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From Christian to Agnostic

For the past few years I've been contemplating God. I've always read the bible and tried to understand but the more I look at the world, the more I come to believe that it isn't just man who evolves, but God as well. I do not know if he exists, but I cannot say he doesn't either. Everyday you see "small miracles" in your own life that would justify him, but at the same time you see senseless suffering that would make you question. The Christians faith is that God does all things for Good, but who are we to say what is Good or Bad in the eyes of God? How can we be so bold and make such claims? The greatest conflicts in this world were over the existence of God. I think if God is with us, he has evolved and even now does not send unbaptised infants to hell or "Limbo" but instead is doing what he has always done: Giving us a choice. The gift of freewill is the greatest thing in the entire universe and those who would deny it are tyrants. This is why I'm Agnostic.

Xorias Xorias 19-21 2 Responses Mar 24, 2008

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I'm kind of in the same boat here. I was actually confirmed in the Catholic church at 16, but after a lot of personal reflection in the past year or so (I'm now almost 19) I'm now comfortable calling myself agnostic. My mother is actually a youth minister, which makes it particularly difficult sometimes. I haven't told her my beliefs, but she at least must think I'm "drifting from God," as I haven't expressed interest in going to church with her for at least a year. I, like most agnostics/atheists don't force my ideas on people, so it's hard to constantly be bombarded with specific religious ideas of others. I don't think we should be condemned for being open-minded.

Xorias:<br />
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The conflict you describe between an all powerful God and pain or suffering, is a classic one. Pain and suffering is one of the most powerful life experiences to cause people to lose their faith in God, or to question God.<br />
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But I would assert that this is not evidence for or against. The existence of God is not linked to God's nature, nor does it imply any particular behavior by God. God may exist but may choose not eleminate pain and suffering. God would not be bound by our expectations.<br />
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I would disagree with the idea of the evolution of God. God, if there is a God, by definition would be fully evolved, completely actualized and fully realized. Already possessing perfect knowledge. Not becoming but already become.<br />
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To me, anything less, while perhaps possible, would be less than a God. They might be an entity who is flawed and evolving towards perfection, becoming but not yet become. However, such an entity is by definition not a God but rather just another being on a similar evolutionary track as mankind.