For now, let’s say “God” is whatever happens to be the actual cause of this reality we seem to be experiencing—the “why” or “how” behind it all.
What would be important to God (Ultimate Reality) regardless of what God really is?
If God is a person, then existence is God’s expression . . . maybe to us. Continue reading
Because of how it can be tied it to experience.
You find the same dynamic at play whether in the words of the Bible itself, in sermons being preached, in studies on theology, or just in conversations between Christians: Part of what’s written or said touches real human experience, while the rest frames and interprets that experience into a narrative—a story that accounts for it. Continue reading
I don’t think we can choose what we believe; we believe whatever we’re convinced is true.
I’d like to share a perspective to hopefully help you continue on in your search for truth without causing conflict with your loved ones. Continue reading
Today someone asks: What are the differences between faith, trust, and belief?
Great question, since many use all three terms to mean the same thing. I go through each (in reverse order) in my video response below. Here’s an outline: Continue reading
Existence itself is evidence.
Or, maybe I could say: Existence existing is the evidence.
Regardless of what we can know about existence, we know for sure that something must exist.
Could this question not exist?
And something must account for whatever exists (whether or not we can know anything about it).
Either existence came from something, came from nothing, is really a dream, is really a computer simulation… These are all accountings.
Perhaps when we look at existence from our human perspective and scope, we account for it all with a thinking, creative Being.
Is that accounting necessary?
Let’s call whatever actually accounts for existence “God.” Must God be a person?
The full potential of positive thought depends on whether or not you believe in magic. But we’ll get back to that.
People really aren’t that complicated. What you tend to focus on and talk about sets the general course for the direction you’re going. Continue reading
We don’t actually believe anything blindly.
We believe whatever we’re convinced (deep down) is true.
But as soon as belief gets turned into the official standard, goal, or currency, we’ll do all we can to make ourselves believe (or act like we believe). Continue reading
Everyone thinks their current beliefs are true.
And it’s part of our nature (an immature part, yes, but definitely innate) to look for only confirmation, and to resist all challenges.
You could deliver the perfect argument, dense with relevant reason leading to inescapable conclusions, and you’d be met with only at best a glazed-over smile and a twinkle in the eye for all your trouble. Continue reading
The worst argument used to defend a particular faith is also actually the best.
Faith defenders use two types of arguments: arguments that end in probabilities, and arguments that start with presuppositions.
Probabilistic arguments use evidence and logic to show that a certain faith is justified. The conclusion is: “See, it’s not unreasonable to believe what I do. My argument shows that my beliefs are probably true.” Continue reading
Within specific religious theologies, “faith” acts as a currency. Showing you’ll accept and live by the interpretation is what grants you entrance and power.
I’m not saying there’s necessarily anything wrong with that (especially if the theology turns out to be true). Continue reading
Which is more valuable: life or truth?
Regardless of the amount of truth you have or know, there’s no telling how much more you could uncover in your remaining time.
That said, I believe your real experience and honest perspective are worth more than anything. Continue reading
It can be easy to unintentionally jump between different definitions of a word in conversation.
This happens often with faith.
Faith can mean belief or trust, but the reasons someone should believe or trust something are obvious: You believe what you’ve been convinced of; you trust what’s proven trustworthy. Continue reading