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March 03, 2009

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Song in my Heart

I think often the answer to the first question, "How do you know that?", is that, frankly, we don't. I have a very strong belief in God, and I don't really know how I know that God exists. I know better than to try to prove the existence of God to anyone else. I accept on an intellectual level that I could be mistaken, but I have no expectation that I will ever be proven wrong. My belief has evolved over time as I have come to understand concepts like ineffability, but that God exists is the surest thing I know.

If I can believe something so strongly despite any logical proof, I can see how others might have more extensive beliefs, held just as strongly. What gets worrying is when such beliefs are in conflict with one another, leading to your second question.

I'm in a bit of an awkward place right now; for a number of reasons I feel drawn toward Christianity in general (and Anglicanism in particular), but I don't seem to be able to shoehorn Jesus into my belief system. I'd just walk away, but I tried that before and was very unhappy. Christianity itches, for some reason.

I just don't know what the reason is.

D. C. Toedt III

@Song, don't throw the Jesus baby out with the bathwater. Just because he wasn't God [IMHO] doesn't mean he isn't worth emulating and following, along with many others.

Neither Jesus nor Paul seems to have wanted to found a new religion, but simply to bring people to God.

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