I grew up in a Christian home and was brought up in the teachings from the Holy Bible.
I could choose to turn away from all of that, but why do I not?
I believe that there is a God. A God made up of not one, but three persons: The Father, The Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit.
1 "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."
-Genesis 1:1 KJV
I believe that the entire universe, was created by God, and not evolution, or any other theory that people, even the most intelligent, have come up with.
The verse above is all that is needed to prove that our very existence was created by God. (If you wish to read even more, please refer to the Bible, the first book, Genesis, would be a great place to begin. I'd suggest the New International Version (NIV), it's a bit easier to understand.)
Now why do I know that there is only one God, but three persons?
26 "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27 So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth." -Genesis 1:26-28 KJV
Notice the Bible says "(26) Let us create man in our own image..." The "us" and "our" is a direct reference to the three persons.
Several other verses reference the Holy Trinity, I will list a few more that may help you understand:
Old Testament; Genesis 1
New Testament; John 1:1, 1 Corinthians 8:6, 1 John 5:7-8
16 "For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether [they be] thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him:
17 And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist." -Colossions 1:16-17 KJV
So what is our purpose?
God created us for several reasons, and I believe that the main reason would be for His future plan to defeat Satan. (See Ephesians 6:10-18) He also created us to bring others to Christ, to help them stand up against Satan's lies. (See Ephesians 2:10)
I believe in Him because He is my all in all. I have chosen to accept the eternal gift for His purpose. I want to point people to eternal life. God has given all a choice between eternal life and death.
First of all, Christianity is the only religion that has made hundreds of detailed prophecies that have all come true. For instance, it was prophesied that Jesus would be nailed to a tree thousands of years before crucifixion was even invented. It was confirmed by numerous historians of that time (such as Josephus) that Jesus was indeed crucified.
Sometimes the argument is made that the Christian God is too discriminatory. But, the very fact that God out of his benevolence allows any of us sinful Humans into Heaven is an utter act of love.
The God of the Bible is the one and only true God.
Just the whole concept of Christianity...How everyone who doesn't believe in Jesus is damned to hell...I just find it very discriminatory. I thought religion was about accepting people? I thought God would be someone who loves everyone, no matter their gender, race, etc.?
That is why I am a Hindu.
I am a theist and agree with some of the core theologies in Christianity such as monotheism, however I cannot accept Christianity as I dislike the bias that it shows toward humanity; how god made man in his own image, how we have dominion over every other living thing, even the idea of heaven and of gods perfect wisdom and goodness are human ideas of what a perfect being would be - in fact any attribute that is assigned to god by men such as the aformentioned qualities contradict with the idea that god is unknowable - even with ‘revelation’ to man about gods existence; that is still categorically man knowing something which could not possibly be known or undestood. 'And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.' Many people use the Muslims 40 virgin heaven to show the same thing and Christianity is the same, pandering to the needs and desires of man; it’s just more subtle.
It does not make sense that there can only be one true God when every religion with holy writing states that their God is the one and only true God. Not all of these religions can be right, but they can all be wrong. How can any of them be right for that matter? It can't be right if what you have been taught will earn you one god's heaven and another god's hell.
Well, technically I don't believe in him. I believe he is a higher being and that he is the light of the world, but the story of creation is the thing about god I refuse to believe. Those creationists just need a sad excuse in life, but the theory of evolution is more correct than a seven day creation sob story.
I do not believe the idea of trinity is right. There should be only one god and he is Allah not YAHWEH or JOSHUA(what ever you call it). Jesus is only a messenger not the son of Allah. And he did not die on the cross. Please believe in Islam.
The book is fantastical and contradictory. The adherents are often duplicitous and corrupt.
The thing that really hit home for me was adam and eve, actually. The idea of an all knowing being not knowing what adam and eve would do in the garden of eden when faced with the tree of knowledge of good and evil makes no sense.
It makes even less sense for such a being to then punish his creations afterwards for doing that. Especially considering that, before they ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, they would not have known right from wrong.
Expand that to note the fact that this was also punishing all of the descendants, and having to kill Jesus (human sacrifice) was the only way to balance the scales just seems cruel and wrong for an all knowing, omni-benevolent being, who is supposedly all-powerful.
There was a time when I could take that as allegorical, the advance of humankind as a social species and all that, and the death of Christ as being the political move that woke up a large cross-section of the world to better teachings. But then I considered that a divinely inspired book would necessarily be a better explainer for these things. The lack of detail makes it not a viable option. Not the product of a divine, all powerful, all knowing being.
And the idea that such a being relies on us simply believing just seems like setting humankind up to fail, and punishing them because the evidence at hand is not good enough to make them believe. I didn't choose to believe. I was convinced. I didn't choose to stop believing. The evidence stacked up against religion.
Add to that the fact that I have since become a strong student of science. Science is observable, testable, and directly contradicts the accounts of the bible. Makes it feel like the whole thing is kind of silly.
I don't believe in God in the sense of how the Bible depicts Him, I believe in more of a deist God. The Biblical God condems arbritrary behavior such as homosexuality and imposes unfair codes of conduct via holy scripture; no sex before marriage, wives must submit to their husbands, have faith in Jesus Christ to enter Heaven, etc.