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Why do people believe in God in the first place?

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ElDynamite Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not talking about the religious nuts who can't think for themselves.
I'm talking about the people who have logical sense and reason.

Before we even discuss all the contradictions of God, why don't we ask first, "Where is the evidence?"
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DanceAndMakeRomance Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
I have no proof God exists, though my skepticism is the result no just on science, but a general question- Why does bad things happen? If there is a God, he must either not care or is twisted. But yeah, I see no proof, and if there is a God, I don't really give a damn. I live for myself first, and that isn't a bad thing. I like many of the teachings of religious figures; basically just be a good person. I think thats reasonable enough. I have friends who are devout and others who aren't. I shrug and say, "God is neither provable or applicable to me".
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Kinoc-Kun Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
With no God, there would be no universe. Do you honestly believe that the entirety of the galaxies just randomly popped up one day with no cause? Even physics tells us all matter has to come from somewhere.
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Smkiller Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist
"Do you honestly believe that the entirety of the galaxies just randomly popped up one day with no cause?"

I can't think of any credible person who has ever claimed that there was "no cause".
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RestInMotion Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
The same reason people don't like Jews. Because something happened they couldn't explain so they made up stories in order to make themselves feel smarter.
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Ferres Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
It's a reassuring concept. Like the idea of Santa Clause to young children.
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ArifMajid Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
where is the evidence that the universe create itself
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Rhichter Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Natural course of biopsychosocial evolution. If you carefully examine the chemistry of the human brain, its neurology and its composition and organic compounds you'll find its a finely tuned puzzle solving construction with an intrinsic, instinctual risk vs reward system. When you understand this, you can apply such a system and its boundary and conditional parameters to the behavior of any animal. In this case, human beings. What you then find is that this system functions best when given a long space of time to take action. Which is where DNA comes into play. Humans that were genetically predisposed towards creativity, art, the mastery of language, ascendant curiosity and engineering prowess were also, almost always, paired with the desire to explain the things they were doing and with what they were using. Be it fire, observation of rain, comets, the stars, the sun, the moon or disease, the desire for war, the passion of love and the wonders of the world or any large number of things. Over time that essentially manifests into tales, stories and legends or fables about such events. And from there, you don't need much prodding to figure out exactly where organized religions come from. The justifications for their stories were very simple, the primitive humans. They relied on gods, spirits and mysterious creatures to lend warrant to their stories. With ridiculous claims come authority. And as we grow more technologically, socially and intellectually complex, we also string along this now very, very hyperactive justification/puzzle solving system. And when we're confronted with things we don't understand, and our brains won't allow us, we reject reality and substitute it with fantasy. That fantasy of course is now intertwined with reality in such a way that we must express logicality beyond our means to lend it merit. The bible is an excellent allusion to the religions that came before it, and comprised it.

That fantasy is ultimately religion. Or gods, as you would. Ways to explain the things we didn't understand. Now used to explain away the things we are not capable of knowing and using that ignorance as further warrant.

God is dead in the minds of modern humanity. Only the lingering idiocies remain.
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WiffleBall Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
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Ryse95 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
it's not fortuitousness that the god is expressed in Human form, only god that exist is the god inside all people.This is the only belief i have.
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maltese101 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Student General Artist
When you've been told about god and his love and blah blah other stories of the likes since before you were even born, it's kind of hard to ask that question.
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stipend Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013   General Artist
it gives some people comfort knowing they'll see friends and family again in the afterlife.
that's one aspect that's particularly cruel about our mortality, it robs us of our loved ones eventually.
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lyteside Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Do you think love is more powerful than death? Other way around?
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stipend Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013   General Artist
i believe death is final, so it's important to live life and love. :)
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AnimeFreak986 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Some of us just need something to believe in and theres nothing wrong with that. Theres no rhyme or reason jisy to set our minds at ease, something for comfort. Thats all. :)
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Lumdrop Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I know it's gonna sound terribly unintelligent to say this, but I believe in God because life seems more interesting that way.
I'm sorry that's just the way I feel about the issue ^^;
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EternalJedi Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Religion was a way of answering what science either could not at the time, or science wasn't even around to do it.

Take the Greek Pantheon. Thunderclouds were Zeus, earthquakes were caused by Poseidon, rainbows were a means of communication between the gods, the Sun was a chariot being driven across the sky.
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macker33 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Because God told them to.
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Saeter Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Or to be more precise men told other men that God told them to.
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macker33 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
you know this how? divine inspiration?
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Saeter Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
That just what they said.
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macker33 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
So why should i believe you over them? at least they have God on their side.
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Saeter Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Again only because they say so.
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macker33 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
So why should i accept your word over theirs?
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Saeter Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
First of all I don't make positive claims to which I have no evidence.
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Toadsanime Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
The belief in a higher God-like being, to me, is not a totally ridiculous belief. It seems like an unnecessity to me, but it's a respectable belief.

The belief in a higher God-like being based on some form of written books, passed-on legends etc. is utterly ridiculous to me.

The concept of a God is reasonable, but not the concept of religion. At least I think that's what I mean.
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Razzl3erry Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I believe in God because I think something has to have created everything, and I think that a God makes sense.

Even if I'm wrong, I would rather believe in heaven than believe in nothing at all.
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Razzl3erry Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, believe that nothing happens in the afterlife, I mean. I don't mean to say that non-religious people don't believe in anything.
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poseidonsimons Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
For many reasons.
One is that, this is what they were tought by their parents and never bothered to check the facts
another reason, is that believing someone is looking out for you is a great relief and helps deal with pain
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FruitsOfHarvest Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Student General Artist
It's as other say "faith". Some people need it to cling on in life. The proof isn't always necessarily there for everyone to see, it comes to individuals that think about it or ask out loud to nothing.

This is my own proof that was for myself as strange as it may be it was the proof I needed.

In 2005 or 2006 My dog went missing. After a day or so of looking I decided to try and pray to see what happens, "Dear lord this is my chance to see if your truly real, please give me a sign of where my dog Pepper is." The next morning my mother was driving me to school when we saw a pack of wild dogs. She pulled over and asked me to yell out the window to see if one of them was Pepper, as I yelled I had a strange urge to look down. Directly below me was a dead Coyote, poor thing must have died the night before. After a day of school and hanging out with a friend my mom came to get me informing me she found Pepper. She was hit by a car and left on the side of the rode much like the coyote.

I don't really care if all that was a coinsidence or not, that was my own proof to myself. And nobody say God would never do that, who knows what he'd do. I think he has a sense of humor and blunt when need be.
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EclipseMind Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Student General Artist
Was Pepper okay?
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FruitsOfHarvest Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Student General Artist
... no. She died.
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EclipseMind Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh. That is... not good.
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FruitsOfHarvest Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Student General Artist
I'm honestly not sure how to reply to you.
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EclipseMind Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Student General Artist
You don't need to.
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TimeHasAnEnd Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist
The existence of God cannot be proved or disproved. The Bible says that we must accept by "FAITH" the fact that God exists.

"And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him"...Hebrews 11:6."

If God so desired, He could simply appear and prove to the whole world that He exists. But if He did that, there would be no need for faith.

"Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed... John 20:29."

That does not mean, however, that there is no evidence of God's existence. The Bible states:

"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world...Psalm 19:1-4."

Looking at the stars, understanding the vastness of the universe, observing the wonders of nature, seeing the beauty of a sunset—all of these things point to a Creator God.

If these were not enough, there is also evidence of God in our own hearts. In the book of (Ecclesiastes 3:11) tells us, "He has also set eternity in the hearts of men." Deep within us is the recognition that there is something beyond this life and someone beyond this world. We can deny this knowledge intellectually, but God's presence in us and all around us is still obvious.

Despite this, the Bible warns that some will still deny God's existence: "The fool says in his heart, "There is no God" (Psalm 14:1). Since the vast majority of people throughout history, in all cultures, in all civilizations, and on all continents believe in the existence of some kind of God, there must be something or someone causing this belief.
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Mich0000 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
its so good to find sisters and bros on here! hey whats up! preach brother preach! = D
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ElDynamite Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why are you assuming that the Bible is right?
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EclipseMind Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Student General Artist
The Bible(s) can be right.
Yet they can be wrong. Old Hebrew texts say that Lucifer was an angel sent to divide the good from the bad through temptation.
How do we know which is right?
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Smkiller Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist
Because the bible says that it is!
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RestInMotion Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Ignorance and a wanting for questions to be answered regardless of the answer.
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Elidy Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Because they are taught to from a young age, it becomes ingrained in them like their first language. It is something they cannot shake easily, or sometimes at all.
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TimeHasAnEnd Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist
For some scientists, atheism is a matter of faith, not of evidence. Hungarian biologist "George Klein" wrote to a Christian colleague, "I am indeed an atheist." My attitude is not based on science, but rather on "Faith", just as you have your faith. The absence of a creator, the nonexistence of God is my childhood faith, my adult belief, unshakable and holy. So, therefore, no one can shake me so easily.
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Elidy Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't quite tell if you are trying to agree with me, argue with me, or if you even understood what I said.

If the first option: (i assume you understood my meaning) yay! that's great.

If the second option: (i assume you understood my meaning) meh. i don't want to argue.

If the third option: (my guess is that you thought i was trying to justify my faith) a) i am an atheist. b) my atheism is based on a lack of evidence for the existence of a god (i was raised in a religious home) c) sorry if i was unclear.
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Mich0000 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*peeks in* sorry i really was done i just wanted to leave this here...
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there perfect! theres my opinon. all my cards are on the table. your move.

okie bye for now <3
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Mich0000 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ehh ill just tell ya = )

jeremiah (which was a book of fantastic and unbelievable prophecy BEFORE JESUS so basically the people saying this stuff were pretty much believed to be total crack pots ) 31:37 New international version (NIV)

"this is what the Lord says 'only if the heavens above can be MEASURED and the the foundations of the earth be SEARCHED out will i reject all the descendants of israel because of all they have done' declares the Lord"

this is the creator of a crazy messed up world full of hate and death and people who need to know that they are loved. and hes saying I LOVE YOU HOW YOU ARE RIGHT NOW.I DO WANT WHATS BEST FOR YOU.BUT MAINLY I WANT YOU.and he says thatonly if these things which we have proved SCIENTIFICALLY IMPOSSIBLE will he ever reject us.

i used to be a horrible vigilante who rejected science as 'devil worship' and all that junk. but then i found this verse and it reached me. and suddenly i wanted to know more about science so i could learn more about being who aparently loves science too and reads all of our new discoveries and pins them on his frigdeand says 'those are my kid's they found that out allby themselves! well i might have helped a little bit but MAN am i poud of them'

and i like a God like that..

internet rants have never changed a persons mind EVER.but this is too importnat to me to not tell you = ) its so niceto see some one ACTUALLY courious about our God and willing to talk reason about it!

ok thats all for now <3
love, your sister in christ
p.s.i would LOVE to talk more about any questions or misconceptions you have i always like having friends with diffrent opinions then me = )
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ElDynamite Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My question is, why are you assuming that the Bible is right in the first place?
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Mich0000 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
beacuase if that dusty big fat ole book is right, then some one loves me. no matter what. and if its true . and i do believe it is. then this world wasent a mistake . it was made for a resaon. and that means that we are not mistakes and that we can have lives full of things more precious then money of cars or houses or fame. we can those super cliche things like love and joy and hate and sorrow. and as chessy as it is. those are the things that make this stupid crazy fantastic world worth it. = )
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Mich0000 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sorry read your comment wrong let me try again!
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Mich0000 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah just for the sake of THIS pretned the bible is historical fact = )
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Mich0000 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*meekly raises hand*
even though im sure you can find a million holes in my logic and will send me crying to my bible for comfort but ill share what i have found and maybe you will be able to hear it.. or read it.. or whatever happens over the internet??
okie so first off.SCIENCE!
is it true that

ONE:it is IMMPOSSIBLE for a human to PHISACALLY (did i spell that right?) be in the center of the earth?

and TWO:the universe is CONSTANTLY EXPANDING and growing bigger and bigger each day according to the laws of entrophy that came into effect when the big bang happened? (God said "bang" and it happened)

only if you understand these two bits of human discovered science can i continue with my heart felt and emotional rant = )
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