I believe in God

I recently read a very sensitive article on CNN’s ireport about a woman who has decided to raise her kids without religion. In her article, “Why I Raise My Children Without God,” this woman (under username “TXblue08″) lists several bold reasons for choosing to do so, and says she believes that with ”the next generation of kids (there is) a wave of young agnostics, atheists, free thinkers and humanists rising up through the ranks who will, hopefully, lower our nation’s religious fever.”

As I read through her reasoning, I couldn’t help but feel sad. First and foremost, I felt sad that she doesn’t believe there is a God. I felt sad that because of the tragedies and hardships that so many people face, she believes there couldn’t possibly be someone all-knowing and good that is over all.

I want to give some short thoughts on this, but am hesitant to quote scripture or modern-day prophets. My viewpoint is simply my own, from experiences I’ve had throughout my life as someone who has faith that God exists.

I was raised to believe in God. I was taught to believe he is there, he is always there, and he always will be there. I was taught to pray at a very young age and told that my Heavenly Father would hear me. I never thought of God as being “imaginary” like Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny. Through experiences I’ve had where my fervent and earnest prayers have been answered — and some when they haven’t — I came to trust and rely upon God, even though I haven’t talked to him face-to-face in this life.

In her article, TXblue08 says she thinks “God is not present. He is not here. Telling our children to love a person they cannot see, smell, touch or hear does not make sense. It means that we teach children to love an image, an image that lives only in their imaginations.”

I think a lot people have probably thought, at some point in their lives, the same things this woman thinks: Why doesn’t he seem present?

I don’t have the answers. This past year, especially, I have felt my spirit weighed down by all the terrible, horrible tragedies that have happened and found myself wondering both “how” and “why” many times.

This is what I think: There is a lot of evil in the world. You can see, hear and read about all of the darkness that exists daily.

Because I know that evil exits, and there has to be opposition in all things, I know that goodness must exist, also. And it does.

I have seen too many miracles happen in my life to dismiss them as mere coincidences or good luck or right timing.

I have traveled the world and met many different types of people. I’ve had the opportunity to learn about different ideas, religions and cultures. I’ve lived my life as a very active and religious person, and then as someone who didn’t have the opportunity to attend church every week for several months at a time.

For me, choosing to believe in God is something I feel will better my life and the life of my family. Having faith that there is a Father in Heaven who loves me and is watching out for me, even when bad things happen, gives me so much comfort and hope. And it feels right.

I believe in God. What do you believe?

10 comments

  1. Dave C.

    Nice post. What is sad is that that woman may never come to know that God lives because she is apparently not willing to humble herself and find out. The secular world finds it so difficult to believe in a supreme being for which there is no empirical evidence in the scientific sense. When you try to explain to them the certainty in a powerful spiritual experience they just don’t get it because they have never experienced such a thing. Miracles and spiritual experiences carry just as much weight, if not more, than empirical evidence (i.e., sight, touch, etc.).

  2. Anastacia

    So many forget that the five senses are only a portion of how we learn of truth and error. Love can’t be seen except by outward acts and very seldom do any of us have the means or words that can show its strengths or depths. Experience makes us wise, whether something happens to us or another, it changes hearts. Who we are deep inside is altered by our perception of the future and what we have learned to be truthful in the past. Choosing to believe or not believe is really a choice. There is always “proof” to me that love exists, and love is something soul deep between two intelligent entities that can never be seen or measured. I have felt God’s love in so many ways, by experiences that are choice and special. If love can’t be seen, only felt, then I am confident in its powers, far more, than any other so-called empirical evidences.

  3. Max

    What a wonderful law of nature! (1) There is opposition in all things. (2) The existence of evil proves the existence of good. Wow! Why is it that those who have succumbed to evil insist on denying the existence of good? Can it be that they must find a way to deny their guilt? Our problem in life is that, while absolute evil and good exist side by side, we live in a world of many, many shades of gray. Repentance is really replacing a darker shade of gray with a lighter one until we achieve the ultimate brilliance of goodness Our Father wishes to share with us: Perfect love and compassion.

  4. Jeff C.

    Hi Carmen,
    I sympathize with your feelings in this article. I know that talks about faith carry a lot of emotions around, but it’s an important conversation to have.

    To answer your final question, I don’t believe in the supernatural. Even if I did, and I was convinced that the god of the Bible was real, I would really struggle the cruelty and hardship that others experience. I think Sam Harris said it best:
    “Nine million children die every year before they reach the age of five. Picture an Asian tsunami of the sort we saw in 2004 that killed a quarter of a million people. One of those, every ten days, killing children only under five. That’s 24,000 children a day, a thousand an hour, 17 or so a minute. That means before I can get to the end of this sentence, some few children, very likely, will have died in terror and agony. Think of the parents of these children. Think of the fact that most of these men and women believe in God, and are praying at this moment for their children to be spared. And their prayers will not be answered… Any God who would allow children by the millions to suffer and die in this way, and their parents to grieve in this way, either can do nothing to help them, or doesn’t care to. He is therefore either impotent or evil.”

    It may be that you are right, or that I’m right, or that we’re both wrong (perhaps the Scientologists got it right :) ). Wherever the truth lies, I don’t think a comforting lie could ever be a suitable replacement. So the issue is not what makes us happy or sad. The issue is what we know, and how we know it.

    I also think this woman is justified in raising her children as she sees fit. If she cares for her children and teaches them to be kind, honest, and earnest, her stance on gods doesn’t bother me in the slightest.

    • Ovala T.

      @ Jeff C,

      When you put it that way, it’s easy to assume that God either doesn’t care or else is simply incapable of helping. However, we must remember that God’s ways are not our ways nor are his thoughts our thoughts. We don’t understand why he allows things like that to happen but we trust He alone knows what’s best for us because he can see the big picture better than we can. Who’s to say that God allowing those lives to be taken is not an act of mercy on his part to spare them from experiencing more pain and suffering in this life? I’m a believer and I trust that God always knows best!

  5. Kay Remington

    There is a God who has a son Jesus Christ. I would give my life in defense of this belief. The Book of Mormon is true – written by Joseph Smith through our Heavenly Father. If you would like, go to LDS.com and many questions will be answered of which will bring peace to your soul.

    • Ovala T.

      @Kay Remington,

      I believe as you do, except Joseph Smith didn’t write the BoM…he simply translated it through the Urim and Thummim deposited with the plates by the power of God. Joseph did not write one word of the Book of Mormon.

  6. Graciela Bretschneider

    I believe in God, because I see there is good in this world, and even with all the struggle that me (and everybody else) suffers in this world I see the good in my life also, I can’t denay God existence, so, I don’t want anybody to come to me and try to convince me to don’t believe in God, or to call me stupid for believing in Him. It makes me mad when people makes fun of my beliefs, and I think is a lack of respect. For this same reason is, that if someone, acording to the way they see things in life they decide that there is not God, and they teach their kids the same, I wouldn’t try to convince them about my opinion, or try to make fun of them, if they want to have a serious and respectful discussion about it, I would discuss the subject with them; if they don’t invite me to it, I’d just shut up and respect their opinion, and if they are good people anyway, kind and respectful, that’s the only thing I ask from other people, and I’d do the some for them. I don’t understand why people think that some idea is good for them, so they feel compelled to “make” me feel the same way. I don’t think that God said: go and spread the gospel, and then immediately he add: if they don’t want to listen or they don’t believe in it you go and pound it untill they believe it”, that’s ridiculous! and kind of sound like Satan’s plan. If we have a good life, and the gospel make us happy, good people, kind and Christ like, it might make people that doesn’t believe in God to try to know more about the gospel, if we are annoying people trying to push our religion and beliefs in others, we would make people to try to block anything related to our beliefs. As good Christians, we should be tolerant and respectful of other’s opinions, beliefs and ideas, even if they are totally opposite to ours.

  7. Brett McEachern

    It would be important for that woman to look her children in the eyes deeply and let them know that their lives don’t matter. To let them know that she cannot afford to love them because that is not a real emotion and leads only to sorrow at separation anyway. Maybe she can let them know that it really doesn’t matter that they achieve anything in life because it is all for nothing. It would be important to let them know as well, that this is how ” rational ” people think. Next time she disciplins them she needs to ask herself why she did that since there is nothing really right or wrong. She needs to think about what she wants out of her children when she corrects them. If it is to be decent humans, what is decent? Who made the standard of decency?

  8. MR MIKE

    (alright I took out my naughty words, so you should post this now unless your completely bias)
    Wait a minute.. Carmen, you believe in God?? And your LDS?? No way! I would never have guessed from narrow minded, condescendingly wholesome and myopic articles. Just like your bikini article, you insult them by saying you feel “sad” for them because they could’nt possibly be happy being an Athiest or on a totally different sexual level than yours. Yes you’ve traveled the world, but its not as if you’ve traveled conciousneess of thought and reason. You say you talk with people. But your already brain washed into rejecting all things that dont back up the LDS scripture. I feel sad for you too. Lose faith now!

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