I'm not trying to diminish your faith, as long as you're acknowledging that is what you have. I am trying to simply explain that what you have IS ONLY faith and that there is NO logical/reasonable/scientific way to state that God exists. Any argument to the contrary, without new evidence, is of absolutely no value. If religious people would recognize that, you'd probably find that all of the atheists you keep battling would simply disappear.
Also, LOL @ "their hope was completely ill-founded". Really? You really think we're going to believe that's not a full time Christian?
My beliefs are based on Faith,I will readily acknowledge that,but,it is not blind faith.
I will also agree that there is NO logical/reasonable/scientific way to state that God exists,at least,not that I know of.
I have tried to explain the basis for my faith and not surprisingly,I was mocked.
There came a time in my life where I had to turn to God,in order to solve a problem was facing.
I did so,reluctantly a) I questioned God's existence,therefore,it appeared foolish,to pray to someone or something you don't accept as being real.
My situation,to me,was very painful,so I prayed nevertheless.
On the same day,same date and about the same time when I directed my prayer to God, for a positive response to my my very specific prayer ,another event was occuring that led to the solution of my problem.
Could that have been a coincidence,yes....but ,it raised some doubts in my mind,could it have been God?
Through the years,I have found myself in other situations that have caused me to turn to God in prayer,with equally positive results. These results caused me to use my reasoning and logic in order to arrive at a conclusion.
If,I pray to God for an answer to my prayer and that request is answered,then using my reasoning and logic,I can come to one of two conclusions,Either ,the result was coincidental or God answered my prayer.
If,I am unable to explain how these coincidences occurred,then I might conclude that the results were based on luck,the power which controls odds and which brings good or bad fortune.
The problem with arriving at that conclusion is that I did not wish for a solution,nor did I hope that good luck would resolve my problems,hoping that the odds were and would continue to be,in my favor.
That is what gamblers hope for,based on wishful thinking.
.I prayed specifically to God to provide me with a solution,having faith that he would respond.
Therefore,based on the results that I received when I prayed to God,I concluded that it was God who answered my prayer
In order to arrive at that conclusion,I used my reasoning powers and logic
The positive responses and other events that took place in my life,allowed my faith to grow.
There are some who will mock me,that is to be expected..
The Scriptures tell me so
That is their problem,,,,Their problem is my blessing....As it confirms the validity of what Christ stated would happen.....Thereby causing my faith to grow
If anyone chooses to respond,they should keep this in mind
“Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something
Those to whom this saying applies,know exactly who I am referring to.
Insofar as the Atheist in question,I don't know her.
Why she wrote what she did,I do not know.
I can neither validate or reject her views,as I am not qualified and the allegations you have made,can only be answered by her