Have You Ever Disagreed with God?
This is an honest question to the faithful (and previously faithful, and anyone else who wants to add constructively) of the Ricochet community. It is not meant to be inflammatory or insulting. I use to be quite religious and Catholic, as I was raised. I know many will admit that logic and faith cannot be totally intertwined, though there is a lot of crossover. But these are the type of questions that pushed me to become secular, and I am truly interested in seeing how others deal with these deep questions. I'm not asking to be convinced. This is a purely intellectual exercise.
Most religious people, while they may struggle, convince themselves that God and themselves have an understanding -- and a lot in common. While they might not be perfect in their own eyes, many seem to have an individual definition of who God is. Is He different to every person, or is he singular? Do you ever wish God's opinions were different?
Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, etc. Everyone tends to be approximately equally convinced of the faith they hold. And the faith one follows tends to be the one he or she was born into. Under these circumstances, what makes the faith you've carried your entire life different than the one others believes equally? Do you believe that if you were born under a different religion that you would have migrated to your current faith or believed the other just as strongly? Do you believe that "faith" is more important than what one believes. Is it at least a virtue that makes it superior to "non-faith" in the supernatural?
I hope to start a conversation, and I believe the community of Ricochet is the best place to have this dialogue.