PaulSacramento wrote:From your history of posting, yes.
Now, I grant you that you have a basic understanding of what I like to call "sunday school theology" or "movie/tv theology".
Do you believe it is possible to understand what Christians believe, and still reject it?
Storyteller wrote: I dont think you really do understand what Christians believe because I think if you did, you wouldnt reject it. You are a smart guy Ken.
Good to see you again Storyteller; haven’t heard from you in a while.
As far as understanding what Christians believe, the person I was discussing with listed 5 things that all Christians believe
*God is eternal
*God is all; knowing, good, powerful, and presence everywhere.
*Belief in God is rational
*Jesus is the Son of God, he died, rose, and will return
*Non believers will be judged.
Now as simple as those 5 beliefs are, he is convinced I don’t understand them. He said it is due to the previous conversations we’ve had. I suspect if he honestly feels that way, there is little more I can say to convince him otherwise, but trust me; I do understand those 5 points.
But you say if I understood them I would not reject Christianity. Is it your opinion that a person must either convert to Christianity, or already be a Christian to understand those 5 points? And does this apply to other religions or only Christianity. In other words, (for example) if someone were to explain the 4 stages of life in Hinduism to you, do you believe you would have to convert to Hinduism in order to understand what is being explained? Or do you believe you can understand what he is telling you while keeping your faith in tact.
Storyteller wrote: Do me a favour? An experiment. Argue the case for God, for say a week. Argue like you believe God exists, tell me who your God is and why.
I don’t know if you remember some of our previous conversations, but years ago, I spent much more than a week arguing a case for God when I was Christian, even to the point of attempting to ignore evidence that caused me to question or even contradicted what I wanted to be true. Obviously it didn’t work.
However if I were to try this experiment now, the God I would make a case for would be similar to the one you worship, except he wouldn’t involve himself in human affairs. Sorta like planting a seed and just watching it grow without interference on his part. A God that chooses to remain hidden without any contact with his creation would make more sense to me.