Does God Really Exist?
For centuries people have sought the reassurance, acceptance, guidance and providence of a loving God. This innate yearning stems from the recognition of human frailty thus requiring the belief in a Supreme Being that could understand all, and possess the power to “give strength to our weakness”.
Moreover, faith in the supernatural provides a comforting sense of security that one’s personal decisions are not final; present circumstance is not the end; and one’s destiny is predetermined. People like knowing there is a God who can make all things better…as long as they please Him.
There is also the need to occasionally confess personal shortcomings. Given the fact that man is imperfect, most people want to confide their deepest mistakes to an omnipresent God who will hear them and forgive them. Like kids who must humble themselves to a parent, the majority of people need to release themselves over to a higher power for ritualistic confessionals with the purpose of being mended back to His good graces.
People also want God to soothe life’s worries. Oftentimes, believers commit the person they care about into His hands, to look over them in their absence. This provides a feeling of hope that nothing bad can happen to a love one.
Therefore, considering the importance of the things entrusted to God (our hopes, fears, mistakes, ambitions, salvation, etc.)
- How do you know if He actually exists?
- Just once wouldn’t you love to see empirical evidence of God’s existence?
- I’m not talking about personal statements of supernatural feelings nor even examples of unexplainable healings. Instead, what about unbiased, data-backed, irrefutable evidence there is a God?
Please don’t get offended! But, it’s a fair question.
To begin to explore this question one must recognize the shear magnitude and size of the global religious community. Today, there are nearly 5 billion followers of the 10 major world religions. That’s nearly 72% of the globe’s population committed to a higher power.
Imagine that! Nearly 7 in 10 people on earth believe in a Supreme Being.
This explains the significant amount of material that is published and focused on establishing, or reconnecting a relationship with God. To that end, there are many religious options available. Nonetheless, no matter the belief system one chooses, every religion should be respected and valued. Here is a rundown of the major religions based on the most recent reported numbers of followers.
First there is Christianity. It continues to be the world’s largest religion. It’s monotheistic, which means that it believes there is only one God. It is also considered an Abrahamic religion, which means that it maintains a reverence to Abraham, the Biblical patriarch. Christianity is based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ as presented in the gospels written by His disciples. There are about 2.1 billion followers of Christianity in the world. Next there is Islam. It is also a monotheistic and Abrahamic religion. Its teachings are found in the Book of Quran. Its text is believed to be the spoken word of Allah as communicated by the prophet Muhammad. A follower of Islam is called a Muslim and there are about 1.5 billion Muslims around the globe. Today, Islam is the fastest growing religion. Then there is Hinduism. It’s the predominant religion of India. Hinduism is very legalistic with a wide range of laws and instruction of “daily morality”. There are about 900 million Hindu followers of which 90% reside in India.
Lastly there are over 2.4 billions believers (combined) of other major religions like, Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Juche, Judaism, Baha’i Faith, and Jainism. Across the globe, these +5 billion followers willingly adhere to various sacred teachings to guide them on how to live. In some cases, people are more than happy to kill and/or die in the name of their God.
The reasoning behind one’s embrace of a specific religion differs. For many, their parents made the choice for them. These are people that were raised in religious households and remained committed to their parent’s faith for most of their lives. Others seek God by their own initiative or through the influence of friends. Additionally, there are some who find God through self-evolution or new-found spiritual awareness at later stages in life. In any case, it’s the need to connect to a higher power that is the underlying driver.
Nevertheless, the proof that God is real is still a matter to be debated!
If you talk to people of faith you’ll hear anecdotal reasons for belief in God. Some claim to feel Him; others simply embraced the teachings of their religion and accept God’s existence as a statement of fact.
Which one is correct? I don’t know. Yet given the reality that God is worshiped by billions of people, makes me wonder how so many people could be wrong.
Is it possible that nearly 72% of the world’s population is following a non-existent God? Are they all suffering a form of delusional madness or extreme personal insecurity?
This would mean that there will be alot of disappointed people when they die. I put them in 3 categories:
1. People who find out that they had faith in the wrong God.
2. People who are happy because they find out that they had faith in the right God.
3. All people are disappointed because we find out that God doesn’t exist.
The real answer is either 1 of the 3. Unfortunately, no one will know until it’s too late.
Personally, I believe in the Abrahamic God of the Hebrew bible. I accept Him as the one true God. I trust Him as the head of my life and the protector of my family. However, I have no actual evidence that I can offer up as proof of His existence. I simply accept Him with the same faith of my parents and generations that came before me.
I believe that I can feel His presence around me from time to time. Yet, I cannot explain the (how) and (why) I believe it’s Him.
I just know that my life seems fuller and richer because of my faith in God Almighty through my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
This is the faith I have chosen… albeit; I know its blind faith.