Hope this is the right spot! I'll begin again..
Btw, Nabashalam and Threadmin, where's the winking emoticon? I depend on that when I want to let someone know that my comments are made without rancor!! ;-)
That's the thing, Dodge.. The existence of a Higher Power has been proven, documented, and tested by far more people than have proven the existence, say, of things like galaxies outside of our own, or dna structure, or the many other things we accept as fact basically because someone(s) in position as an authority on the subject has presented a case that we can accept. Do you believe there are galaxies outside of our own? If so, on what basis, since I daresay that you've never experienced them personally or been to one. Yet I'm guessing you do believe their existence is an established fact. So we could say that your belief is based upon faith in the opinions and research of others. Every civilization from millenia has known there is a Higher Power, even if they disagreed on It's name or nature. Matter of fact, every civilization is built around belief that this Power exists. That's one heck of a lot more proof, documentation and testing than most every other established fact. If people who believe in a Higher power are stupid and/or uniformed, as you often imply, than you are labeling almost all of mankind that has ever existed, because the percentage of the human race who have denied It's existence is infinitely minute by comparison. If eight billion plus people from every civilization have expressed belief in a Higher power based upon experience, education, their history and personal faith, then how can that possibly be considered less of an established fact than the naysayers who most likely have only numbered in the millions, at best, since the time that civilized man has been upon this earth? Not believing in a Higher Power depends on ignoring thousands of years of established fact, because It has been proven over and over and over again..I accept what can be proven, documented, and tested until it is established as a fact. Only then will I “believe” something to be true