Why is it so difficult to believe in God?

I believe in God. As an adolescent and young man, I could not state in no unclear terms that I believed in God. After I got married and had children, I began to have a greater curiosity about God. Who was making the next move, I or God? What had happened? Was it a situation similar to that of the prodigal son who wandered around wasting his inheritance on base passions and luxuriousness until, in the end, he became aware of the vanity of all things? Was it destiny, a chemical reactionary change, some sublime wish for something more? God had certainly not made any moves.

We are taught that God is eternal, infinite. God works in mysterious ways and we can never know Him enough. We are capricious and have an end. Today, bread dipped in olive oil tastes very good. Tomorrow, olive oil-dipped bread might ruin your appetite, and even make you sick. I would perhaps, instead, prefer some salad. Others react rather in the same way. Today, we accept much of what should be discarded, and discard much of what should be embraced. Tomorrow, we might well wake up of a different opinion. Thousands of years’ experience of other people, warnings, encounters with and teachings about God are irrelevant for some in today’s world. Others view God as a hurdle, an obstacle; a spying eye in the skies which is simply waiting to see what happens on earth. And still others state that the whole idea of God is just a frivolous exercise and in vain. Can someone convince another of a view not shared or diametrically opposed to what one believes? Is it then that something called grace might be of help?

With good reason, people become circumspect about many of the external influences which they come across, and embrace contemporary ideologies which generally are in agreement with their life’s principles. Life has become so confused, and many are those who are confused with competing ideas and ideals. When these find themselves alone, the only logical conclusion that can be reached is to put aside completely the concern of facing God. Those theologies, sects and conflicting arguments, even amongst those who say they believe in God, leave us, us sincere individuals, confused and disgusted when we desire to know exactly what is good and just. Shame on those who are a means of disseminating inevitable scandals.

I believe in God. But do not for one moment think that I am happy with myself. But that is something of an inner and self consolation. My inner ‘self’ simply finds itself in the way. There is nothing wrong in being, at the same time, disgusted with myself and loving myself, with all my shortcomings, disasters and gross mistakes. I know that God knows me more than I know myself, and I know that every individual encounters the same confusion, problems and embarrassment like me, and, therefore, I love them too. God has taken care of the waste and pollution which we manage to collect and store. Jesus Christ is my only hope. I believed Him when he said and showed me that He loves me. I did nothing to merit His love, except for this important step, which in itself does not appear to be of any importance: I believed Him.

3 thoughts on “Why is it so difficult to believe in God?

  • Reply Ramon Casha 28th February 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Why is it so difficult to believe in fairies? Millions of children around the world do.

    The fact is that, in the past, gods were a great way to give an explanation to everything – from rainbows and lightning to the movement of the moon and planets. Essentially, you can devise a god to explain any phenomenon you choose.

    But it is human nature to keep looking, and learning, and we learned how rainbows are formed and what causes earthquakes or storms or volcanoes. Gods went from being convenient way to explain anything, to beings that explain nothing but require far more explanations themselves.

    Nowadays, the question one should be asking is, Why do some people still believe in God?

  • Reply martin bruno 28th February 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Faith is an experience shared by the overwhelming majority, though some would have us believe that it is merely a ‘minority’ issue, hence associating it with ‘some’ rather than the many: of course, while admitting the right to hold to one’s own personal opinion, it would be helpful if an element of objectivity is at least admitted, so that serious discussion is not hindered by one’s own subjective illusions.
    Mark’s article is informative and, perhaps more importantly, communicates a personal search that enlightens one’s own search.
    One’s persistence to encounter the Otherness (some might use the word G-d) is complex, because it envisages a discovering of the face that discloses itself slowly: a personal encounter with unforeseen consequences, not necessary welcomed, but simultaneously empowering the person to enter into the darkness, as John of the Cross would call it.
    With each step one also discovers things about oneself – a journey as complex as Abraham’s, where one’s own self understanding is enlightened, questioned, enriched, and thus, matured.
    But of course, at least if Sacred Scriptures are allowed a say, ultimately it’s love that is the key word to this unfolding journey. And love is a fragile affair, because it presumes that one exposes oneself to the other, unconditionally so.
    Thank you Mark Said.

  • Reply ken 1st March 2014 at 12:03 pm

    First of all, the title is misleading. The writer believes in God and never really challenges this belief. One comment sticks out: “Thousands of years’ experience of … encounters with and teachings about God are irrelevant for some in today’s world.” But the question is WHY are they irrelevant? Perhaps because the science, education and communications of that time were too basic in comparison with today. Likewise, the comment by Mr Bruno: ” Faith is an experience shared by the overwhelming majority”. Is that so surprising? Maltese kids are taken to Mass every day before school; is it any wonder that the “majority” have faith? If such intensive brainwashing had been given to the kiddies about atheism, the chances are they would NOT have faith – at least not in God – but perhaps a bit more in Man’s possibilities through science.The real question here is: how much should faith be based on blind adherence to never-challenged concepts? We unthinkingly accept so much without ever questioning. As such, instead of being homo SAPIENS, we become automatons, crossing ourselves before getting on the bus with the same unthinking superstition found in the most primitive of civilizations. Why would anyone consider that the “knowledge” from 2 centuries ago – with almost no concept of the physics, biology, chemistry, relativity, evolution etc. that we now have – could be more “enlightened” than that of modern-day Man? Can they not see that the same incomplete knowledge of the time produced “creation theories” that were just as naïve and charming – and false – as that of the ancient Greeks with their panoply of Gods and Goddesses?

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