I believe in God, and I fully admit that I believe in God based on my limited experiences.
In college I became a philosophy nerd. But somewhere around my junior year I realized that philosophy cannot prove God. I later realized that science cannot prove God either.
Yet I believe.
I know this is not scientific proof, but this is why I believe. I believe because I’ve seen the blind see and injured healed on the spot. I know someone who was raised from the dead, literally. I could sit here and list so many more miracles that my friends have witnessed.
[And this is all happening in Asia where the people have never heard of faith based healing or any kind of charismatic hype at all. This healing is not the same.]
And I do realize that many miracles can be explained away. But I can’t discredit the person who was raised out of his coffin. I can’t disprove every miracle I’ve seen. In other words, for me, volume speaks a lot. After a while, there becomes too many for them all to be a hoax.
And I know I am looking at a limited picture of the universe and that I am getting glimpses of truth but not the whole picture.
An atheist recently told me that I cannot prove God exists; therefore, I should not believe in him. The first part I agree with. I cannot prove God exists. But the problem is, given our short lives, and the small number of places we’ve experienced in the world, and given the fact that we are limited to six senses and could never see another dimension even if it existed, I do not find the lack of proof to be a good enough reasons for me to explain away the miracles.
Our universe is old and we are young. Given that our life span is more like a fruit flies’ than a planet’s we have to settle for best guess intuition not facts. But because other people ask us why we did thus or so we invent “reasons” in hindsight to “support” our guesses.
To believe something – rather than just stumbling into a malleable opinion — you’d have to have considered all the options. And that’s impossible. There’s always one more book to read. So what we actually mean by saying “I believe this or that” is “I think” or “I hope” or “ I’ve settled on this because my parents said so” or “I earn my living by being a pastor so I’m not about to question my creed” or “I have to believe this because my wife does” or “I need to hold on to something so I choose to believe this.”
What we never can honestly say is “I believe this because I know it is true. I know that because I’ve explored all other possibilities completely and lived every sort of life in every place and time, including the future and I’ve proven this is true. There are no other alternatives.”
This atheists said he wants documented proof of the miracles I’ve seen. There have been people who have documented similar things. I understand that its more likely that I’m lying (and so is everyone else) than a man rose from the dead. That makes sense to me. But the fact that he has never seen the dead rise does not mean it never happened, either. In order to be 100% sure that god(s) don’t exist, he would have to live “every sort of life in every place and time, include the future,” and be able to say, “there are no other alternatives.” My guess is this atheist has seen less of the world than I have, and I admit I haven’t seen enough.
From my limited experiences in a roughly 200 cities in a small space in history, God makes the most sense.
Who that god is, well, that’s another topic in of itself.