tonyenglish7 wrote:OK, tell me something you know with certainty? Your assertion is that you know things about science, god and the universe as well.
Is this a science statement or a metaphysical statement? "The universe, all there ever was, all there is and all there ever will be."
The human mind has evolved in such a way that we are driven instinctually to find answers to our questions. Your Christian faith satisfies that instinctual urge the same way drinking water satisfies your thirst. This same human drive, this instinctual need to know, can be satisfied by any of the faith traditions in any of the cultures on this planet. They all come from the same evolved instinct that has allowed humans to survive and indeed to dominate other life. These profound lies that we tell each other, the stories of gods and the afterlife, do no harm. Human beings can hunt, and farm, and build great cities, all while believing the harmless lies of religion. Did the Maya civilization suffer because of the untrue beliefs of their culture? Actually, for a time, they thrived like no other meso-american culture.
Some of us, a small percent, have a rather weak answer-seeking instinct. It's analogous to the fear of heights. We all instinctually fear high places, but there is great variation. Some people jump off cliffs wearing a parachute just for the fun of it. So call me a theistic base-jumper, I enjoy the thrill of living the truth -- no gods to watch over me and no afterlife to save me from death. It's not for everybody, so I totally understand where you are coming from.