I have always found it amazing to hear reports of how various people groups who are living in isolated places in this world, all have a sense of right and wrong and some form of religion. What causes mankind to be religious? Who invented God?
Someone has defined religion as – “Any specific system of belief about deity, often involving rituals, a code of ethics, and a philosophy of life.” Many conclude that the fact that man has a need to have a god, helps to prove God’s existence. Though this may not be the strongest line of defense to prove the existence of God, it is worth consideration. Since the earliest days of mankind, humans have worshipped something. Some have worshipped the sun, moon and stars; while others have worshipped images made of gold and silver. Some religions, such as Greek mythology, have developed a very complex system of gods; while other religions such as Judaism and Christianity, have believed in only one God. Some have concluded that the reason men have developed what we call religion is because of a weakness in our makeup that requires us to have some sort of faith. In other words, religion is a crutch. Yet it also might be argued that this persistent need in mankind reveals something about us that is beyond what can be examined under a microscope.
According to the Bible, every man has within him the awareness of a supernatural being. The Bible says-
They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So, they have no excuse for not knowing God. (Romans 1:19-20)
The atheist might quickly respond, “But although various cultures worship ‘a’ god, they don’t all worship the ‘same’ god. Perhaps the inconsistency in their beliefs is evidence that there really isn’t a god and that men are only making all of this up in their mind.” Consider again what the Bible has to say.
Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles. So, God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. (Romans 1:21-24)
According to the Bible, mankind began with a full knowledge of the one true God. However, when sin entered into the human heart, it caused man’s understanding of God to become dark and confused. Groping in darkness, man then began to create a variety of gods to help satisfy his spiritual needs. One might think that over time this need for a god would have gone away; yet even today there is still a very strong desire to experience something spiritual.
The search for a supreme being has been a part of every culture throughout history. Even tribes of people who have been isolated from the rest of the world have developed some form of religion. Though many in our culture may claim to have become too intelligent to believe in God; many still search for something spiritual. Just a few years ago, when our country experienced the attacks of 9/11, signs stating ‘God Bless America’ went up everywhere. Even many who try to deny the existence of God, will sometimes say things like “you are in our prayers.” I have often wondered – “If there is no God, why mention prayer?”