Belief and knowledge are clearly different [Kill Em With Kindness]

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Belief and knowledge are clearly different [Kill Em With Kindness]

Yes, you believe in a god. Given the language of this newsgroup it is most likely the Christian god.

Most people can remember many things they used to believe but no longer believe. While theists dislike Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny being compared to a belief in their god they are apt analogies. Be good and be rewarded.

But as a child you most likely believed good always wins and the bad guys are always taught because ALL movies and TV programs show it happening. As you grew up you came to believe that even the worst people would fight for a noble cause and came to love the anti-hero.

As an adult you should know those are fiction. Name a real life anti-hero if you can. 80% of all murders are never solved. Same for all other crimes. The fraction of white collar crimes is even less. Steal with a gun and 20 years hard time. Steal with a computer and 5 years at Club Fed.

The real world is not as you were taught to believe. The real world is not as presented by Hollywood.

In the real world there is no difference between a god and no god. The difference between religion and no religion is guilt in the former but no change in behavior. The reformed criminal is the stuff of legend, Hollywood legend.

But if you have physical evidence of a god why do you keep silent? If you believe without physical evidence you should remain silent else be subject to ridicule and farting in your general direction.

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Is "Real" relative?

I noticed that no one has really touched this blog since it was posted, so I thought I might add my two cents...

I'm not sure about your crime statistics; I've been in law enforcement for ten years now and I can tell you that only a small fraction of the murders committed in America (I don't know about the rest of the world) are solved within the 24 hours of the crime.  I wouldn't use your statistics to try to make a credible argument in a public forum.

I do agree with you that Hollywood definitely does not know how to portray "real" life.  "Real" is very relative to the director, producer, special effects crew, and/or costume department in Hollywood.  Unless you seriously were addicted to television (and grew up prior to the 1970's), I doubt that anyone was convinced that the "good" guys always won.  Although it does make for good TV ratings.

Your last paragraph seemed a bit out of place with the rest of the blog, unless I just didn't "see" it coming.  Christians will tell you that the "physical" evidence of God is the existence of the universe and its intelligent design (Romans 1:19-20).  But Christians do not adhere to the concept of needing "proof" because their beliefs are based upon faith.  It is the skeptic (or atheist) who demands proof in order to believe in something as encompassing as all-powerful God.

I think Dawkins presented this viewpoint in "The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design" if you want to read more about this concept.  If you wish to read more on the Christian side, the Bible is the obvious choice, but there are some other apologist authors like Alister McGrath, Alison Thomas, and John Lennox who you may enjoy.

Remember that the Christians believe this:  The Bible does not tell us everything we want to know; it tells us everything we need to know in order to have faith.  My creed is Mark 8:38.

Enjoy the new year!