Why I Believe in God
Can you fathom it: more
Aussies believe in aliens than in God!
Apparently, 80% of us believe in the existence of aliens somewhere in space whilst 74% believe in God.1
It makes me wonder about
the basis for peopleís beliefs. I guess with
todayís emphasis on the supernatural, visitors from
outer space in movies and the many sightings reported on the TV,
people want to believe in the supernatural. Itís sensational and
it feeds the spiritual dimension in us.
Furthermore, it doesnít make demands on us
like believing in God does, for belief in God is quite
different: if he is there, surely we cannot easily ignore him.
When it comes down to it,
the bottom line is our response to this
question: Is there a personal, transcendent
and knowable being who designed and created
our world? And, a not so frequently asked question,
what difference does it make? Most people at some
point in their lives question the existence of God and that
fact in itself indicates that it is a
legitimate question for us to investigate. The
reality is that if God exists, what are the ramifications if we reject
him? Does life make sense without God? And does he care about us or are we just part of the furniture as it were?
I often engage
with people who declare themselves to be atheists or non-believers, but when I ask them why they hold this position, I
find they can rarely explain their reasons in
a thought through way. Instead, I hear
throwaway lines about disenchantment with the church for its belief in a God who leaves the world in such a
mess, or anger about people who call
themselves ĎChristiansí. The very idea of
being accountable to God is enough to make
others refuse to accept even the possibility of his existence.
I grew up
with a father who spent most of his life denouncing God because of the
hypocrisy of the church and its people. When I began to question
his beliefs I discovered that there was very
little substance to it, and I realised that his Ďatheismí
was really just a convenient hideaway from God, giving him an
excuse for his lifestyle and attitudes. The reality was that my
father could not bear the idea of a personal god. He was rather
like Thomas Nagel, Professor of Philosophy at New York
University, who perhaps in an unguarded moment said, ĎI want
Atheism to be true, and I am made uneasy by the fact that some of the most intelligent and well-informed people I know are
religious believers. It isnít just that I donít believe that there is a God. I naturally hope there is no God, I just donít want
there to be a God, I donít want the universe to be like that.í In the same way, my fatherís rejection of God was more a desire for him
not to exist, rather than being based on any plausible arguments against his existence. This mindset is common and when
one hears the antagonism in the writings and speeches of some of the so-called Ďnew Atheistsí, one wonders if they too
donít harbour a secret fear that God may exist after all.
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in Interact Vol 21 No 2.
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