Why do people believe a 2000-year-old book that says there is a God?
Most people tend to follow the religion of their parents, whatever that religion is. So, people with Christian parents have usually become Christians and believe a Bible that was written in more primitive times, although more and more young people are now moving away from religious belief.
=== === === === * It's by faith and if you don't believe in this kind of thing then each individual has a right to their own belief system or none at all. Faith comes by hearing the word of God; Romans 10:17 === === == == === === === === * Read it like a history book or an anthropological study, and you will see that the events can be extra Biblically corroborated. Beyond that you can get a glimpse of what God is like and how he raises His children. There are so many passages in the Bible that, when you read them, you'll see that no 'man' would present a religion this way. There are so many complexities and depths that cut across time and culture.
=== === * The answer to your question is in the question itself. The word is believe. Believe can exist with faith alone. It does not require proof or facts. So, why do people believe? Because it's comforting, it takes away the vexation of thinking, it gives hope, because it promises to give them what they want, etc and these enticement is the basis of all religions, cults, sects.
=== === * I believe in the King James Version of the Bible because the Holy Spirit laid it upon men's hearts what to write and what to say. If you do not ask Jesus to come into your heart and believe the Holy Bible you are going to die and go to hell. That is just the way it is. God does not change His Word to satisfy Man. === === * Although we have better technology and ways of life than people that lived 2000 years ago, they were still as human as we are today. Their intelligence level was the same as today. I believe in God because he first loved me, not because he divinely inspired people to write the Bible. === === * People believe in the Bible because God is real. Since the creation of the world his invisible attributes are clearly seen. Look at the trees, all the beautiful creatures in the sea, the stars, the moon the sun. Deep in our heart we know that the Father above is real. Everyone has an opportunity to come to the Father. When and if we do accept the Father and trust his son Jesus as our Savior, and we ask him to come into our life, he will confirm for us without a doubt that he is real. His promise is "knock and the door will be opened," "ask and you shall receive," "seek and you will find." He is a gentleman and he will not storm right in, he has to be invited. Jesus said: 'I am THE way, THE truth and THE life. NOBODY comes to the father, EXCEPT through ME.' John 14:6 === === * One could argue that it is an evolutionary adaptation of the human psyche to believe in God to avoid depression while maintaining man's critical thinking abilities. It's quite ingenious, from a survival standpoint. === === * If you take the time to read it then you will come to realize that much of what is in the Bible has already come true and there is more to come yet! === === * Look around you for the answer. Can you not see the beauty of everything. The way that everything has been designed and created. How carefully everything has been colored. Can you imagine what the sky would be like if it was green? And if the grass was red, how sore it would be on our eyes? Surely you cannot say that the world and all its beauty was made with just a 'Big Bang.' * 'At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue confess that Jesus Christ IS Lord, to the glory of God the Father.' Philippians 2:4 Jesus said: 'I am THE way, THE truth and THE life. NOBODY comes to the father, EXCEPT through ME.' John 14:6 === === * It's not the 2000 year old Bible that makes me think that there's a God. It is the Bible that confirms His presence, which I personally have been aware of my whole life. I did not grow up in a spiritual family, but was very aware of what I refer to as the 'God Space' in every one's heart. There is a space, I believe, that nothing else can even remotely fill or satisfy, except for God. God is truly loving and merciful and gracious, yet man continues to corrupt his imagine in many ways. === === * I believe in the Bible because it states many scientific facts before they were "discovered" by men. For example: Bible date /Science date/ Gap The earth is a sphere. 1000 B.C. /1500 A.D./ 2500 Isaiah 40:22 Stars make sound. 2000 B.C. /2000 A.D./ 4000; Job 38:7 Earth rotates on its axis. 2000 B.C. /1550 A.D./ 3550; Job 38:12, and14; Luke 17:31,34; Blood sustains life. 1500 B.C. /1800 A.D./ 3300; Leviticus 17:11 This is only a little bit of the information the Bible contains. The Bible has been around for a long time. It can be proven. Some of these facts were talked about in the Bible centuries before they were discovered scientifically. How could men back in 30 A.D. know all that stuff? That is the thing - they didn't. That is why I believe the Bible and only the Bible. Everything else I grade by what the Bible says. * If there is not a God, how do you explain people who suddenly are cured of life threatening illnesses or injuries? How do you explain Luciano Italy where in the early 700s a monk was celebrating Mass and the bread and wine turned into body and blood. In 1975, scientists from all over the world (believers and non-believers) converged on the monastery in Luciano to perform tests on this body and blood, because it is still there on the alter untainted. They discovered the blood was AB+ and the body was human heart. Explain with science how that works? === === * We do the same thing with history textbooks. People read a history book and say that they know for sure that George Washington existed. How do we know? Because of journals that historians have found. The Bible is the same. === === * Our soul is made up of both a physical and spiritual component. When a person dies, their spirit leaves the physical body and goes to a place to await the resurrection of the physical body when the spirit and the body are again reunited. People of the world understand the physical aspects of the human soul, but too many have very little understanding of the spiritual aspects. God speaks to people through a process called personal revelation (spirit-to-spirit communication). When one reads or encounters things that are of God, such as scripture, if one is in tune with the spirit, God can reveal to one's spirit, matters related to truth. When people prayerfully study what God has revealed to His children (us) through His prophets, He speaks to our spirit through a member of the Godhead called the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost is a spirit that can speak to our spirit. Like a radio, however, we have to be in tune spiritually before we are able to receive spiritual guidance. Those who have faith in God and His Son Jesus Christ can receive personal revelation regarding spiritual matters. If we feel we are not receiving spiritual guidance in our lives, it is because we are not in tune spiritually, and like a radio out of tune, we will not receive personal revelation that teaches us truth. This is why some people who read the scriptures recognize them to be from God, and others think they are uninspired. It has everything to do with our spiritual attitude. Those who are humble and teachable will have the Holy Spirit testify to their spirit that the scriptures are inspired by God. Those out of tune spiritually might as well be reading the newspaper because they will feel nothing. One gets in tune through exercising faith, praying to God, and reading the words of God. == == * Because that is what faith is about - believing without seeing. This Bible is a message from God to those who believe in him and we cherish the Bible because the word of God cleanses our minds and keeps our heads up. He is our Creator (for those who believe in him)and we need to believe in something besides just life and death.We need to know what happened 2000 years ago and how it affected our lives. I believe in God and his word and don't need to see him to believe in him.because I have faith. With faith, I believe without having to see because that is what faith is. * Because it's not just a book - it's your life. It's all by faith, which means trusting someone though you don't know them. So we believe because everything in that book happened or will happen.
The fact of the matter is most events in the Bible can be proven. Why is there fossils of fish found in some mountains: a world wide cataclysmic flood.
More and more scientists have come to admit that in order for life to exist there had to of been something that at least started it all, created it all, something that has always been.
You ask why do people believe in a 2000 year old book?
The answers are simple. When reading the Bible (assuming that's the book your talking about and i believe a safe assumption) you get a glimpse of who God is, the one who created Heaven and Earth. You see what a Loving and great God and Abba (father) he really is. People are touched by this love and cant get enough of it.
My second answer to this is well the book is old, and a direct descendant to Judaism which is the oldest recorded religion on the face of the planet. Therefore, going at it in a secular perspective (but best to believe through faith not facts. you cant work your way to heaven), the most reliable source except the Jewish Bible, and the Bible actually contains the Tora.
(KJV) 2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
God inspired man to write the bible.
Cant work your way to heaven
(NIV) Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith---and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--- not by works, so that no one can boast.
Believe through faith not facts you cant work your way to heaven.
Romans 8:38-39 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
God loves you, accept him and ask Jesus into your heart and he will never leave you.
He will never leave you.
(NIV) Deuteronomy 31:8 The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged."
He will never leave you. * Read The Case For Christ by Lee Strobel with Jane Vogel ______________________________________________________________________
* Most believe in a 2000 year old book because they were raised to believe in it. * Others believe in it because they have previously been vehemently opposed to it, but come to understand that the alleged inerrancies and contradictions have readily explainable meanings in context or have been blown out of all proportion. They find it is not necessary to leave your intellect behind in order to believe and that faith is not blind. For those interested in thorough explorations of this topic, read More Than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell and The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel. Both authors set out attempting to disprove the Bible and ended up coming to believe it.