Glad you're so open to looking into opposing views. You'd be surprised how opposed many atheists are to experimenting with religion. Almost like it's against their ethical code or something. As Blaise Pascal said in so many words, "Whataya have to lose?"
And John's pretty straightforward for the most part. Jesus uses a lot of parables, or allegorical stories, so much of it is not to be taken literally, though the implied points are serious and specific and not just vague mystical hooplah. Also bear in mind that the "Word" mentioned in John 1 is the Greek word Logos, which pretty much means the thing that gives order, meaning, and rationality to all existence. Same word used to refer to an argument's appeal to reason.
And well, a real relationship with God is a lot like a relationship with another person. You often find yourself falling away if you don't commit to it, and the more you commit the deeper and more meaningful the relationship becomes and you get more out of it. It takes a conscious effort to maintain a relationship with God, else you drift apart like long-lost friends from High school. Hence doubting and re-commiting being a natural part of faith.
If I knew I'd tell you :)
And I agree with Collin. Which is why his refusal to believe in levels of Heaven is so ridonkulous, in my opinon :)
Collin: Sounds good. Nice explanation about a relationship with God. I'll try to do some reading and get back to you.
I think it's really cool how open-minded you are about this. Maybe the most irrational thing ever is to come into something declaring it impossible. So kudos! :P
At the risk of sounding lazy, i wanna give you a website that's been helpful to me, and if you ever have questions--or just free time where you're pondering life's mysteries--then you should go here even just for a minute! :)
carn.org <--this site has a whole wide range of topics, under one broad term called Apologetics. It's really interesting.
Anyways, i'll get back to you later on my argument, cuz i've been procrastinating on schoolwork lately :O
Jade.I.Am: Thanks for the website. It looks quite interesting and should give me some good insights. When I get a chance to look at it more I'll probably post some questions for you.
Also, I appreciate everyone else being open minded as well. Normally, some of the ideas I've brought up would just be denied with no good reasons or would just make people get angry.
Whoa, whoa, whoa, wait. Did Destinee just say she belives in different levels of heaven? How did I miss that?
Imagine: Technically I don't believe in Heaven, but yeah, Muslims don't believe in one level of Heaven. There are various levels of both Heaven and H.ell.
Haven't been on in awhile, been a bit crazy so close to the end of school xD
Anyways, picking up from where we left off on page 2:
Well, well, well, I would haf tah agree with you on that point my good sir.
Evolution is a very physical thingamabobby that can be tested all sorts of different ways. Whereas God is a concept that can only be came to as an instigator of psychological/sociological effects (I guess miracles count as physical effects but they're not as verifiable :P).
So I would agree with your position sir *puts on nerd glasses*
However, seeing as how they are not mutually exclusive, I'd recommend believing in both of them :)
Breece: To quote you "I see" or rather we'll see whether or not I get to that point or not.
Anyway, I do like the table analogy, however.