I think on the surface it is somewhat easy to believe a God is necessary, so the question for most is who is this supposed God? Children raised with their holy books, tend to stay with those holy books and believe that version of this supposed God. Usually as teens, most theists question everything, including their religious beliefs as...
I think on the surface it is somewhat easy to believe a God is necessary, so the question for most is who is this supposed God? Children raised with their holy books, tend to stay with those holy books and believe that version of this supposed God. Usually as teens, most theists question everything, including their religious beliefs as they seek the independence of adulthood. This is usually the point were some leave their religious beliefs behind or develop their own reasoning as to why to continue with their religious beliefs. Sometimes this includes switching holy books/religions because they still believe in some sort of God but believe certain holy books inadequate in explaining the true nature of God that they perceive to be true. When it comes to believing it is the God of the bible, it boils down to people who actually read the bible and find it compellingly true or most of the time people just believing the gossip that the bible is true. For those who actually read the bible, for christians the belief in their God is already established, so the reading is not so much to validate whether the bible is actually 100% true but rather to learn how their God ticks so when a magical event occurs, they never bother to wonder if the writers invented this magical power of God to explain an otherwise natural event. For example, where Lot's wife turns into a pillar of salt for looking back at the town that God was destroying. The region is known for pillars of salt, did one of these pillars resemble a woman and then the story was invented? Even if the christian is smart enough to think at this level, they choose to ignore the more plausible natural explanation over letting the magical scenario slide. There are certainly enough of truths in the bible, as well as enough generalizations to allow a person to convince themselves that the bible is the valid Word of God. Things like scholars of religions who study many holy books and not being swayed into christianity never crosses a christian's mind and for christians who figure it out and leave christianity, well the excuse is they were never real christians and didn't have a real understanding. So in a nutshell, christianity is like a good lie, it has all the makings of appearing to be true at the superficial level of reasoning, but if you think any deeper, the cracks begin to reveal themselves.