ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Religion and Philosophy»
  • Christianity, the Bible & Jesus

Why I Believe in God and You Should Too

Updated on April 6, 2016

Belief

Belief is defined on Google as 1. an acceptance that a statement is true or that something exists 2. trust, faith, or confidence in someone or something. I accept that God exists. Many people debate the subject of God. I have been questioned about the existence of God more than I can count. If I had a nickel for every encounter I have had with a non-believer, I would be a very wealthy man. LOL!

This is how I answer people when they question the existence of God. God is love. God is felt. God is action more than a tangible substance. Can one prove that love exists? No. Love cannot be measured in a tangible sense. Love cannot be seen in and of itself, by itself. Rather, love is a powerful feeling. Love is shown through actions. Love can be seen in actions. Love can be seen in the eyes of a person in love. Love can be seen in the eyes of a parent. Love can be seen in the actions of a man towards his beloved and vice versa.

In the same way, God cannot be seen in and of himself, by himself. However, God can be felt. God is the warmth that caresses our bodies. God is the comfort that we feel when we pray and put life's situations in His hands. God is seen in actions. God can be seen all around us, in nature. God is nature. God is the action of doing something to help another without expecting a reward for it. God manifests in different ways.

A person who has not felt love, cannot understand what love means. A person who has not felt God cannot understand what God means. However, a person who has felt love, has felt God. For love and God are one and the same. So, for an Atheist to say "I do not believe in God" is not accurate. Who hasn't felt love, either for a parent, for a child, for a friend, for a lover? So, for the Atheist is to say that he does believe in God yet has felt love in his life is to say that he has not gotten wet but has drank water.

I am new here to HubPages and wanted to get rolling. However, I have run out of time this morning to continue typing. I will come back and will write more Hubs. I look forward to reading others Hubs and in interacting with others here in this environment.

Please share your thoughts and allow me to share mine, all with respect for one another.

Why should you believe?

If you found a fountain of youth, would you not want others to drink from it? If you found an ever flowing river of money, would you not want others to take from it? If you found a bountiful supply of food, would you not want others to enjoy it?

I have experienced God's love, and I want others to experience it as well. For this reason alone, I think you should believe in God. I think this is as good a reason as any.


EL

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • jonnycomelately profile image

      Alan 16 months ago from Tasmania

      Lovely to meet you Michael. Maybe if you, Val, myself and one other (perhaps Austinstar) could have a game of Canasta sometime. That's where there's no-holds-barred on a fun-confrontation.

    • ValKaras profile image

      Vladimir Karas 16 months ago from Canada

      Hey Alan, let me introduce Michael to you. He is an old-timer like the two of us, a very nice fellow, respectful about non-believers, and deeply into his faith. Michael and I go a long way, that is from my very start 8 months ago. I kept telling him to write a hub, but he prefers commenting, which is O.K. as well. We don't share the same views about religion, but I intuitively feel that somewhere deep down on a very human level we are pretty good friends. Right Michael, old buddy?

    • jonnycomelately profile image

      Alan 16 months ago from Tasmania

      Michael-Milec, there has never been an intention on my part to "lecture." I merely speak from a defensive position, when anyone suggests I ought to take on a religious point of view, or change my life in some way that would suit the religious person's beliefs.

      If you find "puzzling" the expressions of "I AM," maybe you might like to explore your puzzlement, by way of a meditation. Become the observer of your unease and puzzlement. See if there is any further enlightenment of your inner self, just by watching how you are thinking/feeling/reacting.

      In the same way that apparently Jesus said "I AM," he obviously understood this. We can understand it too. He was fully human, so are you, so am I.

      Bon Voyage.

    • Michael-Milec profile image

      Michael-Milec 16 months ago

      Pretty interesting discussion El Shaddai, Hi. Your sincere shared "experience" with God and what He means to your earthly walk, has created quite a disturbance due to suggestion that the others "you" should believe as yourself . Though you didn't call any names, you are being lectured by some well spoken suggestions how and where you are being off a mark. It is , least to say puzzling me why this eternal "I AM who I AM, I WAS who I WAS, I WILL be Who I WILL BE " - as He has introduced His name originally, is drawing so much opposing spirits toward those whose spirit has met Him in His spiritual realm? As indicated privately, I made decision to follow you merely because you believe in God and so do I.

      Peace and blessings.

    • ValKaras profile image

      Vladimir Karas 16 months ago from Canada

      Alan - I wouldn't pay much attention to that drop, it will climb back. Some things are automated on HP, and who knows what kind of technical error caused that. - Have a nice day (I guess your day is about to start because here it's midnight).

    • jonnycomelately profile image

      Alan 16 months ago from Tasmania

      Nice thoughts for us to chew on, thanks, Val.

      (Btw, I have just somehow been dropped from Level 5 Commentator to Level 4. No idea how they make these assessments, maybe it's because my IQ is dropping as the 3-score years and 10 recedes into the distance.)

    • ValKaras profile image

      Vladimir Karas 16 months ago from Canada

      El Shaddai,

      O.K., so your view is that there must have been some superior intelligence behind assembling my eye. Now, let me surprise you - just for a moment - by agreeing with you. However, there is an enormous difference between MY "superior intelligence" and YOURS. I may assume that there is something like universal consciousness, in terms of quantum physics an "observer" that collapsed, or in an eternal NOW keeps collapsing waves of infinite possibilities into material manifestations. I even like such assumption. But that's where it STOPS.

      There is a world of difference between such a ROUGH proposition and a ridiculously elaborated belief in a god with all human qualities attributed to "him", like "love, anger, judgement, punishment...", what not ( let's not forget the beard).

      I already told you a few times, and for some mysterious reason you keep forgetting - whatever the ultimate truth may be, IT'S TOTALLY BEYOND OUR ABILITY TO UNDERSTAND. It's like expecting from a monkey to understand income tax.

      I have something like imagination too. So how about I tell you that universe has existed from ever, with new and new galaxies, innumerable planets with advanced civilizations million years older than ours, all broadcasting into the air a computerized harmony of the cosmic community.

      Humans, with our limited and slowly evolving "antennas" can tune into only some low-key frequencies, because those high ones would "burn our fuses". Those of us who are spiritually intuitive, seek the answers from within our apparatus through meditation and self-discipline which minimize ego and its animalistic, survivalist urges, allowing those higher frequencies to enter. So some of us tune into more of that harmony program, age slowly, maintain happiness and health and humor, and insist on harmony with other humans.

      No god. No beginning, no end, no creation, just a self perpetuating recreation "inspired" to evolve by that universal broadcasting of intelligence which keeps collapsing waves in the field of infinite possibilities.

      Now, how it that for a fantasy? Am I asking you to "believe" in it? NO WAY! It's just a figment of my imagination. Funny, but even so it looks more probable than biblical dude with beard.

    • jonnycomelately profile image

      Alan 16 months ago from Tasmania

      El Shaddai, your analogies do not measure up to sound logic. I feel Valkras has already shown you why.

      I do have some idea as to how your mind is working. I have felt the same way as you, years ago when I ventured into the evangelical christian faith and joined with fellow christians in trying to share the deep feelings of elation which can be experienced.

      I have moved on from that, both in acquiring knowledge which puts the christian message in perspective, and by way of continuing my journey of life. (Valkras and I are in a similar age bracket! It's a beautiful time of life, I can assure you.)

      This does not mean my wisdom is superior to yours. It does not mean your conclusions and experiences are irrelevant - they are fully respected and I have no wish to influence your views as they appertain to your own journey.

      I see a danger when you try to impress others to take on your perceptions. By all means, share your feelings, your understandings with others. No problem with that. But be willing to step back, with humility, and say, "I can only show my concerns for others by the example of my own life. This is MY responsibility and if there is any value in my life, others will see it from my example."

      Just be willing to accept that your own view might not (probably will not) be what the other person needs, right now.

    • El Shaddai 2016 profile image
      Author

      El Shaddai 2016 16 months ago

      ValKras,

      Let's take a look at the complex mechanism that is the eye. Each part of the eye is useless on its own. Would you have me believe that one day, by chance, a light sensitive spot formed on an organism? Then later, again by chance, another layer or part was added to that patch of skin. Then, on and on the process went until finally the last piece of the eye developed by random chance?

      What if I told you that if you buy furniture from Ikea, and you wait around a few million years, the furniture will put itself together? And, the Ikea furniture has a head start. Each piece has already developed. All that is required is spontaneous assembly.

    • El Shaddai 2016 profile image
      Author

      El Shaddai 2016 16 months ago

      Jonny,

      If I recommend a restaurant to you, am I being an arrogant foodie? Does the recommendation come across as though I believe to be a Michelin rated chef?

    • ValKaras profile image

      Vladimir Karas 16 months ago from Canada

      El Shaddai - I would not compare TV commercials to offering a religious belief to readers. In case of commercials, we just silently swear at their imposing and wait for them to pass. In case of religious articles we have an advantage of responding. If we could, we would ask advertisers how dare they claim all those things. As hubbers, we can ask religious writers how dare they expect from us to believe without a proof. Many of us consider that as an insult to our intelligence. It may represent your much cherished belief, but to us it's an attempt to make us believe in a fantasy, while all our life we have been safely guided by rational processing of reality.

      When I drive my car, my reactions depend on what really IS around me in that configuration of traffic. I just can't respond to "what if.." Likewise, I can't form a solid worldview based on a story from a book that's full of contradictions, mythology, even naïve assumptions that can be forgiven to those folks 2000 years ago.

      So, it's one thing to let believers PRIVATELY believe what they want, because it's their right - but a completely different thing to let them "teach" us something that's against our sense of rationality. We just can't blindly believe, that's it.

    • jonnycomelately profile image

      Alan 16 months ago from Tasmania

      El, the presumption that you know what is right and best prescribed for others --- although I respect that you come at this notion with genuine intentions, it is in effect arrogant. Also, it's not uncommon amongst religious zealots.

    • El Shaddai 2016 profile image
      Author

      El Shaddai 2016 16 months ago

      Hello Jonny,

      First, thank you for your comment and for your time. I really appreciate it. There are a lot of Hubs here, so thank you for taking the time to read mine.

      I respectfully disagree with the "there is no benefit for me" notion. A belief in God has benefited me beyond anything I could ever imagine. A belief in God has also benefited many people I know. I have seen people become sober, become honest, become comforted and completely turn their lives around all because of their belief in God.

      So, the many beneficial results I have seen of a belief in God are the reasons why I think others should believe in God too. I see that it works. I see that it makes people happy. Why wouldn't I want to share this with everybody I know?

      Thanks again for your comment!

      EL

    • jonnycomelately profile image

      Alan 16 months ago from Tasmania

      @ El Shaddai 2016 ".... I think you should believe in God....." No thank you. There is no need for me to. There is no benefit for me to do so. There is nothing that you have that I would acquire, simply by "believing in God."

      Sir, there are 7+ billion in this world today. If all of us people "believed in God," each of us would have a different perception of "God." Each of us would have a different idea of what that God was, what he/she was like, what he/she demanded of each of us. No two perceptions would be exactly alike. The circumstances of each our lives are different. The background of life, the lessons experienced, education, family and cultural upbringing.... these can and will have their influence upon what we accept as true and valid.

      So, regardless of what you might "think" would be appropriate and acceptable for my individual life, you cannot have any "knowledge" of what I need or what would be appropriate. "Why?" Simply because you are human, just like me. You are limited in your knowledge and wisdom, just like me. The reading and/or study of the bible which you might have done, regardless of the depth and intensity of that study, has no specific bearing upon my needs. If you imagine this is wrong on my part, then you would be the wrong one, not me. To put it bluntly, you are not equipped to judge.

      With great respect for your personal opinion, but it really is just that.

    • El Shaddai 2016 profile image
      Author

      El Shaddai 2016 16 months ago

      Hi ValKaras,

      Thank you for your comment. I truly appreciate the time you took to type it. I will address each point you brought up.

      Should - If I try a good restaurant, and I tell my friends and family that they should try it, by no means am I implying that I am a Michelin rated chef. All I am saying is that I enjoyed the food, and I think anybody who likes good tasting food "should" try it. I am not claiming that my palate is more advanced than anybody else's.

      Proofs - Courts of law are examples of an arena where proofs are discussed every day. One side claims to have proof of innocence. The other side claims to have proofs of guilt. Even with proofs, discussions are absolutely possible. I do care what others have to say. I care very much that you took the time to write down your thoughts. I hope I am showing your comment as much respect as you have shown mine.

      You asked why someone so healthy and loving and happy need your fountain of youth? I never said anything about "need". I didn't say that people need to believe in God. I said why I think they should believe in God.

      Why do people take offense when a religious person wants to share their beliefs? We live in a society where we are bombarded constantly with advertisements for one thing or another. During the Super Bowl, many people tune in to watch the commercials. Commercials are imposing products on us 24 hours a day. We are being sold everything under the sun.

      I have never seen anybody take offense to commercials about liver damaging beer, fattening hamburgers, or sugar filled sodas. Yet all of these products are being imposed on us consistently. If we do not want to partake in these products, we don't have to. If people do not want to be religious, they don't have to be.

      Have you ever shared with your family or friends an experience you had at a restaurant? Have you ever recommended a movie or a tv show to anybody?

      People share their experiences with other people all the time. Why is religion any different?

      Below this Hub there is an ad for Sears. Sears thinks I should take my car to them if and when the engine light in my car turns on. I am not offended by the ad. The people at Sears believe that they have a good product, and they would like us to try their service. That's all. Nothing to be offended about. Sears isn't forcing me to go to their store. They are just letting me know that they are there, in case I want to try their service.

      I have had a great experience with God, and I am letting others know about it. That's all. Nothing to be offended about. I am not forcing God on anybody. I am just letting people know that God is there, in case they want to try Him.

      ValKras, you have not rained on my parade one bit. :-) On the contrary, thank you for your intelligent comment.

      EL

    • ValKaras profile image

      Vladimir Karas 16 months ago from Canada

      El Shaddai - It is a matter of your personal intellectual favoritism what you choose to believe in, and I have absolutely nothing against it. Let's keep that in mind through everything that follows.

      I hope you don't mind my saying it but I find it too ambitious that you think of your mind as so advanced that everybody "should" follow your example. You know, for sake of a little humbleness, it's good to remember that there are much more intelligent human specimens who choose to think differently about deities and the whole religious package.

      The moment when we deny such a possibility, we admit our fanaticism which bluntly says "I am right and anyone thinking differently is wrong".

      I noticed that you are inviting hubbers to a discussion, but you also say that you are going to provide "proofs" about god's existence. When you announce "proofs" you are announcing lecturing, not a fair discussion. If something is "proven", then no discussions are possible or necessary.

      So, basically you don't really care what others have to say, because you are ready to always top it up with something that you call "proof", but what may not be a "proof" to anybody else but to you.

      For example, in a fair discussion, I would assert that love, compassion, happiness, and peace of mind are possible to experience without attaching a deity to it. Moreover, I would assert that I have seen many, many believers whose emotionality was too whimsical as to spell something like "love", and who were filled with criticism, anger about this world, and warnings about hell, god's judgement, and a whole string of negativities-religious-style.

      On the other hand, through my meditation and self-discipline I can produce blissfulness at will, and I am quite a compassionate dude, loving , caring, even good looking for someone 71 years young.

      So my logical question to you is - Why would someone so healthy and loving and happy need your "fountain of youth"? If you need it, use it by all means, but you want EVERYBODY to think like you to draw benefits of believing in god - the same benefits that I am achieving without being a believer.

      Mind you, I am not the only one. And, when we exclude all militant hotheads, most of us don't really care what religious folks choose to believe. It's only when you start being normative, when you start imposing your beliefs on us that we start telling you to back off.

      So, it's perfectly fine with me that you are trying to be "saved", but please don't try to save me. I am not an Einstein, but after some over thousand non-fiction books on human nature I am not willing to reduce that fund of knowledge down to a "divine experiencing", which I can qualitatively duplicate without attaching a deity to it. You see what I mean?

      I see you are new at Hub Pages. I am not a veteran either, but after 8 months I can tell you that if you are ambitious to "spread the WORD", you are going to run into a LOT of opposition. Again, not because somebody would "hate" your religion, but because you are not a match to many of those who refuse to be brainwashed. By brainwashed I mean bombarded with religious slogans and phrases that really mean nothing to a person who only sees mythology in it.

      Sorry to rain on your parade, but Hub Pages are definitely not a place where non-believers turn into believers. You just can't produce a "proof", if some brilliant scholars have not succeeded to furnish it about god's existence. Your subjective experience will never be taken as a "proof".

      Personally, I salute you if religion brought you love, peace of mind, happiness, health, maybe even abundance. Good for you. Keep believing, just don't forget, it's much less contagious than you are willing to believe.

    • El Shaddai 2016 profile image
      Author

      El Shaddai 2016 16 months ago

      JG Hemlock,

      You said it. Life is God. Without God, there is no life. I too wish that everyone would know God.

      EL

    • JG Hemlock profile image

      JG Hemlock 16 months ago from VISIONS AND DREAMS

      I could live without everything but God. No God I would be devastated. I pray that everyone believe in God. Good job!