Why Do People Believe in God?

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    Why do people believe in God? Is it because they grew up believing in him, or is it because they just want to believe in a higher power?
     
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    Yes to both.

    But of course, many of us who are believers don't think of God in the anthropomophic way you imagine we do, either.

    I SUSPECT there are a lot more believers who don't subscribe to any organized religion which claims it KNOWS the mind of GOD, than who do.

    We're just not knocking on your door trying to convert you athetists, so you imagine that all believers are the fruitcakes who think they understand God's grand plan, so your impression of believers is probably somewhat jaded by the radicals among us.
     
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    Do you really want to know or do you just want to draw out religious people for arguments? This has been done before by people on this board.
     
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    It gives me hope
     
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    Only those who have a personal relationship with God truly believe in Him.
     
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    Well, from a Reformed position, I believe in God because He made me believe in Him.
     
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    Random neurons misfiring and the fear of impending death/nonexistence.
     
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    Speaking for myself (an atheist), I understand that there are many sane, respectful believers out there. It is the small minority of radical believers who have the biggest mouths, unfortunately. The majority of believers are too busy minding their own business to be able to bother others with it.
     
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    You are going to have to do better than psychobabble that completely lacks any details.
    The question was why do you believe, not why are you a nutjob. You have no good reason to give so I understand your defensiveness.
     
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    Excellent point. I believe in God, or a greater power that very likely had a part in our being here. Do I believe that everything was created six or seven thousand years ago, and that we were created instantaneously from dust at that time? Uh, probably not....

    For many of us, it is very easy to believe. We, as a species, have only been exposed to advancing technology for a little over one-hundred years. In that time, we've learned enough to hypothesize a great deal. But do we really think we're that smart to know anything for certain?

    Hey, maybe we're wrong, and we are all just a chance happening and our only purpose is to exist here for the time we are here. In that case, we will eventually become extinct through one means or another, as a species. As individuals we will cease to exist upon our death. Believing or not in a higher power will not change that.

    For many of us, it's not a fear of death that leads us to our beliefs but rather the notion that there must be something more to our existence, a purpose greater than just existing here.
     

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