Our Need to Believe
To be human is to believe. We were born with this inclination, and it will never leave us. Because of the curse of human nature, we more often settle for what is right in our eyes rather than what is right in God’s eyes. Believing in less than God requires no endeavor whatsoever — this is innately something we do without effort. Believing in God requires every part of ourselves — this is developed by means of realizing we cannot choose to believe in anything less than Him. Man places his trust in his greatest focus. So, since we are inherently prideful, our common tendency is to make ourselves that greatest focus, and although other people and things are variable as well, they are also visible, so our second tendency is to believe in them. But people, things, and we ourselves are changeable; therefore, we cannot maintain any sort of faith in them. This points toward the fact that we need something higher than anything of this world, including ourselves.
Atheism is the human belief that faith amounts to nothing. And just as with any faith, the atheist wants to prove this belief. But there is an apparent problem with this mentality. Believing in something requires faith, and therefore, just as aforementioned, faith must exist in everyone in some shape or form, and for man to believe that his faith will amount to nothing only instead proves man’s pride, which further proves his need to place that trust in something immovable and steadfast rather than something faltering and changeable. There is only One with such a resolute presence that can satisfy our longing to believe.
That’s where we must firmly place our pride behind us and admit to something higher than ourselves. Man cannot be satisfied in anything other than that which is ever-satisfying; he has no choice then but to make God his greatest focus and believe in Him, for without Him, he has nothing in the long run worth placing his trust in at all.
The atheist wants to be God; the Christian wants to be God’s.