Another problem can be that we lead busy lives. Some things we don't have time to spend investigating, whether that's buying something because a friend recommended it, or taking a certain route home because it's the way we've always done it. We can be like that with God and religion. We just go with what we were brought up with or what our friends believe, or what the BBC or figures in authority say.
Let’s put these problems aside and explore some of the reasons for believing in a power greater than ourselves. We want to help you realise that there is real evidence to support a belief in a God – even though we can’t see Him.
Assessing the evidence
A judge or jury looks at the evidence put before them. They then decide whether or not the accused is guilty. The more evidence presented, the more convinced the judge or jury are. One or two pieces of evidence may be coincidence. But if there are many pieces of evidence all pointing to the same conclusion, the evidence is compelling.
We should use a similar method when deciding whether we should believe in a God or not.
If there is no real evidence we are wasting our time.
If, however, there is evidence of a God who offers us a long-term future, we would be foolish not to consider it.
We will look at the evidence, both in the world around us pointing to a God, and in the message that claims to be from God.
Evidence of a God we can't see.
Observable facts in science
Wherever they look, scientists find that our world is made up of distinct animals and species.
There are no observable facts to support major development of species. This implies that a superhuman intelligence produced the different animals and species.