Wednesday, November 07, 2007

To Believe, Or Not to Believe

I'm just curious. Those of us who have religious belief rely on Faith to sustain us. But, religion aside, there are other things that we are often faced with, as matters of whether to believe or not.

We're frequently faced with choices of "belief" at least a few times in our lives. Think of ghost stories, extra-terrestrials, etc. Now I'm not talking about matters of religious nature, just more like the unexplained.

What is your tendency when faced with situations where there is a hint of evidence, but no proof? Are you the type who dismisses the unexplained as myth and fantasy, or do you sometimes accept things that no one can prove?

16 comments:

  1. I sometimes believe things no one can explain. I believe there have been a lot of spooky things out there like vampires and werewolves and ghosts... and those are just hard to explain but so many reports and stories of such things.
    Lisa
    http://journals.aol.com/randlprysock/AdventuresFromFlorida/

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  2. Anonymous10:49 AM

    I try to believe in the basic good in people even when sometimes it doesn't sound like we hear about any. I believe in life in outerspace because its just so big it has to have some somewhere. I mean if we are here it makes sense there are others....right? I want to find out if money makes you happy or sad. Firsthand.

    Julie

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  3. I believe there's much more around us than we may ever know in this mortal phase of our existence. Just because we can't see it or touch it doesn't mean 'feeling' something is bunk.

    I'm not a sucker and don't propagate those "wow" emails without verifying the story (for example), and I'm skeptical about crop circles as proof that aliens visit, but I believe there's much more to the world than those things we can see. And that there is life beyond our earth.

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  4. I suppose many would call me "wishy washy", but I tend to have a very open mind. I also have a very strong belief in God and I feel a close personal relationship with Him. I don't however close my mind to the possiblity that their are other 'weird' and unexplainable things out here in our world. I think that once you close your mind, you become a puppet. And, I am no ones puppet.. at least not of this world. Life and it holds is so interesting and there is so much to explore and to expand ones knowledge with. So, yeah.. I guess I'm wishy washy when it comes to believing in just ONE thing.

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  5. Missie2:37 PM

    I have lived in a haunted house growing up that is documented in books. The unexlained is out there!
    Missie

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  6. Anonymous4:36 PM

    Oh, I'm a believer... Usually, someone has to prove something ISN'T true for me to NOT believe! I trust and follow my instincts, my heart and my senses in most cases.

    I myself have seen what I still to this day believe was a ghost. It's a bit of a lengthy story, and I've thought of blogging about it, but wasn't sure how it would be received.

    Some things are just meant to be accepted regardless of whether or not we understand. Many happenings in life are unreasonable and unexplained. Why waste time and thought on the what if's and why's when we might not truly need to know? In time, the answers may come.

    Thoughtful entry, Jimmy!

    Chelle

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  7. Linda5:01 PM

    It all depends on what is being told. Sometimes I belive it and then sometimes I don't! Linda

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  8. I won't buy everything but if I don't have a reason to NOT believe... Then why not? Unexplained things make life more interesting lol

    ~Lily

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  9. Hi Jimmy,
    I think it depends on the circumstances. I like to think I have an open mind and -- all things considered -- I'll believe something when the evidence is convincing. I usually have a pretty good gut instinct and I've learned to trust it over the years.
    Best,
    Marty

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  10. I don't necessarily believe these things to be true...but I always believe in possibilities.

    Pretty much anything is possible.

    And I've had a few "interesting" experiences that validated some those things.

    Sometimes, it's about being open-minded...sometimes it's faith. I'd like to think I have both.

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  11. Anonymous7:15 PM

    It depends on the situation, subject and mood. Sometimes, I can accept and other times, I think it's a myth and wonder how others can believe...

    Jackie aka Bamawmn

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  12. For me, Faith is trusting belief in the intangible...you just "know". I think (as we are seeing more and more) that Faith and Science are more intra/inter-related than we are aware. ;) C.

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  13. Anonymous3:33 PM

    I believe in energies and a greater power, whatever you call it...God, Buddha, etc. Angels can't be explained, and come in all different forms. I beleive in things I cannot see or explain.
    xoxo !Myra

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  14. Anonymous11:32 PM

    I'm very good at screwing up quotes, so hopefully I'll come close with this. "There are more things on heaven and earth, Horatio, than ever we may know." That's suppose to be Shakespeare. Anyway, my point is that until I see actualy proof that something does or doesn't exist, I'll try not to pass judgment. Do I believe in ghosts or extraterrestrials? I haven't seen absolute proof for or against either. Do I believe in God? Absolutely. It's hard not to look around and not find a miracle. Do I believe in preaching. Hell, no. I'll shut up now.
    Jude
    http://journals.aol.com/jmorancoyle/MyWay

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  15. Anonymous11:34 PM

    Okay, so I'll add again just like I did to your last entry. Just because someone tells me they're psychic, doesn't mean they are. It also doesn't mean that they're out to get all my money.
    Jude

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