Believing in God

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Agnosticism: Not being sure whether God exists. 

Atheism: Believing that God does not exist. 

Conversion: When your life is changed by giving yourself to god.

Free will: The idea that humans are free to make their own decisions.

Miracle: Something which breaks the laws of science, leading to the assumption that it is the work of god.

Moral evil: Actions done by humans which cause suffering. 

Natural evil: Things which cause suffering but have nothing to do with humans.

Numinous: The feeling of a greater presence.

Omni-benevolent: The belief that God is all good.

Omnipotent: The belief that God is all powerful.

Omniscient: The belief that God knows everything and everything that will happen.

Prayer: An attempt to contact God.

Christian upbringing

'Parents should not force religion onto there children' Do you agree?- 

A christian upbringing gives an environment for good behavior, setting the idea that Jesus is a role model. Morals and Goodness are encouraged and it become a good center for families and communities to spend time together.

However faith can be life-lasting, a exposure to other cultures good be an enriching experience. It can be viewed as a dictation of our children's minds.

Religious experience and belief in god

Do you think God still performs miracles today?

Yes- So many unexplained events; good and bad which affect us. Natural disasters and acts of human kindness which seem to abnormal. 

No- It is the work of science and there is neither any evidence that God ever did perform miracles.

REMEMBER: It can come in the experience of 'A miracle', 'An answered prayer', 'A numinous experience' or 'Conversion'.

The design argument

  • The world is so well ordered and balanced. So complex, beautiful and interdependent on such small parts
  • This complexity must therefore have been designed
  • If it is designed it must have a 'designer'
  • The only being powerful enough is God.
  • God must therefore exist...

Remember DNA, scientists discovered but did not create!

The causation argument

  • Nothing can happen by itself
  • Everything that happens must be caused by something else 
  • The universe could 'not have happened' by itself
  • A very powerful force must have been causes the universe
  • This cause must have been God
  • This means God does exist...

Do you think things can happen by chance?

Yes-It could be the result of science and nature instead of the immediate assumption that God is involved. 

No-God created the beginning and so therefore everything after is a consequence…

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