I still believe in a higher power. Call it God ( for lack of a better name). I still believe in Jesus. ( and no, I can't tell you why .) which I find hard to understand. I mean you would think that I would have some reason to believe.
One starting point is to ask yourself what exactly you mean by 'higher power'. I wonder if your belief in a 'higher power' is merely just the tacit acceptance that human beings lack control
over the vast majority of events and outcomes in the totality of reality. I mean - does this 'higher power' thing you believe in necessarily
entail characteristics such as 'sentience', 'will', 'intention', or any other sort of anthropomorphic-esque feature?
When you say you believe in Jesus, do you mean to say that you believe that Jesus Christ, the human-incarnate form of the Son of God, actually existed and sacrificed himself for the purpose of human salvation? Or is it more of a belief in the goodness and lessons one can garner from an ideal Jesus-esque character?Getting more specific
is one very good way of examining your own beliefs. If you find yourself being overly-vague and nebulous, the difficulty in finding solid reasons and/or evidence for your acceptance of a claim may stem from the lack of coherent definition
revolving around that claim. You may be having a hard time finding solid reasoning for your acceptance of x
characteristics that distinguish it from not x
. In a sense, you're looking for an answer, but you don't know what question you're trying to answer in the first place
Now this isn't necessarily the case. Sometimes concepts and ideas are very difficult to articulate and communicate, and that does not necessarily mean the concept is invalid
or not real
. But any difficulty in getting more specific
regarding claims that you believe are true should give you pause.
As for the bible. I question it a lot.
I think the question you need to ask yourself here is why you treat the bible any differently
than any other old book. Or do you spend a lot of time questioning other old books like The Epic of Gilgamesh or Beowulf a lot?
As for why I believe. I really don't know. I have been looking for reasons to believe or not believe. Does not look like I am getting any where fast.. But I am still searching for the truth. Once I find the truth. God will either be there or he won't. Nice to see most of the gang still here..
This appears to be the appropriate way to approach this. You believe what you believe, and you'll allow new information and new data to shift your beliefs