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Christians, why do you believe in God/Jesus?

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Because I have felt His hand in my life, and He has and does answer my prayers, and because of some personal experiences I have had. One time I was just sad and needed someone to talk to so I prayed and shared my hurt and frustration and I just felt this warmth, peace, and comfort, like I was being held. Just felt warm from head to toe, like you do when someone says something nice, or gives you a hug that was needed. I didn't feel so alone. I have had some other experiences too, and most of them are answers to prayers. I know He lives because He answers my prayers and gives me the strength to do things I could never ever do on my own.
When I am out and nature too or with sweet animals, I just think there just has to be a divine creater, you can just feel it. The way the sun shines on the horizon during sunsets, just all the beauty around us. You know what I mean?

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Thanks, Shaylen. Are you, by chance, Snow White? "Outside with sweet animals"? Haha!

How personal are some of your experiences with Him?
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Idk I think there is something spiritual about animals sometimes:) they have Godlike attributes. I once was in the woods and was sitting by myself while my parents were across the way and I was by a stream and got really close to this family of deer and when I was walking they got in the water to get away but when they saw me sitting not doing anything they just drank and chilled in the water while I sat there it was so cool! :D
Oh, and yea sometimes when the windows are opening and I'm singing and cleaning in my house birds and squirrels come in and assist me
Lol jk:P
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Haha!

That is very cool, about the close sight of deer, but remember that deer can be dangerous.
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Yea yea I know. It was a very young buck though and two does. I can usually sense from an animals body language how they feel, or how they might act.
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I see. Body language is very important!
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Yes it defiantly is! Especially with horses, since they have the potential to kill you if they want to.
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Thanks for this q btw Marcus:) I think it's important for me and others to think of why we believe in God.
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Body language in humans is most important. We're the most flexible out of most animals which gives us more diversity in body language expressions.

By the way, even though I'm younger than you, I'll say your interest and seeming dedication to animals is so adorable! Haha. And moreover, it's really cool.

You're welcome, but actually I asked because I'm confused.
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That last paragraph was regarding your "thank you".
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Oh well thank you:) been like that since I was little I just am weak for them, love 'em. :)
And oh I know, I was just saying thanks anyway, cause sometimes I get so caught up and I need to stop and remember why and it really helps strengthen my testimony. I know you were asking because you were confused though, and that's ok. I have gotten better about praying, and that's helped me. I pray before I go about my day, and before I go to sleep, and try to keep a prayer in my heart throughout the day. I pray about everything, my concerns, things I need help with, things I am thankful for, and things I just want to share. Before he can answer and help us though, we need to have faith and put our trust in him. If we draw near to him, he will draw near to us:) (sorry for the essay!)
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(It's okay, Shaylen, I debate all the time; I'm used to lots of reading!)

I see. I hope I can find my own opinion.
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Anyway I am going to ride my bike I have been going all day and my parents left on a long walk without their phone so I cannot ask to visit my friend and it's already late. I have been going all day and I need to either be busy or have human interaction I'm in one of those hyper frenzies where I want to act crazy. Baaahh!! Well see ya later Marcus:)
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I wish I could be alone sometimes! Haha. See ya!
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It's not an opinion, it's truth. God lives and he loves us too. I hope you can find that out for yourself. They say God doesn't have favorites, and I agree, he loves us all unconditionally and the same but I think he prefers certain people simply because they are more so obedient. I must say, you Marcus, seem to be very Christian and posses a lot of christ like attributes; you have very high morals and standards, you are very kind and considerate of others feelings and beliefs. You seem like a very good person:)
And oh, on the other comment, I agree. When it comes to my family especially. Sometimes I love to ponder and just be alone. I get snipitty and irritated cause my dad knocks on my door frequently and bugs me for non important things. I'm 20, I am ready to move out soon (hopefully) I want my space! Not a child... So I can relate just is nice to be alone. I just mean my friends and new people. Did some activities Friday and met new people and mingled it was so fun! And my best friend, I just adore her and I feel bad for what she's going through and I would be around her almost always if I could. I was at her house not long ago, on Monday actually, and she threw up blood an tissue and had to yank her nose tube out cause she choked on it :/. Hard to see.
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But another thing about God, I also believe angels are in our mists, watching over us, especially those that are sick and weak. If you go to her house, you can just feel the spirit, like angels are watching over her. It's a really sweet atmosphere at her house, and even though its bad, I know God is going to take care of her, even if it's her time to go soon, (something I need to be more accepting of.) I think it's because of all the prayers. God hears them prayers are what gives us protection.
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I'm sorry about your friend. I don't know what to say.
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Nah it's ok. I want to kick myself when I do that-dump my personal life on people, cause I'm always like "I don't know what to say" as well to others with that kinda thing. It's ok.
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I have enjoyed you're discussion and I too am saddened about you're friend. Let me say this God is real and I pray Lord that your angels do encamp aroundSheylan's friend and her family in their time of need and that You Lord send your healing power to that family I know it is Your will that none of Your children suffer needlessly, so Father God please allow your infinite Mercy and Grace to descend upon this family and bring comfort where ever needed. We thank You Lord for hearing this prayer and let Your Will be done, in Jesus Name Amen. God bless you both
Madmarcus God does exist and He is real keep on searching and you will find Him. Soon you will experience Him for yourself..
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@nep-thank you so much. That's all people can do for her right now and what she needs more than anything is prayers, and so does her family. Poor mother has to deal with her daughter in pain all the time. But I know God is going to take Care of her, whether he wants her to heal, or take her home, he'll take care of her.
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I just need to be more accepting! Her mother is so sweet, she says I accept whatever his will is. I need to be less stubborn and be more accepting of his will, and not my own desires for her.
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Amen.
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I believe in God/Jesus as he is the creator and giver of life. He gives me guidance and the patience as well as hope for a better future. I try my best to live according to his teachings in the bible as it is a great reference point when going through struggles in life.

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But what makes you believe he exists?
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You have to have faith.
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he saves our life and keeps us from going to hell God rocks

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As a Roman Catholic turned atheist, I think believing in something gives meaning to life and gives reasons as to why things happens... Believing in nothing is depressing.

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He is our God.

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That's no reason to believe.
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Well i have plenty of reasons to believe. You dont?
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I can't find any reasons to believe. Can you give me some?
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@lag-share your personal experiences is what he means. (right Marcus?)
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No, just any reason in general.
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My best friend didnt believe in God and i couldnt convince him for anything. Something happened to him and he is super involved in religion. Dont worry God himself will get to you:D
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What happened to him? if you don't mind.
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I think he went to one of those conventions where they go somewhere for a weekend and those really make them realize that God is our saviour.
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I've a friend who was a clergy, and for some obvious reason now he detest god. Does that prove anything??
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God loves all of us
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Does he? Three/Fourth of the world population will not agree upon your claim. Why so?
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I beleve in him because he gives me strength, happiness, hope, and faith! It sends a feeling through my body that makes me feel indescribable! You should really try having him in your life If you don't know!

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Start here:
http://web.mnstate.edu/gracyk/courses/web%20publishing/aquinasFiveWays_ArgumentAnalysis.htm
And here
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teleological_argument#_Just remember you will find arguments, counter arguments, and counter counter arguments. Don't let that discourage you. These are just starting points. You should really speak with a religious leader you trust. Finally don't let the element a faith fool you, ultimately there will be aspects of faith. BUT here is the thing, faith is not limited to the realm of religion and spiritualism; it encompasses ALL aspects of human life. God bless and God speed on your journey.

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I think what's more important is your own personal experiences. At my church, we have a fast and testimony meeting where people can, if they want to, come up to the pulpit and bear their testimony. It's a really good way to strengthen your own testimony and even the people that are listening testimonies, but I can hear people say why or that they believe in God all day but I need to have my own personal experiences and strive to gain my own relationship with God to have my own testimony. That's the most important thing. I need to be constantly working at and doing things to build up my testimony or it will weaken and possibly even die completely. Saying your own personal prayers really helps.
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@ mad: no problem:)
@ shaylen: amen. The most important aspects are to have a personal relationship with the Lord and continue to grow and mature in that relationship. Thank you. God bless!!!!
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You too wisert, you're a sweetie.
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:). Thank you shaylen, again your kindness knows no bounds!!! :)
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Aw well thank you and you're welcome:)
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I believe in God/Jesus because I know that He created all things. He is the sorce of life. He is there watching over me every day. He loves me unconditionally. That is why I believe in him.

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He has given us soooooooooo........ Many signs.

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All quiet on the western front - in the question of WHAT!!
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It's faith based on all the miracles of our every day lives :)

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They believe because, they are convinced that, their god of the endless cosmos told savages to slaughter defenseless, defeated people, "to save alive nothing that breatheth." (Deut. 28, verse 16).
They believe because, they find it comforting that, god of their endless universe had stopped the sun (That is to say, stopped the turning of the Earth), there by increased the length of the day, so one bunch of savages could slaughter another bunch of savages.

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Here we go again you are stuck in the past which has NO bearing on this present day I know you will never chg because you are closed to the new evidences off God Mad don't believe him ask him to prove it what is in the past is the past!
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John 4:8(really all of John 4 really) :He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

I don't know what God you speak of pious, but it's not the God we are talking about. That is certainly not why I, or anyone else here who answered, believes in God.
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Oh and the q said "Christians, why do you believe in God and Jesus?" Not "atheists: why do you think Christians believe in God?"
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That's called a "peer perspective". Like if one asks "Jews, why do u hate holocaust",, the non Jews can also venture answering that q from their knowledge & learning of history. And in all probability that would be okay.
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Again, question didn't ask for peer perspective.
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It didn't? Well if u understood that much then I'm sorry that I've to differ with u.
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Why do you ask this question and do what do you believe in?

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I ask because I'm confused. That should answer both questions.
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I do not recall a time when I did not believe. I only know that some believe and then stop believing. It would appear that belief is a binary code, my N-gate being set to On. however, regarding Jesus, this decision was made later when I have time to reflect and supportive and informed friends in college. Eventually, I was introduced to the Messiah, and I felt like I had completed a journey of a thousand miles.

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Thank you, Pate.
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I believe in JESUS because he died on the cross for my sins , for all our sins . He loves us so much all he want us to live for him and love each other .

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because he created me and i am greatful for that and he died for me so whats not to belive in???

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That's not what I was asking. I'm talking about evidence or life experience.
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yeah me!
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A god neither dies nor is born - if he is at all a god. If he does then - he is no god.
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Jesus died, Pious. Not God. Jesus is Holy, but he had a human body. He also got thirsty, hungry, and I'm sure he stubbed his toe or bit his tongue a few times. Jesus' soul never died, his body did.
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That's what I said. If he died; he could have been holy alright, but jesus could not have been a god.
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If you and I are making the same point, why are you continuing? not to be rude.
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I did not sir. U did; & probably u forgot!!
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Because He's everything that I need. He's provided for me, sheltered me, loved me...more than I ever could have asked from anyone...

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I'm looking for evidence, not convenience.
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Well, you can feel Him and hear Him, if your heart is ready. He can reveal Himself to you in many extraordinary ways if you ask Him to...
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How can I ask Him to show me?
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Just pray. Say, "God, show me who you are." And He will, He's very trustworthy!
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Okay. Thanks.
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That "thanks" didn't sound very immense, but trust me, I really appreciate your help.
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Thanks :)
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I believe in God because of a personal faith, but I also have much scientific and historical evidence to defend my faith.

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Enlighten me with FEW of your many scientific EVIDENCES. I presume that u do know what EVIDENCE is, don't u?
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Well because science is not omnipotent, there has to be a cause for the existence of the universe, a case for the resurrection of Jesus (if you know what a resurrection is), and a case for our free will. I'll explain each.

1. Science is not omnipotent because of all the things it presupposes like logical and mathematical truths, the speed of light, and metaphysical truths like the external world being real or not. These are either accepted by all of us without being able to be proved by science, showing that there is a need for an intelligent architect. Other things like nautilus shells and the pattern they contain with size ratio, or things like the carpenters rule that just came about my nature is more evidence. Also, our world is protected from greenhouse emissions by a layer of CO2 in the atmosphere, which is razor thin. If even slightly interrupted, we would all die. There's obviously an intelligent designer keeping that in place.

2. Jesus resurrection from the dead had to happen, because there is no way the Roman soldiers would have let him escape the cross alive, or not placed him in the tomb, because if they failed, they would subsequently be put to death. Jesus could not have escaped himself, because when he was put in a narrow shelf in a
rock, he weighed 100 pounds and was injured beyond movement. There is no way he could have moved a 2 ton stone from in front of him and defeated two roman guards, I mean it's just medically impossible. And after he was resurrected, his followers were so excited to spread the news of him. This couldn't have happened even if he had escaped death, because he would look so pathetic, that his followers would have just abandoned him.

3. We all have free will in a deterministic universe. An intelligent architect would have it set up that way so that we could choose between him and the force of evil, Satan. God isn't some large man in the sky controlling us with puppet string, and that is shown by our ability to have free will.
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1. Science never claims to be omnipotent. It supposes an idea & ventures upon it until PROVEN (if u know what is proof). That's exactly why the most uttered word in science is not "eureka" but "prove it". If u heard the big-bang or evolution theory then u would know that a "designer" is not a must. It's no doubt that these theories hasn't still solved the question definitely but neither did the creation theory. So, to attest either for certainty would only be perjury.

2. Resurrection of Jesus was a lie perpetrated by the early Christians. His historians, having brought him into the world in a supernatural manner, were obliged to take him out again in the same manner, or the first part of the story must have fallen to the ground. The resurrection of a dead person from the grave, and his ascension through the air, is a thing very different, as to the evidence it admits of, to the invisible conception of a child in the womb. The resurrection and ascension, supposing them to have taken place, admitted of public and ocular demonstration, like that of the ascension of a balloon, or the sun at noon day, to all Jerusalem at least. A thing which everybody is required to believe, requires that the proof and evidence of it should be equal to all, and universal; and as the public visibility of this last related act was the only evidence that could give sanction to the former part, the whole of it falls to the ground, because that evidence never was given. Instead of this, a small number of persons, not more than eight or nine, are introduced as proxies for the whole world, to say they saw it, and all the rest of the world are called upon to believe it. But it appears that Thomas did not believe the resurrection; and, as they say, would not believe without having ocular and manual demonstration himself. So neither will I; and the reason is equally as good for me, and for every other person, as for Thomas.

3. Is free will consequential? I'll come to it after your affirmation.
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Of course free will is consequential, that is why the responsibility falls upon humans to act justly and fairly. If there is no requirer, then we are all just animals without any objective moral values.

As for the resurrection, it is documented by historians thy crucifixion was a common source of execution in those times, and that what is stated in the Gospels accurately parallels the medical things that would happen to a person being crucified. It could not have been made up, because not only is it just documented in the Bible, but it was also documented by the Roman courts which were not Christian, and was also later acknowledged by Constantine. This sparked a new belief and reaffirmed that supernatural was possible, because no ordinary person would sacrifice themselves if it were for an empty purpose.

The origins of the universe are unclear, but something that is clear is that a chain of past events has to be finite, and that means the universe had an original cause. That original cause had to be started by something that was infinite, and that is where a case for God begins.
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