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Re: Proof Of GOD Is Irrelevant

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Posted by iconoclast on May 13, 1998 14:58:29 UTC

: part of serving GOD is the not really knowing, it's : called FAITH.

what is FAITH? What is the basis of belief? What happens when faiths collide? Is one more valid than another? Not all religious faiths even believe in monothesism. They don't believe or worship the "same God", as some imply. Are the leaders of some faiths smarter, more enlightened, insightful, prefered by God? The answer is obvious. God was created in man's image. The concept fills an emotional need and an important role in society, until abused by zealots.

Belief, in general terms, is based on one of three things. a) evidence b) authority c) an emotional need

So it is that all the major faiths have their miracles (evidence), sacred text (authority), and rituals (emotional fulfillment).

Science deals with evidence, though the process, including the social process, is convoluted. Science does not address all human concerns, but it does impact many areas that religion would, and in the past, has incorrectly claimed as its domain.

The proof of God is irrelevant in the sense that, if you believe it's true. It's true for you and that's all that counts, except when you impose your beliefs on me. Then WE have a problem.

The Iconoclast

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