Ten hard Questions by a Skeptic. #1
Welcome to my blog post entitled "Unveiling the Zeitgeist". Recently, I had the privilege to answer 10 questions from a friend about the nature of God and spirituality in general. I am sharing the ten-part Q&A with my friend's permission. I have titled this very first series "Ten hard questions by a Sceptic". I hope that this blog post series helps all the skeptics out there that wrestle with the existence of God in their minds and in their hearts. Friends, It's time to leave the fence!
"When you take that step of faith, you get more knowledge and experience and your relationship with God grows.”
#1. Overarching question: how do we know that God exists and what role he plays in society and in our lives?
Big opening question and tons of details that require some basic rules of engagement so that we can efficiently tackle them and at the same time build up to them. Like a railway, let's set some rules so that our journey and quest for answers can travel safely on both sides of the rail track. If I may propose some ground rules
#1 Let's stick to Christianity including The Roman Catholic church and not throw other religions into the mix. Why? Because I have neither experience nor authority to speak about them.
#2 What I present is my version of Christianity so it may have theological errors, but I don’t care because that is what I can speak about.
Christianity is about having an intimate relationship with God (like a real interpersonal relationship). I will try to stick as close to the bible as I can to give my response a source of authenticity based on the authority of the word of God (bible). The quick and dirty answer is you don’t KNOW. However, the Oxford dictionary defines “Faith” the following and I like their second definition.
Complete trust or confidence in someone or something.
‘This restores one's faith in politicians
Strong belief in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual conviction rather than proof.
‘Bereaved people who have shown supreme faith’
It says that “spiritual conviction rather than proof” and knowing implies the rationalization and cognitive process of understanding a subject matter. That is impossible with God. He fits into no definition nor description. But more about God later below. * So, it really is about faith which is personally “Trusting God” and rather than knowing about Him. “It is a step of faith based on what you know and what you have experienced. When you take that step of faith, you get more knowledge and experience and your relationship with God grows.”
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