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The gospels were written decades after Jesus’ death, by non-eyewitnesses. Almost everything I read – even the books written by conservative Christians – gave me reason to doubt, not less. I felt like my best friend – my source of purpose and happiness and comfort – was dying. The atheists made plain, simple sense, and the Christian philosophers were lost in fog of big words that tried to hide the weakness of their arguments. On January 11, 2007, I whispered to myself: “There is no God.” The next day I emailed my buddy Mark: I didn’t want to bother you, but I’m lost and despairing and I could really use your help, if you can give it. I do not WANT to live in an empty, cold, ultimately purposeless universe in which I am worthless and inherently alone.They are riddled with contradictions, legends, and known lies. And how could I accept the miracle claims about Jesus when I outright rejected other ancient miracle claims as superstitious nonsense? I made a historical study of Jesus, which led me to a study of the Bible, historical and philosophical arguments for and against God, atheist arguments, etc. I hope that I find a real, true God in my journey of blind faith. Even the smartest ones just made lots of noise about “the mystery of God.” They used big words so that it sounded like they were saying something precise and convincing.So, when I speak of the aesthetics of belief, I am saying that just as many materialists only believe in what can be experienced by the senses, I believe that my aesthetic encounters with God condition and shape my perception of reality. Well i guess i can share a few of your thoughts coz we lived together through some of these times and im sure we all had our moments where we faced a crossroad and we had to make a choice based on belief or anyother reason.Hi, I came across your site while trying to find good audiobooks I can download. I can see that you are such a brilliant man, an intelligent one, and I believe God will speak to you (or have already been speaking), I jsut pray you will find it in you to listen to Him. Personally im still a christian who is trying to fight the good fight.Other times I felt led by Him to give money to a certain cause, or to pay someone a specific compliment, or to walk to the cross at the front of my church and bow before it during a worship service.Around age 19 I got depressed, probably because I did nothing but work at Wal-Mart, download music, and watch internet porn.But one day I saw a leaf twirling in the wind and it was so beautiful – like the twirling plastic bag in the movie . I realized that everything in nature was a gift from God to me.Grass, lakes, trees, sunsets – all these were gifts of beauty from my Savior to me.
Now I ask for God’s guidance in all quests for knowledge and wisdom.
I don’t recall how it happened, but eventually I found out that I could be more happy and moral him.
I “came out” as an atheist to my family, friends, and church. They were much more concerned when two elders of my church decided they were Catholic.
I feel like I’ve been born again, again.reason – to believe, God simply wasn’t there.
I tried to believe despite the evidence, but I couldn’t believe a lie. No matter how much I missed him, I couldn’t bring Jesus back to life.
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I know what it’s like to think faith is a , not a gullible weakness.