After countless posts, it’s become pretty clear that neither camp is going to convince the other. Perhaps one reason I’ve been as persistent as I have is because I was in your camp once. I understand what it is like to KNOW that god is real, that god has spoken to your heart, and that god is watching over your life. I understand wanting to share that happiness and peace with others. I did so myself as a full time missionary in Australia for two years, and over many years of church service.
I guess it’s human nature to want others to see the world as you do. I’ve been guilty of the same zeal I had as a believer, only here I’ve preached agnosticism as the path to truth
During our discussions, I’ve been demonized as disingenuous, hateful, and debased. My agnosticism, and being a gay man, have made me a target of some pretty “strong” remarks. In turn, I’ve made remarks about people believing in fairy tales, and being bigots, and for that I apologize.
I know that you are sincere in your beliefs, and I don’t fault you for that. I wish you every happiness that life has to offer, however that path works out for you.
I’ll continue to participate in the forum, but I’ll be more sensitive in my comments about beliefs that are important to you. I know that won’t make any practical difference in how we ultimately see things, but hopefully it will lend a little more civility, respect, and dignity to our discussions.