Does God Exist? – Part 6 The argument from need

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,


About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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