• Question: how does people know god is real????

    Asked by lionalmessi to Anil, Blanka, Cees, Emma, Mike on 27 Jun 2012. This question was also asked by jacob983, whharryandyaseer.
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      Michael Cook answered on 27 Jun 2012:

      This is a hard question! For lots of religions, faith is a very important idea. Faith means believing in something even if you can’t prove that it’s true. So I think lots of religious believers would say that they don’t need to know for sure if god is real – they just have faith that he is.

      That’s why, sometimes, scientists get into arguments with religious believers. Scientists believe the opposite of faith – that unless you have proof that something is true, you can’t know for sure.

      But not everyone follows what I said above! I know lots of scientists that believe in god, and I know lots of religious people who are very scientific indeed. There’s room for everyone, I hope!

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      Blanka Sengerova answered on 27 Jun 2012:

      Well, some people believe there is a god and many others believe there isn’t one. I think it’s important to be tolerant of other people’s view, which I am. But as I do not believe in a god I have to say that people DON’T know he/she is real… What do you think?

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      Emma Trantham answered on 27 Jun 2012:

      Sometimes I think there is a god – or at least something out there, but I don’t *know* that he/she/it is real.

      No one has really proved (in a way that scientists tend to think of as proof) that there is a god but plenty of believers will tell you that they have had proof in their own lives that god is real.

      I tend to think as long as people’s beliefs aren’t harming anyone, we shouldn’t try to tell people what to believe.