Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Levels of Belief in God

I had a great talk with a good friend of mine this past weekend and it stirred up some familiar ground so.......
Allrighty folks lets take a poll...this is a non scientific and non forwarded poll...Here we go...which one of these categories would you classify yourself in?

I have a strong belief in God, I talk to him every day, I know that I am saved through his son Jesus Christ who died for me on the cross. This is the central meaning in my life, I believe that Jesus is the only way to get to heaven, whoever does not believe in him will after death enter into an eternal separation from God where there will be weeping and nashing of teeth.

I believe in God, this belief comforts me. I pray and I go to church. I am really scared to die and I am glad that I am going to go to heaven. It makes me feel good to believe in something greater than myself.

I believe in God and I am a Christian, I haven't been to church in years but, I am going this Sunday in fact because my coworker is reading this book called 'the Purpose Driven Life' and he wants me to come to his church he says it's really fun and the people there are really nice.

I guess I believe in a higher power, because how else are we here, and I went to Yosemite and thought, there is no way that Half Dome and El Capitan could have happened by random chance. I could could care less about going to church and reading the bible.

It is impossible to know if God exists because you can't prove it one way or the other.

I have a total lack of belief in any supernatural deity.

Which one of these possibilities do you fall in to dear readers? Or do you have another possibility that I haven't written here?

Oh yeah and for those that don't know...here is my answer......
I have a total lack of belief in any supernatural deity.


Sailing Vessel Serenity NOW said...

Other. I believe in God and believe that all thing's are possible with God at my side. I believe in the life here after and know that I will be joined with my loved ones that have gone before me and will live at the right hand of God Almighty, forever and ever.

Love ya, Susan

Garrett said...

That is a nice positive sentiment, however I will not be there with you, I will be roasting in hell. My crime? What did I do to deserve this eternal torture? Did I rape and kill children? Nope, I have the wrong religion. I deny the Holy Spirit. My question to you Susan is simple....where are you getting your notion that your loved ones will be with you after you die? Is it just a comforting thought? I argue you can't get this notion from the bible because the bible teaches us that people who are not believers will be in hell. So you must be Ignoring these verses, instead preferring to focus on more positive ones like "love thy neighbor" or maybe it is something else, I am truly curious where you get this notion.

Luke 12:8-10: "I tell you, whoever acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man will also acknowledge him before the angels of God. But he who disowns me before men will be disowned before the angels of God. And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven."

Matthew 12:30-32: "Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. And so I tell you, people will be forgiven every sin and blasphemy. But the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come."

Sailing Vessel Serenity NOW said...

No drinking ther koolaid here, it's just the way I feel.

Love ya,


Bible Thumpin' Mike in Utah said...

Very good questions and responses. I know many people who share the feel good idea. There is no indication that we will know each other in heaven as we do now. If so, than their must be weeping and sadness in heaven because if we dont see Uncle Louie, we will be saddened to know where he must be. Our focus will be on Christ and not those we know here. Blah blah and so forth.
My faith is directly in God's Word and what it says. It is not based on feelings or "how I feel" at the time. My whole life is focused on my faith. I am an ungodly buzzard sins daily and do not deserve to be saved. I do not read after the liberal Rick Warren, nor do I ever visit the "Christian" book stores and read the rubbish in there. So on and so forth.

Karen said...

I’d be lying if I could pinpoint my faith. I have not read A Purpose Driven Life so I cannot reflect on Rick Warren’s beliefs. But I do think that there is a common theme in life. Everyone wants to be loved. I dreamed of marrying a Christian man and raising our children in the Episcopal Church. Instead I married an agnostic who happens to be the most incredible husband and father I could ask for. I suppose my vision of religion is not as black and white as others would prefer. I go to church and bible study because in it I find healing. Church allows me the time and space to reflect in life. I speak to God as I would a dear friend. I don’t feel like I need to know all the answers in life or death. I just feel like I need to live life as truthfully and beautifully as I can.