Jeez, just saw the thread, and thought i'd add to it ;D
First, I'd like to add that its nice to see people actually debatein an INTELLIGENT and RESPECTABLE manner, don't see that much these days anymore
Anyway, personally I'm a Christian ... doesn't mean I'm the best one out there, and by no means do I practice everything I profess to believe in -- by no means am I perfect.
I see though that there are a few stereotypes going on however from peoples replies. First towards 'christians', in that yes, alot of times there are those wierdos out there that try to force you to believe what they believe or else (and sad to say, parents seem to fall under this category, but if you look back at it they only do so cuz they are doing what they think is best, IMHO). Then towards 'non-believers', that they are pagans and that they only go by the physical laws of the universe. Keep in mind i'm making some generalizations here.
Just a few questions now, that I always think bout, and which helped me choose which to believe/not take any stock in:
1) Prove creation over evolution (or vice versa). To me, its just as hard to believe either one, as you can't prove either (sorry, whomever posted the fruitfly/roach post, I dont know of any significant evidence on the matter).
2) If you can't see something (tangible characteristics), how can you prove it doesn't exist? ie. - I can't see this 'gravity', but i see it in action all the time ... someone says they feel 'the love of jesus in their life' and that helps them through their pain/suffering/problems .... dont see how you can rebut either points effects on a person
3) Here's something that I'm sure most everyone's heard, but still gets me to think: Suppose the whole God/Jesus (or for that matter any religious figures) didn't exist ... what does the christian loose? ... on the other hand, if all that stuff was real, what's the consequence for the person who choose not to have *faith* in it?
One last thing ... I know its human nature to seek absolute truth and discover why things work and all that good stuff, but I dont see how *faith* in something gets slammed so much. Science has theories on things, which to me is having *faith* that that is how something is, and then attempts to prove it ... its just along the same lines to me.
Anyway, I'm done rambling now