Why is it so hard for people to believe there's a God?
If we were just a product of science, an illusion or even created by our own existentialist minds then why should we even consider that there may be a God? Where could this idea have come from and what component of our assumed selves would be questioning its existence?
People saw and experienced God. If Adam and Eve could see us now I think they’d be baffled at the way people debate over God’s existence, they’d be like er… we had lunch with him yesterday, what’re you on about he might not exist?!
Someone once said (yup, no idea who) "if Jesus didn't exist, I'd worship the man who created him". Jesus' character is incredible. His answers to the questions people asked him, his speeches and teachings and his perfection. The very doctrine of his death and resurrection which fits so aptly to the need for redemption. And his humble beginnings through a virgin birth which explains so much of his character and nature. How could anyone ever concoct such a coherent and undisprovable explanation of a higher being? I don't believe human beings have the capacity to produce such things from their own minds. Otherwise there would be a new religion every week, started by another philosopher who thinks of another possible God. That's why Jesus is so unbelievable in the first place and where our requirement for faith comes from- if he was conceived through a human mind then he would fit nicely into the human mind box and there'd be no need to doubt him. The fact Jesus is external to our minds explains in itself why our minds cannot comprehend him.
Language, Geography, Maths, Science etc. Where from and why? In the sense of their complexity and composition. How can whole equations and theories be derived from nothing? There's an obvious need for a creator. Think Paley's watch (or perhaps for some 'google' Paley's watch.)
Following on from that are the qualities we have. The bible says we are "made in God's image". I find it sensible to assume our creativity comes from a creator, our ability to love comes from the God of love (1 John 4:16: "God is love"), our ability to care comes from the Counsellor (Isaiah 9:6), and our existence comes from the Life (John 14:6). The list goes on and on. Which leads to a possibly fair assumption that if God is eternal (Deuteronomy 33:27) then we also should have the capacity to be eternal. Something which science cannot offer as it is subject to it's own laws which certainly don't allow for eternity. (Laws of thermodynamics- take the 2nd law, we're losing energy therefore our universe is finite) nice site about it here: http://www.physicsplanet.com/articles/three-laws-of-thermodynamics).
Why do we have a sense of right and wrong? It's a debated subject but as we're aside from the complex debates let's just consider it for a moment, why do we feel some things are just plain wrong? There must be some moral standard we are falling short of. Leading on from that, why is anything considered good? Where does goodness come from and more to the point, how can anything be universally good? It doesn't make sense to presume that nothing motivates our morals.
This leads onto our need for justice. Without eternal judgement, we face many injustices (think how people can feel when a criminal commits suicide and so avoids a life prison sentence). Without Jesus, where is the atonement we intrinsically feel the need for?
If we are unspiritual beings, where does our capacity to worship come from?
Our existence. Why are we here, what's our purpose and why should we have to suffer if we are only here for the sake of reproduction? Why would a scientific system involve suffering. Or is that an illusion? But then why would we create our own suffering? Instead of disproving God, suffering seems to be much more likely if there is a God. This is explained particularly well in the book by Stephen Gaukroger called It Makes Sense.
Prayer. Why do prayers get answered, why do we see healings? If it's a result of positive thinking then where's this positivity coming from? A chemical reaction? Our minds? But do our mind even exist or are we purely physical. Where's the line between physical and mental? Spiritual?
Is it really possible that the majority of the world's population (lumping together all theists there) are deluded? And if they are, what is the 'truth' to which they are being deluded of? As we cannot apply our own perceptions to a universal truth. So what is the truth we are being deluded of? A non- existent God? But if it doesn't exist then that's not a truth, it's nothing. So we are being deluded of nothingness. Maybe science is the external truth of which we are deluded from. But what about the changing of scientific theories? It can't be a truth if it isn't true for all people at all times. Or were they all deluded too and it's only the modern man who believes in the big bang who isn't deluded.
The sustainability of the bible. How has it lasted so long and spread so far. A power behind it?
A great trump card for religion (not faith as Dawkins suggests, a quote I love: "sooner or later Christians pull out the trump card of faith" serious lols but that's a whole other can of worms) anyway, a great trump card is the fact it has not (and potentially even cannot) be disproved. The greatest minds, the most modern technology and the most intelligent theories cannot rule of the possibility of God. In fact some have made the possibility stronger and many even rely of the assumption of the existence of a higher being in order to cohere. Surely if God didn't exist we would have figured it out by now. To be fair we've had at the very least 6000 years to figure it out and hundreds of millions of minds to ponder over it.
And finally if all sense of reason fails, isn't it just a safer bet to assume there is a God (i.e. Pascal's wager).
And that ^^^, is why I cannot understand why people have such a hard time getting their minds around the possibility of a God. That is, assuming we actually have a mind.
I'd like to point out that I'm fully aware that there are counter arguments to all of the points I've made, some of which I've mentioned, but I've deliberately chosen to put across a biased opinion as I'm not really looking for a debate, I'm just pointing out why from one point of view it's easy to see that God exists. Just thought I'd point that out so it doesn't come across that I'm in my own little intolerant world of fantasy. :P On that note, I've read the counter arguments, I've listened to Dawkins and I've debated with many an atheist yet I'm still more swayed by the pro-God arguments. I wonder why that could be...