When I went to Confirmation classes, we had to learn the Catechism off by heart – no problem, the memorisation was easy, but when I started asking questions , I was told there wasn’t time or something – can’t remember exactly, but I do remember asking questions! And back in that time, this was simply not acceptable.Quote
Is there a God? Bad question. One needs to at least define God first--and I can't. In confir-mation, I was taught that "God is a Spirit with the highest perfections." Somehow, that's not enough.
The important point to remember is that we are imagining whatever god we are talking about and there’s a strong clue there – i.e. no reality to know!Quote
We could anthropomorphize--in fact, we must anthropomorphize, but what we come up with is pretty lame: either a super duper human that can't be killed--or a mysterious force. The super dup-er human we've been imagining most recently is in some other world of stars and planets--some Star Wars persona--or an invisible "force." But is that good enough?
We stick with the science and, having learnt and understood that objective evidence is what is most likely to be reliable, we no longer need, nor have we needed to for a long time now, to posit some creator, especially since we know that in order for something to be tested and found to be falsifiable, it must be observed in the first place.Quote
If we go to theories of physics, we speculate about a Creator God--but does that make any sense? Maybe not. What does He do--and how does He do it? But does it make sense not to have a Creator? Maybe not.
We're really struggling. Maybe we can't adequately define God--in which case we can't even ask whether or not there is a God. Where do we go from there?
What ‘real thing’ is this? Also, see my responses above.Quote
Whether people have (or don't have) subjective impressions of God is not very interesting to me--unless they've made a connection with "the real thing."
And here you talk of ‘spiritual clues’ but they are just as imagined as the god they are clues to.Quote
I know I don't have the slightest idea what God is, but I do have some Spiritual clues--and have made a connection.
And that is a very strong claim. Where is its foundation? Where is the substance? I do hope you real-ise that the claim is 100% faith; faith in what people have believed and who have inculcated such beliefs into subsequent generations, so that those who question and do not believe such claims have had enormous difficulty and many have lost their lives as a result. It is really sad that this happens still today, although the freedom to be atheist is now world-wide, generally speaking.Quote
I do have regular contact with the Holy Spirit--and I'm confident that a manifestation of the true God is within me.
All information, bar none, that you gain about God is from human ideas and thoughts.Quote
Looking at a reflection of the sun--or looking through a filter--or looking at a recorded image gives us more information than most of us can meaningfully process with no possibility of harm.
So, we can indirectly gather scraps of information about God--if we try. It may even be easy if we're not too ambitious.
And to close this post, I do hope you will give that sentence as detached and impartial a consideration as you can.
Consider too the fact that if anyone anywhere in the world comes up with a verifiable, falsifiable (etc) fact about God, then it will become a part of the knowledge base we have; and if it happens before my life ends, I will be amongst all those who acknowledge it as such. Not much time left for that for me, though!!