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As an individual who is particularly prone to doubting things, I have often run up against doubt against my faith in God and my belief in His existence.  Whereas I thankfully have come through all my doubts so far, I have largely had to fight these doubts all on my own without much help from others (except, of course, from God).  I really don't mean to come across as arrogant, but most of my doubts have been such that nobody I know has had the knowledge to know how to help me, or at least not especially much, but I really do believe that having someone able to answer my questions would be very helpful.  With that in mind, I was wondering if anyone knows of any professional resources where I'd be able to ask my questions?  For example, Stand to Reason has a website str.org which is great, but doesn't really have too much of a place where I can ask my own questions.  

Any advice or thoughts are appreciated. :) 

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Why don't you give us a chance to respond  to your issues?  Are you afraid our answers will be too complicated for you to understand?  

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19 hours ago, Deadworm said:

Why don't you give us a chance to respond  to your issues?  Are you afraid our answers will be too complicated for you to understand?  

Not at all--in fact, I actually have posted several questions on here about various things I was wondering about--but that's just my point: I haven't found many answers here.  That's not to say that I don't appreciate people's effort, or that I think people are dumb, but rather that my thought process is just different from most others here.  Of course, if you're interested I'll gladly mention my questions to you, although they probably would seem rather strange and obscure (lol) and I very much doubt whether either of us would actually gain much from the discussion.  If you're interested, though, like I said I'll give you the scoop. :)

Regardless, though, I'm still interested in hearing about other sources as well.  After all, even if I do find answers here, more help is always good, no?

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You mention no specific question here and upon a quick review of the topics on which you have posed questions in the past, I would start with a simple answer and that is to start with an understanding of Faith. Paul tells us in his Epistle to the Hebrews "Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Hebrews 11:1. Faith is the first step to understanding.

With that as a start if you wish to research scholarly discourse on your more specific scientific questions, might I suggest you visit the folks at the Institute for Creation Research here;

https://www.icr.org/science

They are scientists from different branches of the Physical, Earth and Life sciences and have quite a variety of discourse on Creation based scientific topics as well as related subjects. Some pretty interesting theories with solid research and scholarly writing in plain language if you ask me.

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On 9/19/2019 at 11:23 PM, theInquirer said:

As an individual who is particularly prone to doubting things, I have often run up against doubt against my faith in God and my belief in His existence.  Whereas I thankfully have come through all my doubts so far, I have largely had to fight these doubts all on my own without much help from others (except, of course, from God).  I really don't mean to come across as arrogant, but most of my doubts have been such that nobody I know has had the knowledge to know how to help me, or at least not especially much, but I really do believe that having someone able to answer my questions would be very helpful.  With that in mind, I was wondering if anyone knows of any professional resources where I'd be able to ask my questions?  For example, Stand to Reason has a website str.org which is great, but doesn't really have too much of a place where I can ask my own questions.  

Any advice or thoughts are appreciated. :) 

Go Watch some Ravi Zecharias videos on You tube, He is really thought provoking and deep. I do not know if he has a forum or anything like that though. David Wood is another Good one, His channel is acts 17 apologetics on youtube.

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On 9/21/2019 at 6:08 PM, Deadworm said:

.Let's hear your questions.:th_frusty:

All right!  Sorry for the delay, I'm sometimes bad at responding.

My main difficulty at present is a question of whether or not it is possible to believe a thing without proof or any other sort of basis for belief except for a desire to do so.  In investigating the nature of my existence (that is, of the subject, which refers to the subjective), I have come upon the phenomenon that there are some things that I do which I cannot help but do, namely, to be aware of the external world.  I cannot, merely by force of will, cause myself to become unaware of the material/external world, although it could be argued that I am capable of judging it to be an illusion.  But my point is, there are some things that I do which I really cannot help but be aware of.

The thing is this: am I in control of myself?  Whereas the question may sound rather strange, it becomes much more complex upon closer inspection, in which one firstly must note that at the very least, I am in implication of myself, by which I mean that if I do something, I do it.  In other words, I imply myself--but this is of not use to know since it tells me nothing.  How, then, can I know whether I really control myself and what I do?  What exactly do I mean by "I," "control," and "what I do?"  When I ask about what I can do or cause myself to do, I must remember that, essentially, what I do is different from what I am; note the difference between essence and act.  A thing can be a union of any number of things, including weight, extension, size, color, etc., but it can still be said of it that it does all sorts of other things, such as a brick hitting another thing and knocking it down.  It is said of the brick that it caused the other thing to fall down, and yet the conception of necessarily causing other things to fall down is not inherently contained within the definition of "brick."  

To bring all of these strands of thought back to my question, I ask whether I, though I may be any number of things, actually cause anything.  For this is really what I mean when I ask whether I determine what I do, since to "do" anything really means to cause.  If I do, then it would be much easier to argue that I am in control of whether or not I believe a thing or not based purely off of desire.  

What I really need to figure out is what exactly I am, and thereby determine whether I am a cause, and if so, what type of cause, and if the right type, what kind of effects I am capable of producing, and if the right type, whether or not I am capable of choosing to believe one thing or another based purely off of desire.

My above remarks would, I judge, summarize the gist of what I am currently considering, although I could probably round out portions of it.  I apologize for the likely presence of ambiguity and can only say that I'll gladly try and clear up any lack of clarity if it only be brought to my attention.  Thank you for your willingness to consider my questions. :)

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I checked and was amazed to see that you are still in high school (age 17).  You sound like a Philosophy major.  As a college undergrad, I was a Philosophy major and a Teaching Fellow in Logic.  Then I got my MDiv (Princeton) and my Doctorate in New Testament, Judaism, and Greco-Roman backgrounds (Harvard).  I was a Theology Professor for 12 years and then became a United Methodist pastor until my recent retirement.  I share all this simply to let you know where my answers are coming from.  You strike me as a prime candidate for seminary training.

Your burning  question would best be discussed under a new thread "The Mind-Body Problem."  I suggest you google search under that heading, looking for perspectives from Philosophy, Carl Jung's Collective Unconscious, and neurology.  An interesting place to start is to google "Larry Dossey One Mind YouTube and watch one or more of his video interviews, preferably the 51+ minute interview.  Then start a post or new thread based on the fruits of this research, and I will of course reply.  Let me know what you decide.

 

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On 9/19/2019 at 11:23 PM, theInquirer said:

As an individual who is particularly prone to doubting things, I have often run up against doubt against my faith in God and my belief in His existence.  Whereas I thankfully have come through all my doubts so far, I have largely had to fight these doubts all on my own without much help from others (except, of course, from God).  I really don't mean to come across as arrogant, but most of my doubts have been such that nobody I know has had the knowledge to know how to help me, or at least not especially much, but I really do believe that having someone able to answer my questions would be very helpful.  With that in mind, I was wondering if anyone knows of any professional resources where I'd be able to ask my questions?  For example, Stand to Reason has a website str.org which is great, but doesn't really have too much of a place where I can ask my own questions.  

Any advice or thoughts are appreciated. :) 

Deuteronomy 19:15
A single witness shall not suffice against a person for any crime or for any wrong in connection with any offense that he has committed. Only on the evidence of two witnesses or of three witnesses shall a charge be established. 

 

The greatest error by any human about God is to believe another human over God's word. Most people do not believe the word of God, and sadly many "Christians" interpret it rather than use it to interpret what's hard to understand. What I mean is the verse I posted. While searching the word of God, if you find something and it doesn't make sense, then find it in another verse and not in another person. Let the word of God be its own witness. The next thing to do is to BELIEVE the word of God as it is written. It is God's word, not man. The rest, the Lord will help you understand.

 

1 John 2:27
But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him. 

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