reply to post by Full_Vision
Very good question!
For me, it was as you suspect, a childhood event - two separate event actually, leading to a realisation later.
Of course, as a fully fledged 'grown up' (that's debatable!) i know there are liars and con-people everywhere, each after something from someone
else or an agenda to maintain.
The initial event that i suppose, changed my view on simply believing anything i was told, came when i was seven years old.
A friend and i were playing nearby to our local church, and being typical young boys, were getting into harmless mischief (Opening the church doors,
and shouting to hear the echo's), when we were nabbed by the local vicar.
He basically scolded us, and told us that 'god' would not like what we were doing, and would be very angry with us.
Being an inquisitive and fairly bright kid for my age, i sensed this bloke was making it up as he was going along. Lying.
So i questioned him..which he didn't appreciate...at all. I asked all sorts of questions, ranging from; Why would god be angry when he should know
all we were dong was 'messing about', and didn't mean any harm? Since i had been told, that god know and sees everything, he must know thins, and
wouldn't be angry at all.
Not satisfied with the vicars answers or attitude, i pressed him (in the manner of a seven year old kid, mind you, so not particularly sophisticated)
to explain how he knew god would be angry, at which point he became angry.
I then asked him how he knew god was even there watching at all? To which he replied, one must have faith. Asking what is faith, he explained it's a
belief in something that we don't have any evidence to , in this case faith in a loving and all powerful god, that created us and all other things in
So, i reasoned, even at that young age, that faith meant that he believed in god, but didn't know for sure if he was even real or not. Which i told
He basically said, well yes, that's right and that is what faith was all about.
That was the end of our little discussion, but this left me confused because whenever i was told about god, it was always as a fact, never as a
This didn't sit right with me, and i realised as the years went by and got into double digit years of age, that almost all of the adults who had ever
mentioned god to me, were essentially damned liars as they never left any room for 'faith' in their descriptions of this god person, it was always
spoken as a fact.
This led to me questioning anything even slightly ambiguous, which i continue to do to this day.
[edit on 17/3/2010 by spikey]