What would convert you to be a true religious believer?

Occasionally Christian friends ask would I still disbelieve, if I met Jesus in the street. Firstly, I clarify the image. It's usually a young, good-looking white Anglo-saxon male (pre-crucifixion, hopefully - that gets me into trouble!), who performs magic tricks. Secondly, I gently suggest a better image may be an itinerant, devout Jew who advocates circumcision, strict food laws, and sabbath keeping and who sprukes the imminent kingdom of God. And, that he'll either be ignored by everyone or locked up by the authorities. The conversation usually deteriorates from there.

So, what would it take for you to become a true religious believer? Or, is Pascal's wager good enough?

Alex
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Comment by Cara on October 16, 2009 at 4:05pm
I don't think it's possible for me to believe in God as it is commonly defined.

If for some reason a person arrived, an appeared to be something other than human. This being was capable of doing unexplainable things...aka Miracles. I would probably believe they were from an adavanced civilization somewhere else in the universe. I highly doubt they would travel all this way just to play God with us mental midgets.

I do not believe anything is supernatural... just natural things we cannot explain yet.
Comment by Johnny on October 16, 2009 at 10:05am
Well... to admit i was theist I would need some serioius sexual or monetary compensation... and then i'd go back and tell why i changed immediately after...

And what would take me to belive? wow... the first step is to find an idea of god that isn't a fallacy. Then I would need a spiritual teacher like jesus who actually can perform miracles (that are real miracles... not david blaine style stuff) and does not teach anything that is a logical fallacy....
after 100% of these requirements are met on the most skeptical terms, I would start to either "believe" or at least go "wow! i need to pay attention!"
Comment by JayBarti on October 15, 2009 at 3:36pm
So, what would it take for you to become a true religious believer?

Even if some being showed up with miraculous powers claiming to be God, I think I would still be skeptical that it was really a "god" I was dealing with. There are so many other things it could be first, I am not even sure it is possible for me to actually believe in anything so supernatural at this juncture.

If there was enough evidence that this being was indeed the being that everyone thinks of as the god of Abraham, then I would have to say while I might believe such a thing exists, I would in good conscious have to take up side of the royal opposition as a few have said before me. Since that god has been seen to be very schizophrenic in their dealing with humans thus far. The love me, fear me thing isn't a very good basis for starting a relationship.
Comment by Jason Spicer on October 15, 2009 at 12:44pm
Wow, there's already a uniform! Kristy, you work fast.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on October 15, 2009 at 3:31am
The resistance!

Comment by Jason Spicer on October 15, 2009 at 3:14am
Apart from brain damage, nothing springs to mind. If Jehovah did crawl out of the woodwork, I'd be part of the underground opposition with Kristy. How anybody can worship that monster is beyond me.
Comment by Michael Howard on October 14, 2009 at 7:49pm
I would believe if my small amount of faith "small as a mustard seed" could actually move a mountain....then....maybe
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on October 14, 2009 at 7:18pm
Agree - we could get rather philosophical about it, couldn't we?
Comment by Alex McCullie on October 14, 2009 at 7:05pm
Luv it! I'm not sure it's so off-track about belief!?!
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on October 14, 2009 at 5:43pm
Completely off track, I'm sorry, but there's a similar cartoon on the wall in our local pub. I love it.

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