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Subject: Re: Heaven is real Date: 10/12/2012 1:57 PM
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As far as how to get faith, I think the best an atheist can do is to ask God, if he exists, to make it clear. Once you have reasons to believe he exists, then you have to decide whether you are going to put your trust in him or not.
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Bzzzzt. I'm not buying that.
You can't just "decide" to believe something.



Might not be talking about the same thing.

You can decide to put your trust in something. Like a doctor's recommendation/prescription. Initially, you don't have personal experience with the proposed "fix" for the problem. In fact, before going to the doctor you had no belief about the drug he will prescribe because (lets say) you never heard of it.

You might just trust the doctor because he's been to med school. You might need more than that, and research it yourself and find others saying that it helped them. You may come to believe that it might work for you too, that it's worth a try.

But you are not putting that belief into action, acting on that belief, until you take the pill.
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