First, to start things off, Clark from Popehat has a very interesting piece about why he finds atheist thinking incoherent. It really is a great piece, and I suggest you read it. That post brought me on board the train of thought that led to this post.
I'm not going to talk at all about what other people believe. I have a very strange and unique view of God that I came to on my own, then I listened to more learned men than I who were able to fill in the gaps in what I understand of my belief in God.
This is an easy question with a tricky answer, and for the purposes of this section, "believe" does not mean faith, just a belief in the existence. I have faith in the Judeo/Christian God and His son, Jesus the Christ. I believe that Zeus and his fellow "gods" existed, as did the Egyptian gods, and probably other culture's gods, and I believe that the old testament discusses this (genesis 6). I believe that God (when capitalized, I speak of the one I consider the true God) exists outside of time, but has a physical presence in a dimension that we cannot see (unless He shows us).
Wait, back up. Zeus?
Yes, Zeus. In Genesis 6, it speaks of the sons of God taking the daughters of men as wives. Recent biblical scholars contend that the sons of God merely refers to the righteous sons of Seth (the Sethite view, as its called), but there is no biblical evidence to support that theory. Even more to the point, there are other places in the bible that speak of the sons of God as only one thing: angels. If we look at 6:4, we read this:
"There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown."
I do believe this is a reference to Zeus, Hercules, and the whole gamut of Greek gods.
Ok, now you're taking genesis literally. What's next, no evolution?
Well, yes and no. I believe in adaptation. I don't believe in Darwinian evolution, in that species change from one animal into an entirely different species. I don't believe man came from monkeys or apes. I don't believe t-rex devolved into a chicken. In fact, I don't believe that dinosaurs existed 65 million years ago. I believe they existed quite recently, recently enough that we have written recorded history of man dealing with them. Not only in the bible, but virtually every culture have legends of giant lizards, some of which could fly, some of which could breathe fire, which they called dragons. But since this is a post about my beliefs, I will quote the bible again. Job 40:15-24:
Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox. Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly. He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together. His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron. He is the chief of the ways of God: he that made him can make his sword to approach unto him.Surely the mountains bring him forth food, where all the beasts of the field play. He lieth under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens. The shady trees cover him with their shadow; the willows of the brook compass him about.Behold, he drinketh up a river, and hasteth not: he trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth. He taketh it with his eyes: his nose pierceth through snares.
Modern biblical scholars will say this must be referring to an elephant (with their enormous cedar-like tails). I believe it to be one of the long necked dinosaurs. Especially since the very next verse talks about another prehistoric beast, Leviathan. I don't know how old the earth/universe is, but I'm also not going to lie and say "it's been scientifically proven that the earth is 869 katrillion years old!" because that's not something that can be scientifically proven. It can be scientifically estimated, but it can't be proven. Which is why I don't believe in Darwinian evolution. There is a historical record of Jesus. People claim to have heard the voice of God. No one has seen one animal change into another. It has not been documented where a pregnant dog suddenly have birth to a litter of kittens or anything like that. To accept evolution as truth requires more faith than any religion I've come across, aside from scientology. Although I think they may be on to something with the aliens...
Shut up. Aliens?
Not in the sense that we're used to thinking of them, but in a manner of speaking, yes, aliens. I mean, not visitors from far away planets that come in space ships to mutilate our cows and probe our anus...es? Ani? Butt holes. No, I believe that the "aliens" we hear about with their ufos and whatnot are the spiritual entities of angels and demons. Mostly demons. L.A. Marzulli and Chuck Missler are two excellent sources of information on this topic. Missler especially has an extensive background in science and engineering.
Aliens are demons?
I believe what we consider to be aliens and ufos are in fact demonic forces using the age old art of deception. I believe this is important to understand because every day draws closer to the end, when the final great deception will grip most of humanity. And I believe that that deception will take the form of a benevolent extraterrestrial presence who will promise peace on earth. I believe that day is coming soon.
So what about heaven and hell?
They exist in a separate dimension. Job is given a glimpse into the first layer of hell (there are 3 heavens and 3 hells), 2 Corinthians describes the heavens. I believe they are a physical place, and that God has a physical form. How else could we be made in His image? The physical location exists outside of time. If you've seen Imagining The Tenth Dimension, I believe that the physical location is in the tenth dimension, or possibly beyond.
I don't know of any church outside of Chuck Missler's that teaches any of this stuff, so I'm not sure what "denomination" I belong to. But this is what I believe.
I have a weird belief system. As such, I try not to mock those who believe differently, especially atheists. That doesn't mean not pointing out the flaws in their ideas. That just means that as long as the debate is civil, I won't be an asshole. Please reciprocate if you wish to engage.