Originally Posted by Unmasked
Spiritually I have jumped all over the board, going from conservative Christianity to Wicca, Apathy, Deism, Pantheism, and now just utter confusion. I would like very much to believe in the deity of Christ and the bodily resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, but I can't, because I don't. This has been a source of stress for me, because I have been struggling with the question of how deal with my arbitrary skepticism when it comes to the supernatural. Though I accept the idea of gods and angels, I can't see my way to a few miracles or strange occurrences.
Let me ask you a question.
Why do you think you should believe in the resurrection et al? Where is that voice coming from?
If I were you, I would start viewing your skepticism as a tool with which to develop further into a deep inquiry about life, love and all that is. Sustained concentration on what IS- rather than what you think should be- will take you somewhere. You might end up with certain beliefs. And then again, you might not. However, whatever you are left with will be based on your experience- thought process and investigation.
In addition, how about thinking about beliefs as a container? The vessel that holds water is not the water. Sure. One can argue about whether there is water or not (ie God), but it is just this sort of inquiry- where the metaphors start to break down- that real thinking with both sides of the brain starts.
Beliefs are just window dressing!
That's what I think anyway.