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Why Do You Believe?

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God Starts With The Pagans. Does it make any sense to talk about gender with regards to god? Symbolically, a creator god should be a wom...

God Starts With The Pagans. Does it make any sense to talk about gender with regards to god? Symbolically, a creator god should be a woman, and this is reflected in ancient mythology. The ancient mother goddesses gave birth to the world and to the first generation of gods, but she has no power. She is pushed to the side and in the first and second generations of gods, the male gods provide the seeds of creation. The male-dominated ancient world could not escape the symbolisms of childbirth, but had to make sure a male god had ultimate authority. This is reflected in the pagan religions of the Greek and Mediterranean world.

Assuming The Truth Of Traditions. How do you know who the Gods are? This may appear a silly question. No one now believes in the ancient pagan gods (well, there may be a few) but for thousands of years they were believed to be real. None of the ancient people who wrote about the pagan gods actually met those gods themselves. They knew of those gods because of the traditions and stories they had heard. They assumed those traditions were true.

Sacred Books. The Jewish, Christian, and Islamic religions have sacred books. Does the fact that they have books to back up their claims make them more reliable than the pagan religious? They are three separate religions, and they cannot all be correct, so some of the sacred books must be wrong. How do you know which books are wrong and which are right? How do you know if any are right? The answer is tradition; just like for the pagans; the foundation of modern religions is tradition. That is why the children of Jewish parents tend to believe in the Judaic traditions, the children of Christian parents tend to become Christians, and the children of Islamic parents tend to become Muslims.

If God Exists, Why Does He Not Show Himself? I do not mean to just a few people in one generation. I mean to every individual that exists or has existed. If god, whoever he is, wants us to follow his lead, he should grant an interview with each of us and explain the advantages of being his follower and what is expected of us. Then, just so we know he is not a human pretending to be a god, he should do some true magic. One objection might be that god’s presence would kill us ordinary people, but Zeus and the pagan gods could present themselves to humans, so did Jesus, so this argument has no substance.

So What Do You Believe?

And more importantly, why do you believe it? All knowledge is ultimately based on belief, whether it derives from religion or science. Deep down, even science with all its evidence, is based on the belief that evidence and testing can lead to some kind of truth. The dependency of religion on belief is more obvious. So why do you choose to believe what you believe? Do you believe something simply because you were told to? Do you believe something because it makes you more popular? Do you believe something because it makes sense to you? Do you believe something because it seems reasonable and logical? Do you believe something because it makes you feel good? Do you believe something because it works?

Why do you believe what you believe?

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Conscience is a man's compass, and though the needle sometimes deviates, though one often perceives irregularities when directing one's course by it, one must still try to follow its direction. -Vincent van Gogh, painter (1853-1890)

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