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Why Do You Believe In God?

Updated on May 13, 2010
Do you believe in Morgan Freeman?
Do you believe in Morgan Freeman?

I've done a few hubs on God and faith, so I figured one more might be worthwhile. Some of us believe in God, or at least in some higher power. Others do not, and wonder why anyone would. This hub is not an attempt to prove or disprove the existence of God. It's merely meant to explain why, in my opinion at least, belief in a higher power is so widespread.

There are a lot of possible reasons that people believe in God. Some people may simply be terrified of the idea that God doesn't exist. After all, if there were no God, there would be no heaven, and then the knowledge of one's eventual death becomes a pretty frightening thing. Walk into a church sometime during a mass. I'm willing to bet most of the room consists of older people. There aren't many healthy 20-somethings who attend church on a regular basis. When you're older, and your death becomes a much more present concern, you think a lot about questions that living people can't answer. And so, many turn to religion to explain everything. Death is much less frightening if you think you know what you're in for.

Another reason might be that people believe in God because the thought of a world without a god would confuse them. People want things to make sense, and they'll explain it any way they can. To some, God is the simplest explanation for the tough questions about us and the universe. That was the case before math and science and logic existed. People had no explanation for why the sky was blue, why the sun rose and set, or why we're here at all. So, they reached for the simplest possible reasonable answer: somebody must have made it that way.

It may be in human nature to believe in a higher power. It's in our DNA to recognize patterns; our brains are hardwired to pick out shapes and faces from whatever we see. That's why we can look at clouds and see animals and things. It's also part of the reason so many believe in God. The thinking is, everything seems to be organized in a special way, so it must have been made intelligently.

What does this cloud look like to you?
What does this cloud look like to you?

Here's an example: suppose you have a pair of fair dice. You roll them, and get a result of 7. On a first try, that might be surprising, but not impossible. Then suppose you rolled another 7. And then another. And another. At some point, you might start to think the dice are loaded, when in fact they are not. Believe it or not, the odds of rolling a seven are better than any other number. (Don't believe me? Look here) This is the same reason many players in online games complain that that the game must be broken because they keep getting bad results, when statistically someone was bound to get bad results a good part of the time. If you won the lottery, would you immediately think there must have been a mistake? No, you'd be thrilled at your good fortune, or for some people, you might believe it was an act of God, which is funny considering God is supposed to love everyone equally but the lottery only has one winner.

The natural world is full of randomness, and when we as human beings look into a random system, we see patterns, and when we see patterns, we assume that there must have been a reason for it. The idea that a given result happened completely randomly doesn't occur to us, at least not most of the time. Regardless of how unlikely it seems, it is possible to win the lottery, lose miserably in an online game of chance, or even roll seven 7's in a row. The chances are remote, but not impossible. But when a pattern like that emerges, we no longer believe it is the work of random chance. Because we see a pattern, we think other forces must be at work.

So, is it in human nature to believe in a higher power? Maybe. Most of us seem to think that the universe can't exist without there being some kind of creator. The thought that the universe just kind of happened seems weird to most of us. As children, we certainly didn't question our parents much if they told us there's a God. It's only when we learn more about the natural world and random chance that we may start to question it. I know I haven't really given any solid answers here, but to those atheists who may be reading this, I hope you at least can understand where believers like me are coming from. Don't think any less of us for our beliefs, and we'll try not to think any less of you for yours.

What do you think? Does God Exist?

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      Jham 6 years ago

      the Cloud to me looks like a llama

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      SpanStar 6 years ago

      danmayerisgod,

      I complement your command of the English language. Your believe however are no different in so many others I have run into. Their purpose has been always to obtain proof as to the existence of God. Let us take your dice game one step further, let us say when one rolls the number seven it comes up God so when we take the chance of rolling those dice it comes up snake eyes and that means Hell.

      You are correct there are a number of random things in life but what we frequently overlooked is the constants and the perfection all around us. Air is continually generated on this planet in spite of everything mankind does to this planet, gravity works every single solitary microsecond out of every day, the rains continually clean the air supplying life-giving elixir.

      Without the existence of God what is the meaning of life? Obtaining fame and fortune will not last. If the only ideals we have for ourselves is greed and pleasure how are we any different than the lower life forms?

      The idea of God offers a purpose in life and we can look to that someone who is better than we are. Someone who is purer than we are, someone who's ideals are higher than ours. We as mankind do not have all the answers as our history will attest to and you are correct believing in God is a gamble so get ready to roll those dice.

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      Liberian1847 7 years ago from Philadelphia PA.

      Funny that my very first blog got a hint of this topic in it.

      Hi great minds, I'm new on here...infact Im just learning how to blog :)... but all you guys make a lot of sense even if you all don't agree.I see that at least we seem to understand or try to rationalize random ocurrences; even at times relating to them on a personal level. On of my beliefs is: Having someone prove the existance or the absense of inteligent design is as imposible as reproducing the falling patern of the toothpicks. Only the Great Diety himself is capable of reavealing or menefesting himself if he chooses.

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      Chasuk 8 years ago

      I like your dice illustration.

      I use a related illustration concerning a fistful of toothpicks. You toss a fistful of toothpicks into the air. You would be surprised if they didn't land, or if they landed in a predicted pattern.

      But is it surprising that they land? Of course not.

      So the toothpicks land, which doesn't surprise you, nor does it surprise you that they land in THIS way rather than THAT way.

      Likwise, it isn't surprising that the universe exists in this way rather than that way. That it exists at all means that it exists in some manner, and this manner is exactly as likely as any other.

      You aren't surprised when you roll a dice and it is a seven; you are surprised when you roll a dice and the result matches a psychic's prediction. The pattern of toothpicks isn't surprising unless it matches a psychic's predition. No one predicted the pattern of the universe, so there is no surprise.

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      Apostle Jack 8 years ago from Atlanta Ga

      To understand why i believe in God you will have to

      read my Hub's,it concerns personal experiences from

      God to my spirit,my philosophy of Theology concerning Him,

      and proof that He exist in my life beyond what evidence the world wants to see.I speak of personal evidence.

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      jabytxu25 8 years ago

      I personally don't believe in God until someone demostrates me that it/he exists.

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      Michael Adewale Olubode 8 years ago from Celestial Church of Christ, +2347067550237.

      Yes God exists but cares for all at all times by His random distribution of love. I think if we would try and see and communicate with God we should do that to 'time'. Time is the force that distribute all the blessings and woes of the supreme one.

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      Mentalist acer 8 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      The beleif in god being physialogicol is a science unto itself and could help bridge the gap between science and faith...

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