Being an agnostic…

One of the definitions for “agnostic” in The American Heritage Dictionary is

  • One who believes that it is impossible to know whether there is a
    God.

I think that in a sense all of us who claim a belief in a Power beyond ourselves–regardless of whether we name it God, Allah, Adonai, or any of the other hundreds of names–is agnostic.

Why?

Because I know of no one who can absolutely say for certain that God exists.

I am not negating anyone’s faith. I know many people who have had powerful spiritual experiences–and I do have a strong faith of my own in the existence of a living God who cares for all creation–but by its very definition, faith is

  • Confident belief in the truth, value, or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing.
  • Belief that does not rest on logical proof or material evidence.

We live our entire lives by faith. Faith in others, faith in society, and faith in God. And that’s important.

But I think if we were willing to acknowledge that none of us will know until after we have left this life whether God exists or not, then we might be more willing to be gentle with each other’s beliefs…more willing to listen to each other…more willing to learn. And that’s important as well.

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