Assumptions part 2; Existence;

When someone asks if you believe in something; what are they really asking? Are they asking if you believe something exsists? This can be a tricky subject. Most people assume what is meant by existence. But really, what does existence mean? Instead of assuming that each of us has the same idea of what it means for something to exist, I ask. Here’s a example: Q: “Do you believe that god exists?” A: “Interesting question, what is your definition of existence?” I have had people tell me that god exists outside of existence. This is a non sequitur as it creates a conundrum. So you can see the importance of asking about this. It may save a long discussion that will end up a circular discussion.
Tying back to assumptions. We concede too many things whe we make assumptions about a theistic question. It allows the thesis to skip over some troublesome issues. I want to make it clear. This is not to be argumentative or an attempt to avoid the question. This is a genuine concern. I can not answer whether or not I hold a belief that something exists, unless we know what definition of existence we are using. For example; Does something have to be made of something else to qualify? If yes, then we can ask what their god is made of. If this is unknown, shouldn’t that bring doubt under that requirement? I hope it’s clear where I am coming from. Comment to expand the conversation.

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