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Posted By: Bee
11-Mar-08 - 05:11 PM
Thread Name: BS: I'd like to believe that there is a God
Subject: RE: BS: I'd like to believe that there is a God
I understand what you're getting at, LH, but I don't agree that it is 'faith'. I could as easily call it 'expectation' or 'extrapolation'. They love me, therefore they are likely to treat me kindly. The sun is known to have circled the earth umptybillion times, therfore I expect it will do so again tomorrow.

As for people you've met from poor countries having more faith, maybe the ones you've met do. I wasn't particularly referring to 'poor' countries, but to truly awful countries. People I've met who've survived gruesome all-encompassing trauma (I've met a few: Halifax is a port, refugees end up there frequently) haven't struck me as particularly interested in religion unless in the tribal sense of 'others like me'. Some will take on the religious trappings of any religious group which participates in helping them; understandable, and kudos to religious groups who do help. There is also a human tendency to question one's own survival when many around you have died. Why me? can be answered: God's reasons, which I can't be expected to understand. Otherwise, it is very hard to accept.

I've recently spoken with a young and affluent teen who by pure luck survived a bombing incident. He saw other children dead, saw people's dismembered bodies. He turned to God, believing God saved him, because otherwise why is he still alive?

In an unreasoning universe, people try to create order, even if it's just pattern imposition.