No matter what you accept regarding your own personal religious beliefs, you have to accept that just from the sheer weight of evidence that mankind as a whole is a religious animal. Thousands of years of recorded human history show the infallible proof that man has always had a belief that there exists a power that is greater than himself or at the very least a force for good in this universe. From the Greek and Romans to the American Indians and the aborigines of Australia or whatever remote jungle tribe you choose, all the way back to the days of the caveman, mankind has always had a religion in some form. If there ever was an indigenous tribe of avowed atheist, they would by far be in the minority.
While those who do not believe in the God of the Christian’s try to use the differences in these religions as an argument against a God of any sort, I rather believe that it points to God rather than away.
Imagine for a minute a man who has lost his way and is stranded alone in the desert with no provisions of any type. Very quickly he will realize that his body requires a routine intake of both water and food. He also realizes from the burning sensation on his skin that he needs to find a shelter of some sort. While these desires do not in any way conclude that he will get these things that he wants, the desires in themselves do prove several things. First of all we can conclude by nothing more than sheer observation that he comes from a race of beings that replenish their bodies by means of ingesting both food and water. When he is denied these items his body begins to shut down and no longer functions as it was intended to. The man becomes very distraught and anxious to have these things. Obtaining these items as quickly as possible becomes essential for his survival.
But it also proves another interesting fact. It does prove that he comes from a place where these things are obtainable, and from the rapidity in which his body begins to malfunction we can also assume that he comes from a place where these things are in relative abundance.
I believe that mankind’s overall desire for religion does at least point to the idea that we came from God. And in a feeble and very imperfect way mankind is attempting to get back to that place from which he came. He hears the call of that voice that he doesn’t know. He feels within his heart a melody that he has never heard. His wavering attempts at religion, in whatever way he has concluded that this should be attempted does at least point to the fact that imbedded deep with the human psyche there is something else there. Something that tells him there is more, More than just the physical world around him. More than just what we can prove by empirical evidence. Evidence that points to the fact that man is more than simply a collection of molecules and atoms that just randomly happened to form in this particular way. Deep within the heart of man there is an “Echo of Glory.”