The existence of God cannot be proved or disproved. The Bible says that we must accept by faith the fact that God exists: “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6). If God so desired, He could simply appear and prove to the whole world that He exists. But if He did that, there would be no need for faith. “Then Jesus told him, ‘Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed’” (John 20:29).
For me personally I have experienced far too much in my own life that has told me there is a God who cares deeply about me personally. Just yesterday I was in Derby with my young people and the elder of my church's wife. She was having back problems, they had prayed for her before she left in the morning. It had led to a sleepless night and a lot of Ibrofen,. Anyway the first time they prayed for her there nothing outwardly appeared to happen. However later that day we arrived at the meeting in Derby, and someone stood up and said "I sense God saying there is someone here who has a bad back and I want to pray with you, cause God wants to heal you." We prayed for her, but she wasn't fully healed. Later that day another guy shows up (He wasn't in the first meeting) and says I sense there is someone here with a bad back. My youth went and got my elder's wife. This guy prayed for her for about five minutes and then started praying for her nerves and nerve damage and bam she was healed on the spot. She slept drug free last night for the first time in a few days. That is why I believe in God.
It brings comfort, joy, fulfillment, peace, and justification for many. To each their own.
In all honesty, I don't know. These are troubling times and people seem to need something to hold on to. I envy those who are able to use their faith in God to find some peace. They seem to be happier than those of us without this ability.
Some people may believe there is a God because they were always told such. Others because they have experienced the presence of God or have had an encounter which, to them, is an unmistakable display of God's involvement; perhaps a miraculous event has taken place for some people leading them to this conclusion. There are some who have tried to disprove God's existence only to find themselves believing the very thing/person they were trying hard not to believe in. Science has also revealed the realization that perhaps a God is the best explanation for why we are here. Cosmology, Theology, and Philosophy have all pointed towards the possibility, and even the probability, that there is a God.
Human's are a pack species. We survive and thrive when we live in groups, and groups need a leader to maintain order. The pack leader is someone who can guide us and protect us against the unknown. In the past, the danger came from wild animals and other humans. In the modern world, that danger comes from things like death and disease. But even presidents, kings and prime ministers can't protect us from everything, so an omnipotent pack leader was born (a.k.a. god). God can explain the unexplainable, protect the indefensible and heal the incurable. Granted, I think the origin of god (and deities in general) is a much more complicated subject, but I do think that's one of the reasons why it persists through time. People don't like to think of themselves as small (in comparison to the universe) and they don't like to think that they are vulnerable. Yet we are both. Believing in god is putting a pack leader in the driver's seat of a car that can never be driven. It makes us feel safe and secure; a defense mechanism against the dangers, and the vastness, of existence.
I think it is because everyone knows that they must die, and people are afraid of the unknown. By believing in an all-powerful God who is your creator, you are comforted and not that really afraid to die because something better (heaven) awaits your soul.
Some people can't sleep at night without feeling like they aren't going to eventually cease to exist in its entirety. Some people are raised to believe it (they are pitiably because they had no other option but to believe or generally face disgust from their own parents). Some require it to have any meaning or aim in their life (this I support). Some need it to keep their own disgusting character in check (this I strongly support).
Other then those situations, Religion is a way of explaining what you do not understand. After all, we fear that which we do not understand.
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