Originally posted by tex
... and so far none of you guys have been able to give me another answer. It seems that every Christian/believer I talk to doesn't have a reason for believing, except that they're afraid of the possible consequences. Isn't that a REALLY shallow reason to believe something??
And don't give me that crap about following laws because there are punishments to fit them. Social laws don't determine how you live your life.
Let's see if for once you and I can have an intelligent discussion without the degredation.
We all have reasons for believing. Personally I see God working in my life. I have my ups and downs, I sin, I get angry, sometimes things happen and get upset with God. But I do have a love for God because I see that he stands by His word. He's not my personal superhero and I don't expect Him to be. I expect him to do what He said in the Bible.
In my believing the Bible I am also conscious of Heaven and Hell. I believe that there is reward. I'm also in this for the reward. And postively I want to avoid Hell! Is it shallow? Maybe by human wisdom but, when the Creator of everything says "this I how I made things" then I believe.
Tex- I'm 31 yrs old man. I have been in the military and around the world. I have had wild sex, I've gotten drunk everyweekend, heck I was almost a Male stripper! And I was raised in the Church. My belief is what it is today, because I searched for my answers. I didnt' go to church for almost 5 yrs while I was finding my answers. I partied till the crack of dawn on Sat. nights and told my roomate to be quiet Sunday morning while he got dressed for church. I've found nothing as good as God.
How can you say that social laws don't determine how you live your life? Do you wilingly give the gov. money to register your car? Do you willingly pay taxes? Without social law and the reprecussions, there would be anarchy. This is a Historical fact.