I have a question for everyone. Simply put, how do you know that God exists? When I think about it, I realize that I could have been born into a part of the world where the dominant religion is not Christianity. Had that happened, I could have easily believed in a God from a different religion. That idea alone is probably enough to cause anyone to ask themselves why they believe what they believe. Obviously there is no definitive proof that God exists, and many fall back onto some of the Bible's passages on faith as a way to explain why they believe in something that we can't prove even exists; but for me that opens up a whole host of problems. If you're believing solely upon faith, then you could just as easily believe in anything. Believing in something without any reason or justification is just pure stupidity. I can choose to believe that the Earth is on the back of a turtle, but that doesn't make it right (and besides, we've already proven without doubt that the world is indeed not on the back of a turtle). As I've gotten older, I've started to think that maybe religions (Christianity included) are all about selling answers as opposed to encouraging people to ask questions and be naturally curious (i.e. don't bother thinking too much about existence. Here, take this book. ALL of the answers you'll ever need are right there, in those very pages). When you really think about it, contemplating issues of existence can be a scary thing. For example, how do you know that you're not living in a dream and that I am a part of your mind attempting to share some message with you? What if you're in a sort of coma right now? How would you know? Could you even know? What we're all part of an artificial intelligence simulation that had been developed some time ago by a far more advanced civilization? Could you prove that otherwise? What if there's just no God and we exist here because this planet, in this galaxy, in this universe, is able to support the type of life that exists here, right now? But instead of thinking about those issues, turning to what we know about the universe to find some explanation, or advancing our knowledge into these matters by pursuing research in physics, mathematics, cosmology, etc., many people flock to religion (this, in my opinion, is also a matter of social norms, family ties to particular denominations, the habits of social circles, etc). Religion takes away the uncertainty in the world, and instead gives its followers all the answers they'll need. Don't understand how God could condemn to hell a person who's never heard of him or a person who has heard of him but doesn't believe and lives a good life anyway? Simple. It's God's will. Don't see how that is "justice"? Doesn't matter. God's logic is far higher than yours and you aren't meant to understand it. It also amazes me that people who experience near death experiences and claim to have seen a "light" or ascended to heaven report the exact same things as people who claim to have "died" during a hallucinogenic trip or meditation--some of which are induced by the releasing of chemicals that occur naturally in our bodies. That seems to suggest that maybe those near death experiences aren't exactly evidence of any supernatural being--this God, or even another one. I guess what I'm trying to say, is that I'm curious as to why you believe in God. What compelling reason has convinced you that what you read in the Bible is absolute truth, the word of God, and that Christianity is somehow right while all of the other religions are wrong? And if you want to contribute to this discussion, please don't say "I believe because the Bible is the truth" or anything like that. I understand that people believe the Bible is the word of God; I'm looking for the reasons behind that belief. Thanks in advance to anyone who replies! Too long and didn't read: I want to know why you believe in Christianity's version of God.