Before looking at the main question this brief booklet seeks to answer, which is: “Is there a true religion?” it is necessary to consider the source of such a religion, if it should exist. Therefore, assuming that we seek divine religion rather than a manmade one, the first question to be answered is: “Is there a God?” The variety and complexity of the intricate systems which constitute the fabric of both human beings and the world in which they exist indicate that there must have been a Supreme Being who created them. Design indicates a designer.
When human beings notice footprints on a beach, they immediately conclude that human feet left those impressions in the sand some time recently, even though they did not see it occur. People would not normally imagine that the waves from the sea settled in the sand and coincidentally produced depressions looking exactly like human footprints.
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Therefore, it is both illogical and unreasonable to claim that God does not exist. Throughout the ages, however, there has been a minority among humans who have denied the existence of God. In their opinion, matter is eternal, and humankind is merely a chance product of accidental combinations of its elements. Consequently, the question “Is there a true religion?” is completely irrelevant to them simply because there was no God to create it. And according to them, there is absolutely no purpose for existence since everything is a product of one big cosmic accident. Nevertheless, the vast majority of humankind over the ages has believed and continues to believe in the existence of a Supreme Being who created this world for a purpose. For those of intelligence it was and still is important to know about the Creator, the purpose for which He created human beings, and the religion in which this is correctly taught.
Despite the relatively recent spread of atheistic beliefs in capitalist and communist countries, statistics continue to show that most people believe in God. Reader’s Digest recently reported a survey that was conducted in no less than fourteen countries in Europe in regard to their belief in God. The findings show that seven out of every ten Europeans believe in the existence of God. They found that 97% of the people of Poland, formerly a communist country, affirmed His existence. Surprisingly, the people of Russia, the birthplace of Communism, reported that 87% of their population believes that God exists. Furthermore, contrary to popular belief, according to polls surveying scientists specializing in astronomy, geology, and other natural sciences, it was revealed that the majority of scientists acknowledge the existence of the Creator.
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