Years ago, I explored the various schools of Christian though, and found them lacking. I explored Hinduism, Judaism, Islam...even sevearl pagan belief systems and I found them all wanting. Then I came to Buddhism. The meditation practices of shinay and shamatha allowed me to quiet myself and watch the play of the mind. As each thought arose, I watched it and followed it until it faded away. It allowed me to understand what the Buddha meant when he pointed around him said, "<i>All this is empty...</i>". This understanding of the impermanence of all objects, entities and phenomena lead to the understanding that it is our reactions to these things that shpe the world around us. As a result, we can never be absulute certain of anything. We can be reasonably certain, but not absolutely certain. It is the quest for absolute certainty that leads us to seek out an immortal, unchanging, omnipotent, omnisicent being. We crave this certainty like a hungry child craves its mother's breast. But sooner or later we must all grow up...Weaning is never easy. But that's just my opinion...I may be right or wrong. If I'm wrong, that's alright, I will have learned something. If I'm right, that's alright, I will have learned something.