Why do you believe in god???
• United States
25 Jul 10
Yes, I do it because most people do it and it actually doesn't matter to me if it is true or not. You don't really have a proof that it is not true, do you see? it doesn't really matter if it is true or not because none of us have proof. By conforming to the majority, I include myself to the normal people. The only reason why there are these people called weirdos is because they are not as common as me, a conformist. For example if there are more people who doesn't believe in god, like you are, then your kind of people will be the normal kind and the people who believe in god are the weirdos. Do you see my point? It is just a matter of who is the majority for me. It doesn't hurt to believe and not believe in god. I mean If you don't believe in god, that is okay because I might not believe in god as well if more people are not believing in god. I don't think it is a waste of time because to me its another activity that keeps me away for some time which is good as it relieves boredom, stress from work, people, hardships in life, and stuff like that. And it will be a big part of your life because most of the people you will meet are normal. Believing in god is actually doing things for myself, as believing in god is a mindset that is healthy for my brain. It relaxes your brain, entertains with stories, sometimes it challenges your brain with the things told to you if they are true or not. Basically it makes you use your brain, like an exercise. If you don't use your brain it will degenerate. I just remembered that from my class. I think you believe that if you get nothing physically for doing something you got nothing but actually you got something for your brain if you believe in god. Why is it a waste of time for you? Maybe you are just busy or something so you don't have time or you had a bad experience with religion, or you got something in your mind that you think is more important? Well, thanks, you made me think just like god did.
• El Salvador
25 Jul 10
I can assure you that I am as normal as you. I use my brain to learn about everything I can, science, food, behavior, etc. I read and research stuff. I always try look at both sides of the story, I just don't belive in anything I can't prove, so i research as much as I can. Then I make a choice.
25 Jul 10
Hi rodlar, My beliefs are very different from what we might call the norm, but I believe in God nonetheless. I was raised a Christian but I was allowed to make my own choices and I soon saw that the idea of an old man in the sky was not for me. I felt the same way about a heaven where all things were perfect and where there were streets of Gold. The whole thing had all the markings of a fairy tale. I think that God is within us and within all things. To know God fully is probably not possible at least, while we are here on this earth. My reason for believing in God, or whatever name you want to use, is that I have what I can only call a "knowing" within me. I cannot prove God to another and there is no need for it, since all must find their own path. Nature too brings many people to a belief in God and it is very difficult to truly observe all that's around us and not feel that there is something behind it all. We might call it universal mind, law, life or all that is, it really doesn't matter. It doesn't even matter whether we believe in God or not because he surely wouldn't care. Blessings.
• United States
25 Jul 10
I don't personally believe in any god. But if I had to guess why some do, I think it all boils down to one word (feeling) in the end: comfort. It's comforting, I imagine, to have the answers in your great time of need (god's 'will' or 'plan'), to have the tree of life summed up (god's work), to believe in an afterlife where you'll reconnect with all loved ones, and to believe you're part of something larger. In any context, a "god" is infallible. And when it's taught that this life was chosen by him for you, and that a great kingdom awaits if you abide the standard, then I'm sure a lot of individuals just go on the ride, because it's better to believe and feel the comfort than to question and maybe find out everything you were told is like Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny or the Boogie Man. I have a good friend who's really intelligent and ever inquisitive about life. But in the culture she grew up in over 24 years, her "god" is just all there is. She must pray to it multiple times per day. She must abide her parents' will or else it's a sin against this god. She must abide the cultural standards set by her parents, that were set by their parents, and so on and so on. And while she is very bright, this is all she knows. Since birth when they put the book by her head in the crib, this has been her life. Her god is her god, her religion is her religion, just as her parents are her parents. They're that closely joined, and you couldn't remove one without collapsing both. And in the part of the world she lives in (and in many, many other places around the globe), this is how billions of religious people came to be religious people. They technicaly have a choice in the matter. But they kinda don't. It's the life they know...
• United States
27 Jul 10
It's a bit hard to explain. It wasn't purely a logical or intellectual decision. I was raised Catholic by my parents, but being mule-headed, I never listened or believed them. So I became an agnostic when I went to college, and remained an agnostic for several years after graduation. But those years were tough in the sense that I felt there was something missing in my life and I couldn't quite figure out what it was. No matter what I did or accomplished, I was never content nor happy. I kept asking, "Is this all there is to life? What's it all for?" Then in 1993, while traveling on the job, I was at my hotel room, channel surfing because I was bored and had nothing better to do than to watch TV. Then I came upon the Rev. Billy Graham. So I said to myself, "I've heard a lot of things about this guy. Maybe I should hear what he has to say just for the heck of it, and decide if he's as good as some people portray him to be." As he spoke, he asked the audience, "Did you ever feel that something was missing in your life? Did you wonder why you weren't happy no matter what you did or accomplished? What is life for or what is life all about?" That grabbed my attention. So I was asking myself, "So what's the answer?" He said the reason we feel discontent and empty was because everything we pursued in life was temporary, so the satisfaction we get is also temporary and we search for something else to satisfy us. To be permanently "satisfied" , Billy Graham said we need to pursue what is permanent and good, and the only one that is permanent and good, and therefore worth pursuing is God. For inexplicable reasons, this made sense to me and I ended up weeping realizing that I've wasted a lot of years pursuing things which never made me happy. Since then, I've rearranged my priorities and pursued only God, and life was never the same for me. My attitudes and outlook towards life changed for the better. No amount of counseling or self-help books that I tried before ever helped. I no longer felt anything was missing in my life, I was content, and no matter what problems I encountered since then, I was able to handle and deal with it better. I now felt there was a purpose for my existence, and my works, efforts, and even failures, were no longer in vain nor wasted, since I now look forward to Heaven. Looking back at it, everything I've wanted is found in Heaven- no hate, no pain, no suffering, no problems, no conflict, no hunger, no poverty, no crime, no war, no fear; only peace, happiness, contentment, & love. So that's how I ended up believing in God.