Why Believing in God doesn’t make you dumb…
Some people might believe that those who believe in God are not intelligent beings, whereas those who believe in God might think non-believers simply haven’t opened their heart to the possibility that there is a God. What wins? The heart or the mind? Logically we know they operate independently and interdependently of each other, so should we separate the experiences or should we learn to co-depend on both experiences.
1. You live in a God Believing Society
For many, in not only the Western World but also the Eastern World, the concept of God is a big deal. The idea of God has been moulded to fit our specific society to what it has become today, with over thousands of years of growth, it has reached this point where the God that is in the bible originally is not the same God that is taught about today. But people do not know this, because they are taught to fear a world without God in it.
2. Your relationship with God is based on Emotional Experience
For you, your relationship with God is an emotional one. You go to him when you are sad, stressed or struggling, and you wholeheartedly believe that he is going to help you in your time of need. If God doesn’t help you immediately, you simply put it down to his timing. If God doesn’t help you at all, you simply put it down as his will. You respond to him with love, because you believe that is what he deserves, because of every other time in your life he has pulled through for you.
3. Nearly Everyone You Know Believes in God, Even those who aren’t Christian
This is kind of linked to the first point, but an expansion of it. If a collective group of people believe in the same thing, and it is a worldwide belief system then there must be some truth to it. If millions and billions of people believe in the same God that you do, then it has to be true.
4. The Preacher at the Pulpit says that God Created Everything, and We have to Trust Him because He is Getting Paid to Preach the Biblical Message to Us
The Preacher at the Pulpit preaches from the Holy Bible. The Holy Bible is the book you base your whole life around. You have tried reading other books, but nothing compares to the Holy Book. Anyone who has studied the bible but doesn’t believe in God is not exposed to it truly like you. Furthermore, because you believe that the bible is the truth, you believe every word in the bible is the truth as well, and every verse is God-Inspired. So who are you to question it?
There is a biblical verse which goes as follows:
“The hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshippers will worship the father in spirit and truth, for the father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth” -John 4:23-24
There is also a biblical verse that says that Jesus himself is the “truth” (John 14:6), so, therefore, you do not have to go looking for any other truth.
5. The Apologists Argue that there IS a God!
There are many well-educated men and woman apologists out there, that say they study the bible objectively. But can you really be an apologist and study the bible objectively without first having an agenda to learn and expose its truth? Therefore the Apologist must be right, because they expose the truth of the Bible to the Believer so that the Believer may know the Whole Truth, and we must believe the Apologist because they are of high academic intelligence.
6. You’re Not a Christian But You Just Feel that There is a God
This one is self-explanatory and doesn’t need expansion, however, you do not have to be a Christian to believe in God, therefore it stands, anyone who has experienced a feeling that they believe to be God, then it must be God because they cannot explain it.
7. God has Supernaturally assisted You and Your Environment
There have been times when without question, something has happened to you, that you knew was from God; Protection from a potential threat, Getting under cover before it rains, being healed by prayer, finding the person you love, being free from addiction. You cannot explain it, but if it were not for God’s help, circumstances might be different.
I know, these are not really convincing points, I get it. But just because I now hold the belief that there is no God/s, that doesn’t mean I have become more intelligent than someone who believes in God. It just means that I applied logic to my belief system instead of emotion. I chose the voice of reason, instead of the voice of opinion. I chose to view the hard evidence, the facts, and once I started applying logic to my belief system, that is when it all made sense. Everything that I had to learn through my BTh Degree, everything I had researched myself, and everything that I had experienced in a Christian Environment, revealed to me that the only logical truth is, that the Bible is man-made. But for those who believe in God, it doesn’t mean that they are unintelligent, and maybe they will never know the truth their whole lives, but it does mean that they will never know unless they open their minds. Your heart brain is not in your chest, your heart brain is in the same place your logic brain is in… your head. The two have to work interdependently, not separately. But for those who choose to believe in God, I do not think you are unintelligent, I just don’t think you give yourself enough credit because your beliefs tell you to give all the credit to God.