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My Faith

Update: I grew up believing in the Bible, and I've read it regularly. However, when searching for answers, I ended up with more questions. I found so many errors and contradictions in the Bible over the years that I wasn't sure if it was truly the inspired word of God. I also have had doubts that any religious text written by man could be directly from God. I considered the belief in Deism, which is a reason-based belief in God without the reliance of any religious text written by men. Some of the most brilliant people of all time, including Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking, apparently were Deists. I still, however, believe in Jesus, so even if the Bible has many man-made errors, it doesn't mean the story of Jesus is an error.

Here are some things I believe:

  1. God created the universe through a period of billions of years.
  2. God orchestrated the evolution of man and all other life-forms.
  3. Heaven is an eternal paradise far beyond the imaginations of man.
  4. Hell is not eternal. I don't think a loving God would not condemn his creation to fire for eternity. Maybe for a long time that seems like forever, but not literally forever.
  5. God is an omniscient being whose attributes are so far beyond our comprehension, that man cannot write books about Him and call it "truth" any more than a bug can write about humans. However, there is so very much evidence supporting the virgin birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, that I can't possibly deny Him.
  6. God gave us the Earth to enjoy, not destroy.

My original stance is still the same:
First off, there definitely IS a God. It is foolish to think it not so. I mean, how can the complexities of life just accidently evolve in to us and the other life-forms on the planet? Consider all the systems in the body: circulatory, nervous, alimentory (sp.), etc.; all working together in harmony to keep the body alive. Also consider the animals with all their different forms with spots, and stripes, and whatnot. And cuteness: how can this have evolved? Certainly God had intentionally created certain animals to be adorable to please mankind.