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Many people in the world today say that they believe in gods or a god or the one God. There are different possible explanations for this. The fact that many people are taught that god or gods exist from an early age is certainly part of the explanation of why many people believe in some sort of god.
It is a matter of fact that people, if they are religious,
are most likely to believe in the religion that they were taught as
a child. That ought to make them wonder whether their belief really
is in an existent god or more a matter of following the local custom,
tradition and rituals. But some people are brought up in such a way
that they are prevented from questioning such matters.
Others feel – often mistakenly – that their lives would lack meaning if there were no divine plan. They may think that they ‘need’ to believe in a god to get through the struggle of living. But just because people feel the need for gods or God, or hope that there are gods or a God, or have been brought up to believe in gods or God, that does not mean that any gods exist.
What we may want to be so, or hope to be so, is not made so by our wanting it or hoping for it. This should not lead to despair. Meaning and purpose exist within our lives and our interactions with each other and do not need any reference to gods.
The fact that this humanist conviction is not as widely promoted as are the many different religions, may be an additional reason why belief in gods remains so popular.