Wow, well I started this last night before I went to bed and just checked to be astounded by the response. Thank everyone for their input. It seems people are always and will always will be ready to fight about religion.
A few things, no one has yet convinced me that atheism is incredibly feesable. For one thing, when one asks why there is suffereing in the world, that is becuase people have free will (as pointed out earlier). If one does not want God he will not help them. They are free to do any of the great or terrible things they wish.
Next, I still don’t feel that their could be a universe without a universe maker. The universe is not a being, it’s a collection of matter. The Creator was a being that made a conscious decision to make everything. For what reason, I don’t know, but I have not recieved the Beatific Vision. Maybe one day, I’ll understand.
“You ask me why I don’t believe, I ask you ‘why should I?’ Aside from convincing myself of a place in a pleasant afterlife, what’s in it for me?”–spooje
I’ll tell you why. I know some people that have accepted God (the Christian one, I guess I should point out) and they exude this sort of happiness that I envy. No, it is not that the sticky, disgusting, bubbly bliss atributed to most converts, but a truly genuine happiness that I don’t think anyone could understand unless they know someone like this. All of the clergy I know are like this.
I can’t refute the existence of God: from the Steps of Loredo, from Josephus and Tacitus and Pline the Younger telling of a man named Christo being crucified, from the Dead Sea Scrolls. That’s my two cents.
We’re all trying to figure the world out together. I’m not saying there is no way to disprove, but I think the benifits of believing far outway those of not.
Religion is not a set of rules, it is a love of God with all of your heart. To believe it is a set of rules is a strictly legalist view. There is nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Here ends my digression. Sorry if I offended anyone. I respect all of your opinions, I just wanted to give mine.