If you believe in God, why?

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10-10-2015, 11:25 PM
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Simple question, that I would like to see the answer you have to.

You were raised to believe, you have felt God, what?

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10-10-2015, 11:55 PM
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I don't personally believe, but I can tell you why people might.

1) They were raised to believe it.
2) They are just afraid. Afraid of the unknown. Afraid of what happens after we die. God can answer all of these questions. It will put them at ease.

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10-11-2015, 01:07 AM
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Main reason I've seen are being raised to believe it.

I also have a really cool physics teacher that was a Catholic when young, then became an Atheist for a while, and now believes in some sort of higher power after studying physics for a while. I thought that was interesting. So apparently awe at the universe can also be a reason.

In reality, all he's doing is pushing the same buttons he always has, nothing has changed. The longer he spends here, the more invested he gets, the more he forgets which life is the real one.
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10-11-2015, 01:37 AM
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I'm also not a believer. But I do know some other reasons as to why someone else might.
1: In most churches/Mosks/whatever there is a strong sense of community. Where you can meet a lot of different people. This is probably one of the weaker reasons as to why someone might convert. But it might play a role in it nonetheless.
2: They just wanna do those 27 virgins when they die. Obviously this only applies to Islam. There are a lot of people that convert because of this (Although they'd probably deny that themselves.).
3: The promise of heaven is probably a good one as well.
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10-12-2015, 10:07 PM
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I wish I could.
religious people always seem so happy.

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10-12-2015, 10:48 PM
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>>22204

Ignorance is bliss.

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10-12-2015, 11:13 PM
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I do not hold any beliefs in a religion as I was never brought up to be.

Although there are some radical sides to religion I think at it's core it is a good thing, Like the posters above have said religion brings people/communities together in a way that is hard to match. But that doesn't mean every aspect of religion is good.

I have no real evidence or backing but I think that many people have used most humans intrinsic fear of death to gain money and power, which is obviously very corrupt. That doesn't mean religion at the core is bad, it's just that there are a lot of people that take advantage of it. Simply because of that I can't support
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10-12-2015, 11:29 PM
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In most cases, people who were brought up by a family who going to church from a weekend to weekend basis, (like me),
that will usually happen. Though even in most cases, like some of the folk in my church, they only attend church to keep their parents happy.
(Until they find their higher calling such as a job or school.)
Why I say that, is because due to amount of prejudice and drama when a person leaves a church. One of my relatives did so and it went bad.

In my opinion, I can't really say anything on the matter. Even with me going to an actual church in all. I do believe, but when it comes to what I want to do, it usually counteracts anything I wish to do with my own life. It's quite confusing if I can say so myself....
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10-12-2015, 11:41 PM
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Like Chrome, and most likely many of the users here, I was brought up in a religious family. Not saying that this was bad, but it got quite strained to keep on "worshipping" when I never truly thought that this was a worthwhile thing. My parents wanted me to get Confirmation, and I only did it to please them. Granted, I did not uphold my confirmation mission, which was to spread faith and yada yada.

But in regards to the actual topic, if I were to believe in some sort of higher being, it would be the universe itself. Not because of my spite to my religion, but to the feeling that there is more to the creation of our existence than we believed. We might not get that far in terms of understanding, but I would like to see to the end of it, if possible.

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10-13-2015, 12:03 AM
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There's also the constant religious references, buildings, people that you might encounter, with so many people talking about a god, this god's existence may just be something you take for granted to be true. Atheist here, by the way.

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10-13-2015, 12:47 AM
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I was born and raised in a muslim country , so i had my share load of religious endoctrinment as well.
From my personal experience and judging from previous posts as well , I think some people, especially older generations take religion and religious matters too seriously. In my opinion , it should be more of a way of life as it teaches you some important values , than some worshiping fanaticism.

I mean , worshiping a god is all right , as it can help you reach peace of mind and  as long  as it's personal. But as we've seen many times in the past , some people will inevitably use religion to gain money and control over the masses, like tftp pointed out , and it even continues to these days (Saudi Arabia anyone?)
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10-15-2015, 11:53 PM
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Several extremely disturbing dreams happened when I decided to stop going to church, so I went back.
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06-16-2016, 02:35 AM
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That's simple.

Because I can feel His love.
And it was real.

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06-16-2016, 08:47 AM (This post was last modified: 06-16-2016, 08:50 AM by takashin.)
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There are a lot of answers here that don't uphold religion but I too think that I believe that there is a God because there are things I cannot understand. Throughout history, people always turned to God when they don't understand something. Perhaps, God could be an idea. An idea of the unknown and we grow to fear what it is and leave "God" (note the quotations) to what will happen. I believe in God because I feel his grace throughout my life. All the people I've met and all the blessings I have received could have been more or less because of his grace. Even all the bad ones, because it has taught me to be a better person. I could go on more about this since I've actually gone through a lot of theology courses but I'll end it in a non-theological way.

Personally, I believe it is not necessary to believe in God to be a good person. In a way, the traditional. Notion of God is outdated. One can be spiritual but not religious. It is not necessary to go to church and give money — for many, nature can be a church. Some of the best people in history do not believe in God, while some of the worst deeds were done in His name.
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06-16-2016, 03:40 PM
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That amount of conincidences required for us to even exist is staggering from a physics standpoint. Some people take that as proof of a higher being, or creator. I personally don't believe in a god, but it really is amazing how many things happened to be in the right place, the right quantity, right time, and right conditions, all stretching back to the beginning of the universe.
Keep in mind it's not just down to probability. Many physical constants that dictate physical laws are also 'finely tuned'. As far as we know there's only one universe. Of course I'm a layman so it's not like I could go into much more detail, but you can look this stuff up for yourself if you're more interested.
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06-22-2016, 08:56 AM
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All that I can tell is that my parents see me as a failture since I am the first person in the family not believing in God.
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06-23-2016, 07:00 AM
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In Italy, catholic religion has an enormously important role, I was raised as a god-fearing child, going to church every sunday, praying before eating ecc, but I don't think I've ever seriously belived in god. I personally think that God (intended as a 'religious god)is only a pretext to committ abuses, and people believe because it's easier to explain all that is unknow.
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06-23-2016, 04:43 PM
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I believe that God is you. If I would follow a religion that would be Buddhism.
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06-24-2016, 10:16 PM
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was plagued by nightmares when i was small
prayed that i'd never have nightmares again
haven't had a nightmare since

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06-25-2016, 04:45 AM
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Most of you seem to believe that people who believed in god were raised to.
I was raised in an all atheist family and i believe in god but i promise you its not because im scared.

Sometimes i can feel him, it sounds wierd but i guess most people wouldn't understand. At least
than i know im safe.

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06-25-2016, 07:11 AM
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(06-24-2016, 10:16 PM)Saikou Wrote: was plagued by nightmares when i was small
prayed that i'd never have nightmares again
haven't had a nightmare since

In my case , the likelyhood of having nightmares seems to be directly related to the temperature of my room.

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06-29-2016, 01:03 AM
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I believed until I hit my teenage years, which seems to be normal. But I lost all of my belief because I was plauged by depression and the such. I felt like that if God was real, that he wouldn't put me through misery. But I believed for that long because my mom pushed it pretty hard. I didn't even know people didn't believe for a while.
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06-30-2016, 07:41 AM
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I think like most people in our generation, it is because our generation was raised into believing it. We diden't much have a choice.
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06-30-2016, 07:54 AM
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It only just hit me how unlikely it was for me to have been raised by atheist Poles.

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07-01-2016, 01:11 AM
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"I put no stock in religion. By the word religion I have seen the lunacy of fanatics of every denomination be called the will of God. Holiness is in right action and courage on behalf of those who cannot defend themselves, and goodness. What God desires is (in your head) and (in your heart) and what you decide to do every day, you will be a good man - or not."

I think it doesn't matter what you have faith in, only so long as you have faith, and try to be the best person you can be.

Were there a God, or any divine being for that matter, I would certainly hope that's something they'd like us to aspire to.

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