It’s a little disturbing for the world to understand why people believe in God. The evidence of His majestic power is too clear to turn a blind eye to it. He is real. Time to open your eyes…
One of the commonest nagging questions many are asking today is “why do people believe in God?” It’s a mind-boggling question that needs to be understood by going through the Bible. The Bible is the very Word of God. So if mankind truly wants to understand why humans believe in a Supreme being; it is the best source we could ever find.
In this post, I will try my best to explain to you why people believe in God. Perhaps I have to cite a few examples of my own experiences with the kind of relationship I have with the Lord of heaven and earth. He is more than real. A good Father, Friend, and everything.
I’m very aware that some atheists, agnostics, and other non-believers curiously come around to read some of my Christian articles. Anyway, I welcome everyone with love. Here comes one crucial topic and I will mainly handle it from a Christian perspective.
I’m not here to argue with anyone about the existence of God. I have already talked about that. It takes some spiritual insight to understand why it is necessary to believe in God. This is because God is Spirit and anyone who worships Him must do that in truth and Spirit.
Religion And God In Question
Religion is a man-made thing that is trying to point humans back to God. It is not necessary to be religious in this respect. Because most religious teachings have brainwashed many from the true gospel that gives eternal life. Yes! These people have been indoctrinated by sycophants.
There are several celebrities such as Olivia Newton-John who believes in religion and the importance of interfaith; spirituality is the major motivating factor.
It is estimated that 85% of the world’s population identify themselves with a religion. It simply means they believe in some sort of deities.
Christianity, being the most popular religion boasts of an estimated 2.38 billion people worldwide. Islam, which is also practiced by more than 1.91 billion people, is the second-largest religion in the world.
Now, let me take a minute and ask you “do you believe in God?” You might not be so sure of your stance because some professed Christians sometimes even lose their faith. They backslide because they fail to walk by the Spirit at all times.
There are many reasons why people believe in God. If we take lessons from purely scientific knowledge or teachings like evolution, we would deny the existence of God and rubbish the idea of worshiping Him.
Human History Of Hunting And Gathering
According to human history, men began as hunter-gatherers and lived in smaller groups. And over a period of time expanded to create sophisticated weapons for hunting and farming. Did they acknowledge the existence of God?
History says hunter-gatherer culture was the way of life that the earlier humans practiced until around 11,000 to 12,000 years ago. The said lifestyle was to hunt and gather foodstuffs.
Well, I have yet not seen or read if these historical accounts raise any topic about humans worshiping God. What I could figure out is —that it points to evolution in which humans are said to evolve from some sort of monkey.
I, therefore, can’t take this into account when talking about the reasons why humans believe in God. Evolution is unscriptural and so must not have any place in a Christian’s life.
The Bible gives an account of how God created this earth and how the early humans worshipped or interacted with Him; starting from Adam and Eve, Enoch, Noah, Moses, Jacob, Abraham, etc,
Have you ever heard of Richard Dawkins? He is the British evolutionary biologist, who has ridiculed creation and intelligent design theories. Dawkins is known to be the most influential living atheist.
Scientific teachings and Biblical teachings have left many wondering which one is telling the truth. If you believe in evolution, then you are not a true Christian. It would likely influence you to renounce the existence of God.
Interestingly, records say one in three scientists have professed to believe in God compared with 83% of the general population.
Major Reasons Why People Believe In God
Now, it is time I point to you some of the reasons why people believe in God. It is not a fashion to trust the maker of Heaven and Earth. He is real. There are a lot of imperial pieces of evidence of his existence. He does signs, wonders, miracles, etc,
1. Availability of His Invisible Qualities
Since the beginning of this world, God has revealed His invisible qualities in nature. No one has to tell you. From human history up to date, God’s presence has always been available for mankind.
A child will ask his parent “who made the sky, sun, sea, cat, tree…?” There is someone behind the existence of all these amazing creations. His name is “Yahweh” the God of heaven and earth.
This is the truth. And anyone who denies the truth had already been condemned. The Bible gave an account of how God’s anger is blazing against those who suppress the truth and refuse to believe in Him.
In the book of Romans 1:18 – 32; the Bible sends a strong warning to the unrighteous. Let’s take a look at verse 20:
“For since the creation of the world his invisible attributes – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, because they are understood through what has been made. So people are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20)
People have no valid excuse not to believe in God and worship Him. Instead, they choose to worship His creation, develop foolish thoughts and new styles of sinning. They never think of saying “Thank you” to God for the breath of life and all the amazing grace granted to them.
2. Humans Understand The Existence Of God
As humans, made in the image of God, we can always feel the need to know more about God. However, sometimes lack of knowledge or ignorance prevents us to worship the true God who created everything.
Undoubtedly, some people in an attempt to worship God have ended up worshiping idols or false gods. This is what happened in Athens during the days of Paul.
Paul in Athens (Acts 17:16-34)
Athens was in the province of Achaia, which is the southern part of present-day Greece. History says it was the main center of learning in the Roman Empire.
It was a place where philosophers, religious men and politicians discuss issues freely. They prized themselves as wise men with enough knowledge about their beliefs or teachings.
Apostle Paul, when visited Athens, got confronted by some of these people; the stoics and epicureans. Some believed in the existence of God but don’t know the true God who made heaven and earth.
With a complex system of beliefs, they lacked the knowledge of God and His salvation plan through Jesus Christ.
The Epicureans for instance believed that because nothing in the world is lasting or stable, people shouldn’t be much concerned about affairs of life.
They are taught to seek contentment through living calmly, and also try to avoid all pain, desire, unpleasant feelings and superstitious fears.
It is their belief that —that is how the gods lived. And because of that, they took little interest in human affairs.
The Stoic philosophers and their followers believed that everything in this world is determined by a universal Mind or Reason.
In view of that, they want people to accept whatever happens to them in life without fear or complaint, and adjust their lives to fit what nature has determined for them.
This kind of philosophy was based on human wisdom. It sounded very great and helpful in living a peaceful life. But there was something essential they lack.
This very essential thing is what was presented to them after Paul acknowledged their zealous effort to worship God but did it wrongly by making idols and building temples for them. The Supreme God does not stay in things made with human hands.
“For as I passed along, and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription: ‘TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.’ What therefore you worship in ignorance, this I announce to you.” (Acts 17:23)
This simply means they believe in a Creator but are very ignorant of this true God. Paul explained to them the God who made heaven and earth and how he sent Jesus to atone for our sins by dying and rising back from death —giving hope to anyone who believes in him for eternal life.
Both the Epicureans and Stoics would have agreed with Paul that there is a Supreme God who is the source of life and holds everything together by His power.
Sadly they found Paul’s teaching about the resurrection not worthy of serious consideration. However, not all Athenians, rejected Paul’s message (Acts 32-34).
Today, it is the same message of hope and salvation we are sending out to the world as part of the great commission so that everyone will come to know God, believe in Him and worship Him.
Through human knowledge, people have easily swayed away from knowing God. Because God has made the wisdom of this world foolish. (1 Corinthians 1:20)
3. Signs And Wonders
God’s power has always been at work since creation. Many of us have seen, felt and witnessed miracles. There are countless people in our world today who are living testimonies. I’m one of them. I know what I’m saying and there is nothing to joke about.
The Holy Spirit is living among us. Personally, I often feel the presence of God and I have heard his voice audibly.
God reveals deep spiritual secrets to me every single day. I also talk to Him through prayers every day. I have prayed and rebuked ungodly spirits in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and they fled. I have prayed and broken the physical manifestation of the works of the devil right in front of my eyes. There are a lot more… Why shouldn’t I believe in God?
Dr. Andy Newberg, a Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine has proven the reality of a believer’s connection with God through prayers.
He used an MRI machine to scan the brain activity of the one who believes in God while praying. He conducted the same experiment on an atheist.
The result proved the connectivity that happens between a believer and God during prayers.
If you wonder why people believe in God, then find out the story behind any atheist who converted to Christianity. I will cite an example here; His name is Isaiah Saldivar.
I listened to his story and it was amazing. A minute ago he was an atheist, and a few minutes later a Christian.
As an atheist, he unwillingly visited his girlfriend’s church. While sitting at the back, the Holy Spirit convicted him. He started speaking in tongues… Although he honestly screamed out that he is an atheist and doesn’t believe in God but the conviction of the Holy Spirit was so strong that he couldn’t resist speaking in tongues.
He is now the Founder of The Awakening Revival in Central Valley. In an interview, he explained how to see in the spirit and be a dignified Christian. You can watch his testimony on YouTube below:
God knows the future. The Bible has given out what will happen in the future through prophetic messages. Out of the 2,500 prophecies, 2000 have been fulfilled to the letter. The coming of the Lord, his death and resurrection were all recorded before it happened.
God has a track record of faithfully fulfilling His promises. Check out the history of the Israelites and how God walked with them fulfilling his promise. Today His promises assure us of eternal life.
We are in the end time. We can see some of the signs the Bible foretold will happen. He is a trustworthy God. There is no valid excuse not to believe in Him.
5. Jesus Saves
The ultimate gift made available for humans through the blood of Jesus is salvation. He came to die to pay the penalty of sin for us sinners so that whoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
The world’s number one billionaire Elon Musk —who is often depicted as an atheist or agnostic agreed to have an interview with a Christian satire website.
Think about this: why would he even talk to such a Christian organization website in this age?
Musk is the mastermind behind Tesla and SpaceX having a net worth of $278 billion at the end of 2021.
In The Bee interview, Creative Director Ethan Nicolle did ask:
“To make this ‘church,’ we’re wondering if you could do us a quick solid and accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior?”
That was a surprising question that made him take an awkward pause with some laughter. He later took the question seriously:
“There’s great wisdom in the teachings of Jesus, and I agree with those teachings. Things like ‘turn the other cheek’ are very important, as opposed to ‘an eye for an eye.’ An eye for an eye leaves everyone blind,” said Musk, paraphrasing a quote attributed to Mahatma Gandhi. Musk also quoted Albert Einstein, affirming belief in the “God of Spinoza,” in which the material universe is seen as an expression of God.
“Forgiveness, you know, is important and treating people as you would wish to be treated,” added Musk. “Love thy neighbor as thyself. Very important. … But hey, if Jesus is saving people … I won’t stand in his way. Sure, I’ll be saved. Why not?”
It is imperative for every human to think about what will happen to him after death. This is a very sensitive topic that sparks a lot of confusion among the carnal-minded people who think and behave like the stoics and epicureans in the days of Paul. They find the resurrection of the dead not worthy.
You see, the issue of salvation is a major concern for all humanity. Death is not the end. We shall all rise from the grave and face the Lord’s judgment. Some unto damnation and some unto salvation. This is what the Bible says, and it is trustworthy. The afterlife is real.
Now, to be a celebrity in our modern age, it is very difficult to express your religious views claiming you believe in God and other stuff. You will surely hurt a lot of your fans who are non-believers. The truth hurts but it sets us free. Elon Musk finds wisdom in the teachings of Jesus and beliefs he would be saved.
Finally, the Bible is the word of God. He has revealed the amazing salvation plan for all humans to believe in Jesus Christ and be saved. He has sent out the Holy Spirit to help us in our weaknesses, direct and lead us into the part of righteousness.
There are many other spirits and false gods in this world. But the power God has bestowed on His children surpasses any other power. The Supreme God is calling you today to believe in Him.
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