I'm always talking to God about whether or not he exists - that's how I know I'm a theist.
But, God knows best, I concluded.
Although I'm an atheist, I try not to crap all over people's belief in God. It may be nothing more than a placebo, a fairy tale that gives the hopeless hope, but sometimes a little hope is all people need to get through the day. Imagine a unit of soldiers under heavy enemy fire. They are told by their superiors to hold their position, even in the face of overwhelming fire power. The soldiers are being told that reinforcements are on the way, and that thought alone gives them the hope and courage to continue fighting, even if ultimately the reinforcements never arrive. I think some people simply need to believe that God is sending them reinforcements, to get through another day.
I have seen a world within a world within a world but never a world ending without another world
We won't ever experience the rewards of belief without the risk of belief. Acting on our belief in God in the present moment is risky. It requires courage and faith. But when we do it, we have a story to tell that echoes God's greater story - the story of a God who rescues, redeems, helps, heals, and restores those who place their faith in him. It's not enough for you and me to talk about belief, write about belief, or plan to act on our belief someday. We must grab opportunities when we see them, surrendering our fear to his certain providence and love.
When it comes to the Big Questions in Life, the preponderance of credible evidence is the best advisor to inform our beliefs. The companion enterprise are the methods by which one interprets the evidence which demand unwavering intellectual honesty.
Can you see God? You haven't seen him? I've never seen the wind. I see the effects of the wind, but I've never seen the wind. There's a mystery to it.
Prayers, maybe most of them, go unanswered. You two, you’re too young, too fortunate, to know that. You will. Prayers go unanswered. Not God’s fault. People keep getting in His way.
It is of the very nature of partial seeing that we cannot see all the reconciliation of the parts we see, because it is only in the whole that they are one, and we do not see the whole. The word we form cannot wholly express God: only the Word He generates can do that. To be irked at this necessary darkness is as though we were irked at not being God.