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22 Reasons Why I Believe in God
22 Reasons Why I Believe in God
- I look around at the world and I see that things don’t happen by themselves, so I think that something outside of the world I see (and thus uncaused) must have set these happenings in motion and created the things involved in these happenings.
- I don’t believe that the world is purely material. I think it is obvious that what is visible operates thanks to forces and feelings that we can’t see. In a sense, then, it’s often easier for me to believe in what is invisible than in what is visible (I’ve noticed I’m a bit unusual in this…this isn’t necessarily always a positive quality, but it makes it easier, at times, for me to believe that God exists).
- I think that the bad things we do have consequences, but I really don’t want that to be true – or I am in a hopeless position. I think it's obvious that we are too weak to save ourselves from these consequences. My Karma (and everyone else’s for that matter) would have decreed a few lifetimes ago that I should perish forever, so there has to be a supernatural reason behind my even being here. In a sense, Christianity is the only religion that admits this hopeless situation, so it is the only hope I have to be saved from it.
- I need to believe in the possibility that someone loves/could love the real me in order to even begin thinking about facing tomorrow – and I think that every other human being is the same way. Yes, even sociopaths.
- It’s been my experience that, deep down underneath the masks, every human being thinks he is worthless in and of himself. He needs someone or something else to say that he matters (Springsteen lyrics –“Don’t make no difference what nobody says/ain’t nobody wanna be alone/everybody’s got a hungry heart”). If someone is going to be the source of telling me that I matter, I want it to be someone who knows He isn’t worthless in and of Himself. God is the only who fits the bill.
- I believe that there has got to be a Way that Things Really Are – and that this is only possible if for someone who has a universal perspective of the world.
- I got here somehow. Isn’t that weird? I mean…I’m here. How the heck did that happen? I know I didn’t put myself here. I feel – and mere material things can’t feel. Something that could feel had to have made me – which would make it someone. Someone who was more eternal than me – who didn’t need a prior cause to explain His being present.
- I’m scared of tomorrow and I need someone who can take care of it for me.
- I hate division and discord in the church, so it helps me to think that it is somehow unified in God.
- I cannot be a pessimist, because I am alive. I am forced to be an optimist in a world that is too profoundly flawed to be “fixed” by nature – so, because I am forced to be an optimist, I feel compelled to believe in something supernatural that will fix this world’s problems.
- The connection of Christ to Old Testament prophecy adds credibility to his story that is not found in other religions.
- I have a strong distrust of any religion that says heaven is on earth, so the afterlife is an unnecessary hypothesis. That statement usually is voiced in cushy academic halls or comfortable coffee shops with soothing music playing in the background – while inconceivable, hopeless hell happens in countless places around us. To say that it’s a blessing that there is no afterlife and this is all there is just seems like an inconceivable insult to the suffering. That isn’t rocket science. Think two seconds about the suffering on this earth and you’ll be able to see that all this intellectual mumbo-jumbo about the wonder of the afterlife being in today’s world is a load of crap. It doesn’t take a genius to see that we live in a sinful, painful world, but it does take a heart.
- Slightly more technical addition to 12 – we can only know what we can experience. No one has ever experienced nonexistence – so, whether it is possible or not, we cannot let nonexistence into the realm of our possible experiences. In other words, if you think that we cannot know anything outside of our five senses, then it is impossible for us to know nonexistence, so for all intents and purposes, we should assume that the possibility of our nonexistence doesn’t exist. It is more scientifically consistent, then, to believe in an afterlife than it is to not believe in an afterlife (especially with the near-death experiences several have had).
- The thought that it is possible for human beings to reach some kind of perfected state in and of themselves, or that we should only live for the here and now, is patently false to me. From Michael Jackson to Tiger Woods to George W. Bush, human “heroes” have disappointed me too many times for me to trust the claim that anyone has or can reach a state of “nirvana” or anything like it. We are all only human, and the here and now by itself is simply not enough for me to live for.
- Christianity in the gospels didn’t cater to the wealthy or the respected – it catered to the poor. It didn’t cater to the men, who were more credible in that day and time – women were the first ones to see Jesus alive. It didn’t emphasize its connection to the upper crust of society – it openly criticized the upper crust of society and welcomed those who were thought to be on the lower levels of society. This makes Christianity seem more genuine to me than religions that got their initial start by catering to the wealthy and socially influential.
- Most of Paul’s letters, most (atheist, agnostic, and Christian) scholars agree, were written within fifty years after Christ’s ascension – when many who had seen Christ were still alive. It would be very hard to make up Jesus in such an environment.
- I cannot conceive of a moral construct that has any meaning without a supernatural being who has a universal perspective validating it. Without God, there is no good and there is no bad – there’s just things people do.
- Several people I have met that follow God passionately tell me that he must exist – he gets them through each day.
- Beethoven’s 9th symphony, Pachelbel’s "Canon in D", and Bach’s "Jesu, Joy of Man’s desiring".
- The more I know about the humanities, the more I realize that our sense of morality, beauty, and truth took a plunge when we began rejecting God – and it is now crashing almost as fast as the 1929 stock market. God is required to keep these concepts in place, or we are, in effect, printing a worthless currency of academic pages that will never fill that void. We are finding, with gradually growing horror, that human beings cannot save themselves with knowledge that excludes God.
- I feel like I’m trapped inside this body – like it should be somehow more defiant of time and space -- and the movies I see and books I read show I'm not alone in this. It is hard to think that I will not someday be free.
- The aesthetics of the gospel story – I hear weak echoes of it throughout literature and culture, but the story itself is, by far, the greatest and most epic ever dreamed of. Since I believe emotion is a kind of sixth sense, I’ve noticed that all our emotions seem tailor-made to be attracted to this epic story. I don’t think that’s an accident.
Just a few reasons…there’s more. Feel free to ask and write your own!