During my soul searching activity, I looked into myself to understand why people believe in God. After talking to several people, inside my soul (yes, I am turning in to a baba soon), my understanding is that, most people who has reasonable intelligence do not believe in God, the way God is portrayed. They don’t believe someone literally build this earth, they don’t believe someone is always watching from above, they don’t believe there is literally a place called heaven and hell, and so on.
Then why do people “believe” in God? For the context, let’s leave out the people who really really believe in God as explained above. Based on the people I talked to (during my soul searching), below are the survey results.
Start the drum roll….
Number 10: I get scared in the night if I don’t wear a taweez.
Number 9: My business runs based on me believing in God (My business is to show God in a milk bowl)
Number 8: I like sweets and celebrations during the religious festivals. If I don’t believe in God, I may be asked to leave the celebrations
Number 7. It is a routine. I wouldn’t know what to do if I don’t go to a church on the Sundays
Number 6: I don’t want people saying “what’s wrong with you”. I rather pretend that I believe God, and be social. I get to go to religious parties with my friends
Number 5. Just in case, what if there is really a God, and he sends me to hell for not believing in him?
Number 4. If I don’t believe in God, my children will not believe in God. I must pass on the tradition to my kids
Number 3: My life is way too important for me to just die. This can’t end like this, so there must be something else
Number 2: I don’t understand science, so I chose to believe God.
And the NUMBER 1 reason people believe in God is….
Number 1: If I don’t believe in my god, my religion will be wiped out by the other religion, and the other religious will force all the crazy stuff on me.
To explain the #1 a little bit, people are ok to leave their God as long as same proportionate number of people (preferably more) also leave their God (they should do a God promise that they are really leaving their God).
I am sure there are other reasons too. Please post them below if you know of any such.