There are loads of unanswered questions in the world. Whether a life form lives in another planet, extinction of humankind, being able to predict Earth’s remaining time… However, there is one question that is answered by every each person but couldn’t be proven: The existence of God. “God” is a moral belief which could be defined as ‘believing a superior existence and directing our life with its guidance’. There are different forms of God since there are different forms of faith but the most common one is monotheistic religion.
However, thousands of years ago, this wasn’t the case. People believed in many gods rather than believing in one. One of the most spread polytheistic belief was, without a doubt, the Greek Myth. Hundreds of people worshipped their gods and believed in them. So what happened to this widespread belief? How can a whole civilization’s faith change? “Greek mythology is the body of stories belonging to the ancient Greeks, concerning their gods and heroes, the nature of the world and their own cult and ritual practices” (wikipedia).
Ancient Greeks believed in Zeus; the lord of the sky, Poseidon; the lord of the sea, Hades; the lord of the underworld and other gods that controlled significant parts of our lives. In the 21st Century, however, no women believe that there is a God which takes care of their body and beauty because instead of worshipping their god, they are paying millions to their moisturizers. No meteorology expert believe that there is a god out there that makes it rain because other wise, they wouldn’t spend their hours to predict the weather.
Why doesn’t anybody believe in these anymore? It’s simply because we proved that the Greek Myth is wrong. People know that it rains when warm air turns the water from rivers, lakes and oceans into water vapor that rises into the air. They form clouds and as the clouds rise higher and higher, the air gets colder which makes clouds too heavy and fall to the ground as rain, or snow (The StartSpot Mediaworks, Inc. ). This is the reason why ancient Greeks believed in these gods. They just couldn’t prove that it’s wrong. Now, people believe in one God.
One God which created us and the universe, one God that doesn’t interfere our daily lives, and whom we shall be with after death. The definition is full of things humankind can’t explain, yet. Though there are prophets, holy books and stories to prove God, there are also great thinkers, bestselling books and theories to disprove it. The most important theory which disproves that God creates humans is Evolution Theory. “The Theory of Evolution normally describes the gradual change in species of plants and animals, starting with a very primitive single-celled life form, and ending — at least currently — with human beings.
Humans and higher apes are believed to have had a common ancestor. ” (Kee, 45) This theory has been embraced by loads of people and these people can’t just say that they believe in God because believing means accepting the whole terms without changing it for your benefits. In some schools, people are so against this theory that it is not even taught. Such attitudes show that believers think reason and faith can’t combine together because it brings a whole new point of view to religion. Being curious is in human’s nature.
Since the beginning of the humankind, they have always questioned the things around them. When they couldn’t find an answer, they thought that it was done by something they couldn’t even thought of. As time passed and they found the explanation, there seemed no reason to think the way they did before. More explanations bring more questions. Again with unanswered questions, a new belief is born. This will go on and on. So why do people believe in these even though they know the vicious circle? Humans are curious. They just can’t live without an answer to those questions.
Therefore, it is possible to say that reason and faith are not entirely separate things. One causes the other, just like a vicious circle.
Works Cited H. C. Kee, et al, “The Cambridge Companion to the Bible”, Cambridge University Press, New York, NY, (1997), Page 45 to 46 www. starspot. com www. wikipedia. com.