reply to post by Ichabod
Your assumption is quite common. Most can't understand why I would turn against God after having the devout Christian upbringing that I did. However,
my decision to label myself as "agnostic" (although I'm not an advocate of labels in general, these discussions often call for it), after about 10
years of researching my questions that could never be answered as I was growing up in the church.
I also got my undergraduate degree in biology, so my education of evolution and geology may have somewhat contributed to my change (I realize that's
a totally different discussion, so we don't have to go there
) Anyway, I have come to the conclusion that for me personally, the bible was never
meant to be taken literally. It is a book of moral tales and and literary beauty (in most books.)
As a 5-year old I often asked questions about how certain stories in the bible could be true (i.e. Noah's ark, Jonah and the Whale, "burning
bushes," Virgin birth, the "location" of heaven, etc.) These are typical childhood questions. However, the standard replies of, "because it says
so in the bible," or "you just have to have faith," were never good enough for me, as they were for my siblings. I also couldn't understand how a
loving, merciful God could emit such wrath on his own creations (i.e. Sodom and Gomorrah, the Flood, etc.)
So, I entered my college years with these nagging questions, and paired with science and the general lack of evidence to prove God exists, I arrived
at the conclusion that there's no proof He exists, but I can't deny the possibility that He may exist (hence, the "agnostic" label.)
To answer your question, I am content with the belief that if God exists and he created me (along with my "scientific" mind that makes me perhaps
more skeptical of things I cannot see) then he will love me in spite of my faults.
I thank you for your peaceful discussion of this topic.