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Last night at c-group ($20 word for Bible study) someone posed the question: If I was convinced God didn't exist, would I be drastically different?

At first I said, "OF COURSE!" I wouldn't have my current job, or likely live in Colorado, or be married. And I'd probably be an alcoholic and denying it. Big changes. But would I be much different? The more I thought about it, the less I thought I'd be a different person. My life would be drastically altered, but I don't think my personality would be. I'd still be a smartypants, still be artistically inclined, still refuse to believe that I kind of look down on a large portion of society. Maybe it's my insistence on the implications of environment. But in that case, why hasn't living surrounded by Christians affected me more? I don't know, it's something to think about.

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1 comment:

Gordon said...

I think it largely depends on ones conviction in their belief of God to begin with. I would argue that a if your motivations are driven only by a belief in God, or the attempt to believe in God, then that lack of belief would cause a large swing in some other direction. If your belief in God is intrinsic and more intuitive (regardless of your religious affiliation), then I would argue that a lack of belief would less affect the individual on the grounds that their "moral compass", not their specific belief, guides their life.

Having gone from belief to moderate non-belief, or at least belief only in the abstract, I would argue that it hasn't dramatically changed me as an individual so much as its changed why I do things and how I view the world.