I hope to provide a contrast in this thread to the several threads about the FSM, Teapot, or other threads regarding the existence of a "God" (over on postmormon.org). As for me, I consider myself agnostic according to my "knowing" but I still have a belief that there's more to our existence and souls than what we can currently verify through our senses and science. I am not rigid in this belief though. What I believe is more or less under constant scrutiny as to what makes spiritual sense and also has something to back it up, even if just anecdotal.
As to the reasons behind my continued belief, let me just share a couple in hope that others will share what leaves them believing, or at least wanting to believe.
1. Near Death Experiences (NDEs)
This will raise an eyebrow or two from some of you but let me explain why the existence and phenomenon of NDEs contributes to my believe in both "God" and our immortality. Though science and/or studies conclude that NDEs are merely the effects or halucinations of an oxygen deprived brain, there seems to be something more to them than that. If depriving the brain of oxygen can induce an NDE, perhaps it's because the brain is the receiver (as in radio receiver) of our consciousness and once disabled, we tune out of the point of view of our body and see things from our conscious field or venture to other conscious realms.
Also, I find the fact that so many people(including atheists) do have NDEs indicative of an existence of life outside our mortal frames. Many NDE experiencers can recall the discussion and tools surgeons had while they themselves were technically brain dead and unconscious. NDEs have many similarities (and differences) in that many experience a life review that is non-judgmental and allows them to know how their actions made other people feel, good or bad etc.
One last point regarding NDEs which is that they support the theory of the universe being a conscious field and when one is out of their body, some of what they experience is due to their conscious programming, meaning the thoughts and beliefs they had in life are creating and contributing to what they experience outside the body. If they believed in Jesus, they often see Jesus. If they believed in Buddha, he appears instead. For more on NDEs, see http://www.near-death.com
. This is one of my favorite NDEs which also explains a lot about the NDE experience itself, as well as the Universe: Link
2. Quantum physics/theory
This may raise even more eyebrows, lol. When you get down to the quantum level, or the level in which you're measuring the size, weight and dimensions of atoms, you discover that an atom is something like 97% empty space, meaning space exists in and through everything, unless this "space" is actually filled with something smaller which we are yet unable to detect, such as the Higgs boson or "God particle". Some believe and theorize that this "space" is actually a medium, such as water, that sustains and holds everything together. Also at this quantum level, everything is energy, vibration, electrical and magnetic etc. So this "space"/medium is the field and transport that not just holds everything together, but also allows everything to interact. But all of this "space" brings up the question, what is real? Is this reality just a conscious hologram that is supported by the common beliefs and definitions of the whole? In some studies and experiments, the observer can influence what is seen or the behavior of particles at this quantum level etc. Meaning, based on the thoughts and preconceived theories of the observer, the particle appears to behave accordingly. This seems to introduce the theory that our thoughts can influence reality to a small degree. Something to think about...
Well, there you have two bits of my reasons for still believing in both a form of "God" and immortality. I am certainly open to scrutiny, but I would prefer to have this thread focus on just the varying reasons some of us still hold out belief in a natural or supernatural "God" or immortality etc. Feel free to PM me on my errors and fallacies though.