We need to believe in God
The need to believe in God, is shown by the many religious signs
Our need to believe in God
Welcome to our article (112), We need to believe in God
Dear readers, during our lives, every one of us will have our doubts about our religious beliefs, some of us will conclude that God does not exist, because there are a lot of things that don’t add up properly in our religious beliefs: for instance, when something horrible happens, we are bound to ask ourselves, why God let these horrible things happen? Then, we will continue to ask ourselves, if God exists or does not exist, because of what is happening around us. Now, all this asking that we do to ourselves, it will drive us to think that God does not exist, because if God existed these horrible things should not have happened. Now, if we follow this trend, we will end up by becoming atheists. Now becoming an atheist is not good for anybody, because it does not solve any problems that we have, it only may make things worse, because we will lose hope about ourselves. You see, God and religions are those things that let us hope for the best; some people say that God is hope for those that need hope most, so, let us continue to believe in God and religions, the way that we have been taught to believe if we can.
You see, we need to believe in God for many reasons, even when things happen that make us think that God does not exist, or God does not care about us, because God does not help us solve our everyday problems, or prevent something horrible happening, like it just has happened in Spain yesterday; (18/08/2017) this madman has driven a large vehicle through a large crowed in the street of Barcelona, killing 15 people and injuring over a hundred others. What hurts most is that there is evidence that this is another terrorist attack, that religious extremists are waging against the rest of the community, in fact it seems that this attack was part of an organized group of extremist, who were going to carry out other violent deeds, but the Spanish police were able to stop them in time.
Anyhow, even this evidence should not stop us believing in God, because our beliefs can be helpful in some other ways, as we are trying to explain here-under, if we can describe a way how our spiritual side works and what we usually do to satisfy our spiritual needs. Which in our Roman Catholic religion, it can also be expressed by our adoration of a Madonna or Saints. Let me explain a Madonna or Saint does not take the place of God, but it is a link of the chain that links to God.
This is the statue of the Madonna of Genzano that is taken around town at this Madonna feast.
Looking at our spiritual needs
I believe that to understand our spiritual needs, we need to look at what today religious institutions want us to do, which is usually what our forebears did in the past. We need to understand that religions have been made up for us from our forebears, per the needs that were present in the times when they were written. Most of those needs will still apply today, and they will still apply tomorrow because most of them don’t change. It is only some very extreme religious needs that may change, because things around us have changed and keep changing, so, those religious needs are not useful anymore, but most of them are still useful.
Anyhow, if we think enough about it, soon or later we will understand today spiritual needs, that are required for our present times. Today I am convinced that we need to believe in God and everything else that comes with it, because that is what we humans are like, we need to believe in God, it is necessary for us to believe in these religious institutions, which our forebears have setup for us in the past, as they give us some guidance how to live our lives. So, let us look at what some of these religious ways that we are using even today do, starting with my own native town and its religious feasts, since I believe that these religious feasts help people live a better and happier life.
In my native town of Genzano di Lucania, we have many religious feasts, the most important of these feasts is the feast of this Madonna called Maria Santissima delle Grazie, this feast runs for three days, and all the people have good time. For a start, everyday there is a religious procession, where we take this Madonna statue around the town, there are a lot of people that take part in it, those that are not in the procession, will line the street to see the procession passing by. Because of this festive season, there are lots of happy things to do, there is a few merry go around for the kids, some games for older people are played, there are many stalls set up to sell ice-creams and other joyful things, there are a few bands playing music in the square. In other words, it is a very happy time for the town’s people.
So, we can say that this is a way of life that our forebears have instituted for us. Now, just to prove my point, my native town of Genzano di Lucania, it is not the only town that has these religious feasts, so, let me name a few other nearby towns that come to my mind even today: in Banzi (this is a small town about 4 km from Genzano) there is the feast of St. Vito the 15th of June and here too, they have games bands and everything else to make people happy.
Another important feast is the feast of St Rocco in Tolve; (this is a town that take 4 or 5 hours walk to reach it on foot, some devotees walk an entire night to reach this town, but they are devotees, so, they are happy to do it). Hereunder is a You Tube link, can be used if it works.
Another one is the feast of St Gerardo in Potenza. Of course, there are a lot more feasts, in fact every town has at least one feast of its saint protector. Which we could say that it is a way of life that helps the people live a better life. So, religions are usually helpful. Here I should add that there could be an exception, when religions are used to make wars and hatred, like in the case of the Muslims terrorists, which I believe it is only a very small part of the Islamic religion.
Anyhow, I have written this article to show that we need to believe in God, because to believe in God is helpful for everybody around; the only problem here seems to be that the world needs to find an universal God and religion that everybody could believe in, so that religions cannot be used to harm other religions and above all the people.
I believe that I have said enough in this article, so, see you soon whenever I find something else to say.
We need of a new description of God, which can be as follow
© 2017 Francesco Menchise