Today, Gagdad Bob wrote: "many people believe that you must first somehow decide whether or not God exists before joining a religion, but the opposite is true. One becomes religious so as to make God present in one’s life."
I replied with the following:
Might this be a little like worshipping Zeus or Allah before "deciding" whether he exists "so as to make Zeus, Allah, or some other false, mythical god present in one's life"? And given the human capacity for self-deception, if one worships a false god long enough and with enough desire to believe, isn't one likely to come to "know" that this god exists?
Of course, the other side of this epistemological quandary is that if one tries to know that a god exists from, as you say, the "outside," one may never know at all. This is why I have always thought that a real god would make his existence so obvious even to someone on the "outside" that he would be far more inclined to spend the rest of his life trying to know him as fully as possible from the inside through devoted worship.
This is how Gagdad, under the guise of "Cousin Dupree," answered:
"Nags, you raise questions that can only be asked and not answered by entering your invincible density, which no one here is inclined to do. "
Does anyone have a more substantive reply to the dilemma of which I wrote, or am I just being invincibly dense?
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