Paranoid Android on Jul 9 2008, 10:01 AM, said:
For Christians, we don't "believe" God exists. for us, it is a fact of life (yes, we understand that not all people believe God exists, and for those that do, not all believe in the same God). But that is quite irrelevant. The point is that for a Christian God does exist. It is a solid fact.
Mathematics is also a solid fact. 2+2=4 is a known fact.
So when a Christian refers to both of these, what we mean is that to our own personal worldviews, the existence of God is as real as the facts of mathematics. It is an analogy to express to other people that what we believe (God) is not just "belief) but solid fact.
I don't think any Christian would say 2+2=4 and therefore God exists, but that is what I think you are trying to imply, is it Sheri?
I never have been able to understand this sliding scale that some believers use, to me it is utter hypocrisy to demand a higher degree of certainty for some beliefs than others.