First let me be clear, the argument from need is not a proof that God exists but it does answer one question that has vexed atheist forever, why does religion persist? All societies throughout history and even into pre-history have believed in some form of God or gods. Even Communism could not eradicate religion from its borders. People have a need for believing in a transcendent being. We need to believe in something beyond this life and we need to believe that life has meaning.
Every human need has something to fulfill that need. There is food to satisfy the need to eat. Water satisfies thirst. We have each other to satisfy our need for companionship. Our need to procreate is satisfied by sex. As humans we find many outlets for our need to play. All these are powerful needs and it seems that the need for God is equally powerful.
That some people suppress the need for God is no different than people suppressing other needs and drives. People take vows of celibacy and suppress their sexual drive. Other chose to live lives as hermits suppressing the need for companionship. Many fast and suppress the need to eat, if only for a short time. Suppressing a need or denying a need does not do away with that need.
Some will argue that religion was invented and is not instinctive and was invented either to control others or out of ignorance to explain the world around us. That does not explain why religion is universal. Nor does it explain why belief in God continues in the West where science has come to explain so much about nature. We no longer need God to explain thunder. Lighting, flood and droughts or hurricanes and tornadoes, still the majority of people in Western countries still believe in God.
People need God because only God can answer the why questions that we have asked over the centuries. These are questions that science can never answer. Why are we here? Why does the universe exist rather than noting? What is the meaning of life? What happens when we die? Where does our feeling of self come from? What is the mind? All these questions and more cannot be solved by science. There is no experiment that can show us why we are here or what is the meaning of life. Only God can supply these answers.
In my next post on the Does God Exist series I will try to wrap up this series before I move on to answer the question of why I went from a confirmed believer in the theory of evolution to a skeptic.
Have a blessed day,