Originally posted by Nimelennar
The title of the thread is "Tell me, Why on earth would I, or anyone else believe in god?"
I have told you why I would, and do, believe in God. I am not forcing that belief on anyone else. In fact, the way I've stated why I belive details it as a very personal reason to believe. Since I'm not saying why he should believe, but only why I do believe, it's up to you to convince me that it wasn't divine intervention.
To use your metaphor, yes, if I were trying to convince you that there were evil leprechauns on the dark side of the moon, the burden of proof would be on me. However, had I seen them, and claimed that as the reason why I believe that there are leprechauns there, the burden of proof would be on you if you wanted to dispute why I believe.
Yes, the thread is titled "Why would I, or anyone else, believe in god?" you havent given a SINGLE reason for me to believe in god... you just told me that you believe, and you believe BECAUSE of the fact that you pray, and it sometimes happends to come true. THat is so surcumstantial it barely makes sense. YOu say that it makes you feel good about yourself... yea, that, I guess is an effect of believing... It's not an effect of "god". You also say that your prays sometimes come true - Does any pray that couldnt happen on it's own, happen when you pray? I mean, you could pray your whole life for a hot stripper to appear in your room, but it will never happen. Therefore, only the likely prays come true.
I could seriously pray to the lepricon god everyday for things that are going to happen; I could pray that I will live another day, I could pray that I will go to work, I could pray that My fridgerator door will still be attached and oop, it all came true! I could say that A hundred percent of all my prays came true, therefore a lepricon god MUST exist. Oh yea, and because I believe him, it seems to comfort me through hard times. That's why you should believe in my lepricon god.