Absolutely. When I denounced Christianity, I was still a believer for around 5 years, but during that period, I was going through a 2nd deconversion of sorts but didn't realize it. I just continued to ask questions and study.
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You can believe whatever suits you. You don't need anyone to validate your beliefs. If you're not sure about your beliefs and want an opinion I will share with you how I believe. I don't know for sure if there is some intelligent force behind the universe but neither does the preacher. If there's a God he only gave me a conscience to know right from wrong anything beyond that is made up. That being said I seriously doubt there's any God. Science has explained that we are not the product of creation but evolution. And my opinion isn't any more valid than anyone else's it's just my opinion.
If you were able to reason your way out of organized religion, it's only a matter of time til you reason away existence of a deity.
I'm guessing you're here: Surely, god exists, but he isn't as insecure and petty as religions make him, right?
Next you'll be here: Why do I even believe he exists at all?
Then you'll be here: Yeah, it's all bullshit.
That's very possible. You can have faith and believe in a deity without subscribing to a particular church or subset of religious beliefs. That being said, I don't recommend it. Belief in an imaginary being is still belief in an imaginary being. Better to take that energy and emotion spent in belief and faith and put it to better use. IMO.
Yeah...I often prove the existence of god as a bar trick....or used to when I went to bars...religions formed around ideas of god may be just opinion's of the sentience of god. So it just means you don't find any of their opinions appealing.
Yup, that is possible. I was raised a Catholic and believed in god and all of Catholicism. I even believed that priests were some sort of ordained REAL wizards.
But slowly all of my beliefs on all those fell away.
I started disbelieving the customs of mass, prayer, etc. I became a non-practicing Catholic. You can say that I didn't believe in religion but believed in god at this time.
Then I started disbelieving that god had magic powers, then that he cared for any of us at all. Then finally I disbelieved that there is a god.
I do not see it as a contradiction where one may believe in a god and doubt the various religions. I would have to wonder where one would get various ideas about a god without religions. Would you say you have any ideas or knowledge about your god, independent from what you have learned from a religion?
If you are asking others what is possible, you need to be in Church. They are the ones who will reinforce your beliefs and keep the sanctity of your suspended disbelief holy. Otherwise, if you have doubts in one, maybe you should doubt both. There is always one person you can trust - yourself!
I have come to believe that religions are made by man. The rules and laws to be followed in a religion are made by man. How could a god as most religions describe him want all the things they claim.
So many christan faiths proscribe to the belief that loving someone (I.e. same sex or another race) is the worst sin you can commit. So much effort is expended in hating rather than loving. Attacking rather than helping. Believe in god if you wish, but not religion.
Yes, it is possible to have faith in god and not have faith in religion. Faith is the ability to have complete trust or confidence in someone or something. Faith or strong belief in god is based on spiritual confidence in a higher being or belief in something for which there is no tangible proof. This is a conundrum of sorts with many questions that will be hard to answer.
If you feel so, but it really seems that a supernatural entity is unlikely because it would violate the laws of physics. If you believed that a deistic God is possible and the likelihood of a personal God is also probable then, it breaks all the rationality we know about the universe. Such as, would you believe that an imaginary God can lessen the effects of an earthquake, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis? All of that are natural phenomenas subjected to plate tectonics etc which is governed by scientific majesty itself. Not by illusionary supreme being.
I'm a newly turned agnostic and triggered by the same thought as yours. I don't believe there is no god, I'll place my bets that there is one.
But since he made us as a creature of free will, think of it from this angle- the moment he chooses to reveal himself, the whole notion of free will becomes invalid. In order to keep the status "free", god must be a silent observer only. No interference, no contacts, no nothing.
This for me solves the dilemma rather peacefully. If God wanted to contact/instruct us, there are literally endless means (rather than the traditional bullshits we currently see in societies). At the same time, this also spares us from the stupid question of disproving God's existence.