Got To Be Kidding wrote: When God isn't in the equation, things get pretty meaningless pretty fast.
Could this be psychological projection, GTBK? I assume that there must have been a point in your life when you didn't believe in whichever god you now believe in, at which time things for you were pretty meaningless. Since you developed a belief in a god I assume that things have improved for you. That's great, but you are making what in my opinion is the mistake many people who find religion later in life make in assuming that everyone else must be in the same boat. As a couple of posters have pointed out, a lot of us are quite content without a belief in any god.
I honestly don't believe I would feel any more content, or that my life would be any more meaningful, if I suddenly had a road to Damascus moment. I could be wrong, of course.
No, I've been a 'believer' since I was a kid.
However, it is interesting to see how the issue of meaning develops, how our perception of life develops as we age, and as our concept of time changes. I am not the same person that I was when I was 30, or when I was 20. At each of those moments I felt that I had all the answers, and now I realize that I had only some of them. I had some of them then; I have more now, but I doubt that I will have all of them when I give my last breath. Life is like that.
Bringing up the psychological is fitting for this discussion. Perception, knowledge, wisdom and acceptance of such lie at the heart of what we discuss here. Psychologically speaking, I know that I have 'unfinished business' when something makes me upset.
Here are a few more psychological thoughts:
It's always been interesting to see how people's perceptions of God are affected by parental relationships. If your father was nasty and vindictive, there's a good chance that this is how you view God. If your parents were lousy and Catholic, you'll do the best that you can to avoid being even remotely Catholic.
Someone who is truly at peace with their view of life does not get upset when that view is challenged. I had a great time recently debating with a self-proclaimed, fanatic Athiest. We had a great time, in part because we were both secure in our viewpoints and could therefore bat issues back and forth.
From both a secular and religious point of view, faith and its communication are completely fascinating.
However, psychological hangups over the idea of God, doesn't make the truth go away. Either there is a God, or there isn't. It's really that simple.