reply to post by stereovoyaged
It's very refreshing to hear someone admitting they are prepared to re-examine their presuppositions or beliefs. All of us need to do that from time
to time. Even if our convictions are deep-seated it can do us no harm to ask 'Why?'
Whatever has prompted you to do some heart-searching - whether the wonders of creation: from the order seen in the cosmos to the physical laws
themselves to the endless complexities of biological systems, etc., or whether something that has touched on the spiritual dimension to life, from
purpose to prophecy - I do hope you are enjoying the sense of broadening horizons I felt when I first became aware there may be a lot more to life
than meets the eye.
I now believe that there is something at work, not a God, but something.
Mind-boggling isn't it? As to what "it" really is I'm personally convinced humans could/would never know unless 'it' revealed itself. If it is
beyond our senses and beyond our realm self-revelation is the only way the issue can be settled with any clarity.
I do believe there are clues all around us, as I say, in the natural realm, and within the human psyche. As it happens I alluded to this in a post a
bit earlier today in this fascinating thread:
Blind people see during NDEs
All I can suggest is that you examine the evidence for self-revelation by a power able to predict the future. It's on that basis that I regard my
Christian faith as entirely rational. It is evidence-based, and a lot of that evidence relates to prophetic writings fulfilled centuries after being
Some people have an objection to the premise that a greater power would use the utterances and writings of human beings to reveal himself - but what
better way to make oneself understandable?
As such, all I can do is encourage a reading of the New Testament with an open mind. There is far more to it than many realize: if only they took time
to read it for themselves they'd realize so much of what is said in opposition to it is based on ignorance.
Here's some evidence worth examining:
The New Testament Documents: are they Reliable?
...my belief that "feeling God" is just adrenaline, same as being in a sports stadium, a fight, etc, I have felt the feeling described by
christians as God and believe me, it was in no way in any religious context.
The feeling of euphoria you describe can easily be mistaken for something else by all of us. In fact many unscrupulous 'Christian' leaders use it to
manipulate a congregation. Emotionalism is not a valid Christian experience. The way laid out by Christ was based on his teaching, not his miracles -
something lost on many who have been mislead today.
Getting back to your original comments - prophecy is
indicative of a higher power. It pertains to an intelligence not bound by our frame of
Check out this succinct explanation from dr_strangecraft, taken from an old thread on the
nature of eternity
A famous physicist once said that the history of the universe is like a parade going through downtown; we are little children peeping through
our parents legs as the parade passes. One moment, we see a row of marching trumpeteers. Then trombonists. Finally, the tubas in the back of the band.
then we see horses and flags. Maybe some floats.
We are confused into thinking that when we see the tuba-players, then the trumpets and trombones no longer exist. Then, when we see horses, we only
have a dim memories of tubas, and say that such things only exist in our minds now.
But God sees it all at once, like a person watching the same parade from atop a tall building. For him, the trumpeters are equally real, equally
alive, as much as the horsemen or the tubists, or even the floats and circus animals that don't even exist for us yet.
For God, all of history is equally real, equally alive equally . . . . now, for want of a better term.
It is for this reason that I believe the prophecies of the Bible, scores of which were fulfilled in exquisite detail in the life of Christ, (and in
countless other ways,) indicate divine authorship. And why events yet to come to pass are described as if they were history.