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I Believe In God, But You Don't Have To

Updated on March 12, 2015
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I'd like to give you a few reasons explaining why I believe in GOD. But if you consider yourself a true atheist or agnostic, you'll get no argument from me.If you confidently choose not to believe, I can respect that. At least you have the courage of your convictions. Frankly you have more guts than I did..

For more years than I'm comfortable to admit, I believed JESUS CHRIST was a real entity. I had accepted HIM as my Savior. I believed "The Bible" from cover to cover and yet I seldom if ever prayed. I attended church sporadically, more out of duty than devotion. But essentially, I was ignoring God. This happens with a lot of us Christians, We accept GOD's invitation.Then we're no-shows.Go figure. Seems "the spirit is willing" but the flesh is indeed, pathetically weak.

Personally, once I experienced GOD's grace, I figured HE was darn lucky to have me. I really didn't like the way HE seemed to just let things happen. Obviously HE needed a personal adviser who could clear up a few things HE just didn't understand. Such as why is so much evil unpunished? Why do bad people prosper?, If YOU know everything why even create Lucifer when YOU knew he was going to rebel? Why can't YOU fix me up with Michelle Pheiffer ? Whine ! Whine ! Whine !

Years later, GOD would let me come back, but only after HE was able to penetrate my considerably dense cranium, with the knowledge that HE WAS GOD, AND i WAS NOT. Truth be told, most REAL Christians probably have a similar "pride vs GOD" story, or their own unique account of boxing with GOD.

The point is that for those years while you non-believers were busy living an authentic non-believing lifestyle, I was faking it, I just went through the motions, believing but not believing. My faith was lukewarm at best. Which isn't really wise, because if you know the Bible at all ,you know God is no fan of the lukewarm. :

When I think about those years in the spiritual wilderness I've taken great comfort in the words of British writer, and middle-age convert, G.K. Chesterton "Christianity has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and left untried". Guilty as charged. Believe me, I know and understand from first hand experience how hard it can be to truly believe.So I won't be one of those Christians who will vigorously hammer your unbelief.

But I've promised you reasons, so here are four simple reasons you can easily ponder for yourself. The fifth reason is a personal experience that I believe leaves little room for doubt for GOD'S existence.But be warned these are very simple observations. I'm not trying to dazzle you with theological postulates.

1). in basic biology they taught us the Earth's atmosphere is 78% oxygen, 21% nitrogen, and 1% of some gases to be named later. In order for human beings to coexist with the divergent flora and fauna throughout the planet, this 78-21-1 composition is actually perfect.for all life forms concerned. Could this perfect atmospheric mixture honestly be the result of some huge intergalactic explosion.Can atmospheric order come from atmospheric chaos ?

2) ""DNA"" Yes I'm talking good old Deoxyribonucleic Acid. The stuff that makes you - you. Perhaps I'm not smart enough to believe DNA is the result of adaptation and evolution over millions of years. I won't try to argue that scientifically because I can't. The little I know about DNA has convinced me it would take more faith to believe It wasn't purposefully created than to believe it was.

3) Pick up any college anatomy text and you'll no doubt find a factoid which pretty much seals the deal for me on the existence of God. If you were to take the circulatory system for the average individual adult, the veins, the arteries, capillaries, or any other tube which carries blood and string them all together, do you know how far that would stretch"? On average between 55,000 and 60,000 miles. You may think that's a misprint. But you saw it right. That's five decimal places. That would be roughly 10 round-trips between NY and LA. Could this vast yet intricate system of pipes really be the result of mere happenstance?''

4) This may sound stupid, but I've always marveled at how sunrises, sunsets,and the phases of the moon, are all on a predictable schedule. Perhaps that's what is; meant by the Scripture verse - "The heavens declare the glory of God ..... (Psalm 19;1)

5) Finally, since belief in the Almighty is primarily an exercise in "faith" let me bring this to a more personal level. One of my duty stations in the Coast Guard was in Virgina Beach VA. The call went out for volunteers for 3-4 months of temporary duty in the District Office in Miami FL. So, since it was January, I volunteered. I wanted to get there as soon as possible.So, I decided to drive straight through from Virginia Beach to Miami even though I hadn't much sleep prior to my departure.But I was used to long, strange hours from my tedious work in the Communications Center. So I set off for Miami.

It was sometime between 2 and 3 AM on I-95 right around where South Carolina turns into Georgia. Suddenly I awoke with a start. I had fallen asleep at the wheel. But here's the thing, I was still in full control of the car and was flawlessly following an exit ramp off of I-95. I had no idea how long I'd been asleep or how far I'd driven asleep. This is the honest truth. It's almost like I just decided to get off at the next exit, even though I knew I didn't make that decision.

As I sat in my car trying to figure out why I wasn't currently in a mess of mangled metal in a ditch off the interstate. I knew it was GOD !! It had to be GOD !! Nothing else could explain it. Since this was during a period where I'd been running from GOD, it was all the more confounding. But I knew there were people who were praying for me, HE was honoring "their prayers", not "my goodness".

So, agnostics, atheists, and reluctant believers everywhere, I respect your opinion. Because this flawed follower of Jesus Christ is in no position to point fingers.But if you're curious, I'll be glad to point the way to the ONE who can keep your hands on the wheel !! Unless of course, HE insists on driving !!

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      vector7 5 years ago

      Bravo. I'm a believer, but I loved this article. Your literacy is astounding man. Your thoughts flow smooth. Your simple, yet profound conclusions do the very job you intend for them to.

      I like your style bro.

      -v7

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      Civil War Bob 5 years ago from Glenside, Pennsylvania

      Yeah, UH, I agree with V7...voted up, useful, beautiful, and interesting. You've presented the evidence; now we wait to see what He's going to do with it now that you've walked in one of your Ephesians 2:10 "good works."

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      vector7 5 years ago

      And by the way.. ahem.. "You're" simple...

      Had to do a double take. Seriously. Excellent work.

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      Ugly Honest 5 years ago from Within the New York/DC Megalopolis

      Thank You vector7 I really appreciate you stopping by.

      I'm kind of speechless here Godspeed !!!

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      Ugly Honest 5 years ago from Within the New York/DC Megalopolis

      Thank You for all the votes CWB !!

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      Ugly Honest 5 years ago from Within the New York/DC Megalopolis

      I didn't even notice V7 ... Thank you Again !!

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      Brandon Heath Tart 5 years ago from North Carolina Sculptor

      Great points are made in this great contribution. God is a mystery, yet, I, too, cannot fail to believe that the human organism is not the product of a vastly intelligent mind. I like the spine of human, reptile, amphibian, avian and even more unrelated species of life. The presence of a spine (to me) tells me of what many artists and architects do when they use the "elements of design." They all have their signatures in their work somehow, and the spine's ubiquity tell me of a mind that says, "why reinvent the wheel, again, why would I recreate a form that works so well to begin with, and unnecessarily instill another form for what works so well to begin with?" You have listed some fine examples of design complexity that requires intelligence, not merely the result of a unconscious universe of chance occurrence. No, nature as blind, and without consciousness could not produce what you have listed. Great apologetic work! Thumbs up, and peace and love to you. "For I am fearfully and wonderfully made." -- King David

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      Ugly Honest 5 years ago from Within the New York/DC Megalopolis

      Thank You Brandon.. Appreciate you taking the time ... Honestly never thought of the spine as the framework in the "Elements of Design" Good insight !!

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      American_Choices 5 years ago from USA

      Ugly Honest,

      This is tremendous! Absolutely awesome! Love it! Thank you for bringing science into our spiritual beliefs.

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      Ugly Honest 5 years ago from Within the New York/DC Megalopolis

      American_Choices ... Thanks a Ton for Stopping by ... This One was a Joy to Write !!

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      Ugly Honest 5 years ago from Within the New York/DC Megalopolis

      American Choices ... Thanks for stopping by .. This one was a joy to write ... Again Thanks !!

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      stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Dear Ugly Honest : Many things have happened in my life that have sealed my faith, and belief in God. I would like to see the entire world of humans be able to live in great peace, and in great prosperity, but that does not seem to be occurring. I enjoyed you're hub, and of course I voted up. You have a good logical intelligent mind. Thank you for sharing you're views. God Bless You, and everyone you cherish.

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      KellyRivers 4 years ago

      Dearest Ugly Honest,

      What a superb writing! I am a believer...that's what it takes to be saved right? Right. "Believe on the name of the Lord Jesus and you shall be saved." However, at the time of salvation, there is a matter of the heart...it can't be just words with no intention of change at the time of giving it to God. There are those that get saved, and are truly saved, but just don't put enough effort into the "change"...even with the new birth and conviction they feel when they do something wrong. They just continue to ignore it. What does it take to see the works of the Spirit in your life and to bring about those changes? God knows, and through His grace and mercy, allows some to be "jolted" into the spiritual realm? This is what happened to you. He allowed something to happen to you to cause your faith in Him to catapult! He knew your heart and what it would take to get you where He wanted you to be. For others, God allows them to make wrong choices so that they have to call out to Him and allow Him to show His grace and mercy. Sad to say, some won't believe no matter what God does for them. They chalk blessings up to something else(usually their own efforts or a "coincidence). It is risky to keep ignoring that heart tug. Pharoah was given signs from God (however, I think he believed, just as Satan believes). It's a matter of the heart. I would have had a hard time ignoring those plagues! This shows you how stubborn some can be. I heard a saying one time that may not be all that profound to some, however, it was to me at the time: "If you're right and there is no God, I've lost nothing...BUT...if I'm right and there is a God, you've lost everything!" It's always a pleasure to know another believer!

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      Ugly Honest 4 years ago from Within the New York/DC Megalopolis

      stars439 Thank You ... Your kind words go very well with coffee ... Cannot Thank You enough .. Your profile is very inspiring to me ... God Bless You and Yours ...

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      Ugly Honest 4 years ago from Within the New York/DC Megalopolis

      KellyRivers You are so right about GOD knowing what it takes ... Just when I start to think how can people be so unseeing I back off and let it go ... I know how I could often ignore the obvious .... The pleasure and honor are mine ... Godspeed to You and Yours ... Thank You Profusely

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      Thomas Swan 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Well written hub. I like that you don't try to convert people. Sadly many other Christians don't share that sentiment. I think your arguments are based on one central argument: that the world is too perfect to occur by chance. The thing about natural selection is, life adapts to whatever world it finds itself in. So if a world with 78% oxygen means an animal is finding it hard to breath, then any faulty genes or extra genes its offspring have that make it breath easier will help it to survive. If this baby animal can breath easier then it is more likely to reproduce and have babies of its own, passing on the genes to them. Eventually all animals will have the gene that allows them to breath easily. So, it's not that the world is perfect for life, it's that life made itself perfect for the world that happens to exist.

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      Ugly Honest 4 years ago from Within the New York/DC Megalopolis

      Thomas, Grateful you'd take the time to read and comment ....As for natural selection ... I wouldn't be surprised to know that certain individual adaptations had taken place among certain species ... I suppose my point was "how can something be created from nothing and not only created, by created awfully close to, if not, perfectly" Want to let you know that when I get the chance I'll be reading your "Hate America" hub ... can't wait LOL

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      Ugly Honest 4 years ago from Within the New York/DC Megalopolis

      Thomas, Grateful you'd take the time to read and comment ....As for natural selection ... I wouldn't be surprised to know that certain individual adaptations had taken place among certain species ... I suppose my point was "how can something be created from nothing and not only created, by created awfully close to, if not, perfectly" Want to let you know that when I get the chance I'll be reading your "Hate America" hub ... can't wait LOL

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      Thomas Swan 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks for your interest in that hub! I have also written recently about religion.

      The theory of evolution predicts that we came from much simpler organisms. The atmosphere wouldn't have changed significantly during this time. So we're only looking at the emergence of microbes or bacteria that were able to breath the air. Presumably, several microbes emerged, some could breath it, others could not. The ones that could breath it lived, the others died. Evolutionary biology isn't my specific area of expertise, but that makes sense to me.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Excellent article UH. I also do believe in God.. But I also accept others opinion if they believe or not. Anyway, they have their own mind too and you cannot force someone to agree on your own ideas.

      This hub is truly amazing. I did loved reading it from top to bottom.

      voted up!

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      Bill Hahn 4 years ago

      My cousin, thank you for sharing your insight and personal humble testimony. I know grand ma prayed for both of us a lot and boy did we need it! The heavans do declare his glory. I resonate with your struggle in being lukewarm. I find myself often in danger of being spewed out of the mouth of God for my fickle walk. Though my faith is consistent in theory i only go through season with boots on the ground in action living my faith? Faith without works is dead as Paul said. It is tha out ward expression that is so much more effective than words. It is reflecting the grace and love of our savior everyday through our actions and responses often when we don't know we are being watched and our testimony examined for its potency and legitimacy. I am so grateful for the model of my parents. Who consistently love those not easy to love and serve those in the name of their lord in an obedient anonymous way. I am humbled and convicted by the legacy of faith in our family. Feeling like the black sheep a little here. I digress. Thanks for sharing. God is good.

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