No, if I believed as you do, I would have no reason to want to escape death.<quoted text>
That is the difference between a believer and a sceptic. Nobody KNOWS what led to the big bang at this stage. Not you and not me.
You choose to fill the gap in our knowledge with a pretend explanation "must have been an infinite intelligence". I stick with the honest answer - we dont know. Some scientists have as yet untestable conjectures but nobody "believes in them". If we can find a way to test them, then one day they will be tested.
Its not a coincidence that you choose to believe what you do, instead of being honest, because you hope that in such a belief there is an escape from death.
Since I believe as I do, I can look forward to death. Not suffering, but death.
I do not consider you "dishonest" because you choose a different way than I of determining what is fact / truth. I wish you would not be so presumptuous as to accuse me of being "dishonest." One thing I can assure you is that I am not dishonest about what I believe is truth, any more than you are dishonest about what you believe is fact.
We think differently. That is not being dishonest! That is being human and using our ability to think for ourselves and make personal choices.
I have learned many scientific facts from those of you who have much more knowledge about such things than I have. Much of what you say I accept believing you have stated the facts as they have been presented to you by those who have done the research. When two of you disagree, since I have not studied the "evidence" I have no clue as to who I would consider right on the issue. Personal responsibility!
I take responsible for my Faith in God. I have studied, I have experiences that are more than sufficient evidence for my personal beliefs. That is NOT being dishonest!