Why I Believe God Exists
When I first joined hub pages, I posed the question to fellow hubbers, "Why do you believe God exists?" This question has fueled many interesting responses, as I had hoped it would. Now I would like to contribute my own answer to my question. So why do I believe God exists? The answer is a number of reasons. Here are just a few.
I believe that God exists primarily because I believe there must be a truth about what is ultimately right and wrong outside of humanities' own opinions. There are things we feel are inherently wrong - like murdering a child. If there was no God, then morality would have to be all relative and based on opinion. And there would be way too many opinions to agree or disagree on. To me, God's Word, the God of the Hebrew Bible, the God of Christianity - and specifically the teachings of Jesus, make the most sense to me morally. His teachings seem genuine and his principles sound and just. They cut right to heart of morality. For example, in Matthew 5:27-28, Jesus said when speaking with the predominantly Jewish crowd around him in reference to the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20): "You know the next commandment pretty well, too: ‘Don’t go to bed with another’s spouse.’ But don’t think you’ve preserved your virtue simply by staying out of bed. Your heart can be corrupted by lust even quicker than your body. Those leering looks you think nobody notices—they also corrupt."
Jesus was more interested in our hearts motives than our outside actions. Morally wrong actions start with our hearts. I sincerely believe that is true.
He Has Yet To Be Disproved
The idea of God has always been around. With all the advances in technology and science, I have yet to see anyone prove that there is no God. When people used to believe that the world was square, eventually, they found out the real truth: the world is round. Many things people used to believe have been proven wrong. Why not God? There has yet to be concrete evidence.
Besides that, since I am a Christian, there has yet to be any concrete evidence that the Bible is not true. Why is this "religion" still going after 2000 years? And why do so many intelligent people "buy into" it? Why hasn't anyone completely disproven it and completely discarded it a long time ago? That in itself is amazing to me.
That Spark Of Life
No human being has ever been able to create life artificially. With all the fertility treatments available for infertile couples, none of them are 100 % guranteed. Oh we have tried. In vitro is probably as good a chance as humans have of creating the right environment for life to start. But no doctor can say, "This will work." Deciding what comes into creation seems to still be in Someone Else's hands. Along those same lines, science and the complexities of life, including the human body, to me all seem to point to God, rather than away from Him. Any other explanation for the occurrence of the earth being in exactly the right spot with exactly the right atmosphere for us to live seems fallible. And if evolution were entirely true, where are all the creatures that are in between monkeys and men? That's a pretty big leap.
Unafraid to Debate With Others About Christianity
Her Faith Survived The Holocaust
Genuine Chistians Have Convinced Me
This is a major reason why I feel so strongly that the beliefs I hold are true. I have challenged the Christian beliefs and found that several genuine Christians, that is, they follow the principles that Jesus taught and believe he is the Son of God, made sense to me in their speech and way of life. People like Mother Teresa, Billy Graham, Martin Luther King, Jr., Corrie ten Boom, and more recently, Joshua Harris, Mary Jo Sharp, Rick Warren and Francis Chan have been part of strengthening my faith. But beyond that there are people I know personally including Dr. Tom Hufty, Chet Cantrell, Linda Prather, Kim Parrish, Sherry West and many more that have shown me what true Christianity looks like, and it is strong. These people have all gone through illness, tragedies, death of loved ones, physical and emotional suffering, faced their own deaths, and done it all without wavering in their faith. Their reactions and the way they handle conflict in their lives have shown me that something greater than them is working in their life. I can't see how there is any way a woman could be smiling and loving on others at the funeral of her own four-year-old who died of luekemia rather than the strength and love of God that the Bible talks about.
On Martin Luther King, Jr.
My Worst Nightmare...
Many times people feel stronger about issues that they have experienced themselves. If they have been raped, got pregnant and got an abortion, they might feel stronger for pro-choice laws than someone who just agrees with those laws intellectually. Or if their son or daughter was killed by a drunk driver, they feel strongly about the laws concerning drinking and driving.
In the same way, a person's view of belief in God can be strongly shaped by their own life experiences. Mine have all pointed me towards the belief that God exists. I have practiced the Christian faith for many years now and have experienced what I can only explain is the presence of God in my life. When I was struggling with deep depression and wishing to die, I reached out to God through prayer and studying the Bible, memorizing it and applying it in my life. And slowly, my darkness turned to light. I honestly felt the love of a presence greater than myself. You may think I'm crazy, but it's the absolute truth. When I was suffering horrible panic attacks because of all the tornadoes that were rolling through our area, one night I slept peacefully through the sirens and storms after asking God to grant me the rest I had needed for so long. After suffering from vivid nightmares my entire life, one night in my deep depression, I dreamed of Heaven. I remembered every detail of it when I woke up and have never had a good dream since. When I have given to the church and others financial resources that I have really needed for myself, it has always come back to me tenfold (a principle the Bible teaches). There are more I could mention, but probably anyone who is reading this that doesn't believe in God thinks I am a nut now. What I mean to say is personal experience is one of the strongest things that shapes our beliefs, and mine has shaped a belief in God.
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These are my reasons for believing in God. I asked this question to the hub pages audience to see what other people's opinions are. I will not judge anyone else's belief system and hope that you will extend the same courtesy to mine. Thanks for taking the time to read my hub!