How come you don't believe in a personal God? What do you think of people who do?
I hate answering this question because I do not want anything I say to undermine anybody else’s faith. Faith is a good thing and so long as it does not condemn others gives comfort and peace. I respect people of all faiths.
The idea of a personal God, steeped so deeply in Western society, is actually a minority view of God. The Christian idea of the Trinity or even “God the Father” is alien to most other cultures. In Islam God is seen as unbounded, infinite and beyond thought. In Buddhism God, can be viewed as the One the paramatman. In Hinduism with all of their many Gods, there is Brahman which is not a God but, again, the undivided “One”.
Why do I not believe in a personal God? Because I cannot believe that a being which was all knowing and all powerful could be anything like a man. Moreover, there is no evidence that there is a benevolent force in the universe which intercedes for us. Innocent babies get cancer and die in agony, wars kill millions of children and nothing stands in the way.
This is not to say that there is no benevolence in the world. There is empathy and compassion even among animals. Loving-kindness and compassion are the only forces which can ease the pain of an indifferent universe.
This is why.
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