The necessity of believing in God

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Only fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, and their actions are evil; not one of them does good! The LORD looks down from heaven on the entire human race; He looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God.                   Psalm 14 : 1 – 2

Everyone has an outlook of life, a perspective or screen through which we see the world and interpret life.  So believing in God is optional and not a compulsion.  Hence the outcome of life lived is a product of what we believe.  Let us start from the viewpoint of not believing in God.  A life lived without believing in God gives a certain kind of freedom that results from lack of God-based-accountability. In this way, unbelief in God is like hot air balloon that has lost its grip of the holder.  If there is no God, then why so much argument to disprove that He is not there.  It should be natural to think believing in God is a lie but the contrary is true.

As long as we think everything in the context of God, it makes sense and weighs us down and makes us humble. But the moment we drop God behind our talk, we actually lose intellectually gravity and are liberated in a sense, up and high to the skies of unknown limits heading long in a direction of doom.  Hence, this is not a true liberation of intellect, but resembles the liberation of a balloon from the grip that rises up and up till it meets the air only to burst or be emptied resulting in the fall of fragments back to earth.  All attempts to disprove God from time immemorial have finished its course in the mode that can be summarized as “Emptiness”.

In fact, all human existence even in the best of its glories seems “Emptiness” without God.  The biblical Ecclesiastes is the true summary of this observation by the wise king Solomon. That’s why even the believers’ attempt to live a life without pleasing God directly is all in vain.  We are always tempted to please us than to please God; grab glory for self than give it to God and this is the root for Atheistic thought.  It takes the form of greed and intellectual selfishness to reason out reason devoid of humility.  Sooner or later, Atheists find the inadequacy of such reason to reason out further without true cause of glory and delimit God’s status to his creation and say everything comes by nature.  They fail to understand the simple connection between suffering and glory because they cannot comprehend the fact that God also suffered for His creation. In this regard, it is preposterous to ask such a question as to why there is suffering in this world if God exists. So defeat, loss, pain do not symbolize traditional victory defined by human mind.  We crave what we do not have, and since men are born to die they crave for true life. Since humans are rooted in death, pain and suffering, they aspire ways to come out of it and this kick starts their over ambitious behavior to defy God, who is the author of life and glory.  So it becomes a necessity to believe in a life-giving-personal God to receive life and a contrary belief will only undermine our efforts to survive.  Even if a person is tortured to death for his belief in God, he still dies with hope. But you do the same for an atheist, he will simply lie that he believes in God to escape pain and justify his behavior as survival of the fittest.  So you see, you cannot trust an atheist who deliberately chooses to lie circumstantially and probably cannot trust even his prior statement that there is no God.  True hope lives, defies death and sprouts only by belief in God. History has proved it time and again with Christian martyrs.  The more that people die for their faith, the more the faith spreads. Highest standards of morality and humanistic virtue cannot be practiced without faith in God. A sample of highest virtue is giving your life for your friend, which contracts the fundamental assumption of atheism, the survival of the fittest because survival instinct basically leads to selfishness.

Further, your ability to create is limited to your human intellectual capacity.  Alzheimer’s disease has proved that even men who are considered as giants of creativity loose completely their ability to reason by virtue of neuronal deterioration.  So if you want life forever more believe in God and you will become what you believe, since God is eternal, you will also march towards eternity and imbibe the divine nature of God in Jesus.

Prince R Prabhu

Dr. Prince Prabhu works as a faculty member at the Teaching and Research Centre for Biotechnology, Anna University. He is an able Bible teacher, gifted in expositing the Scriptures with an apologetic edge. He also serves as an Elder in King of Glory Sanctuary. Conversant in both English and Tamil, he teaches in the El-Bethel Bible College learning Centres established all over India.