“Bowing down in blind credulity as is my custom before mere authority in the tradition of the elders, superstitiously swallowing a story I could not test at the time by experiment of private judgement, I am firmly of the opinion that I was born on the 29th of May, 1874...
The story of my birth might be untrue. I might be the long-lost heir of the Holy Roman Empire, or an infant left by ruffians from Limehouse on a doorstep in Kensington to develop in later life a hideous criminal heredity.”
(G. K. Chesterton, Autobiography; House of Stratus, 2001)
How do you verify if God’s exists? Most people who had near death or out of the body experiences are champions of the divine. Comfortable people who had most of their needs met physically and intellectually are mostly champions of ...err...earthly stuff.
Truth is most of us are champions of themselves. We’ve always believed what we wanted to believe. The poor are led to believe a God will solve all their financial problems. All their efforts are to please that divine being in return for a measure of comfort. As it happens at times, when that level of wealth or comfort is reached, their interest in such deity cools off. Meanwhile the rich simply do not love to be accountable to anyone, especially when it comes to material things. So submission to any god who is going to demand more stuff than necessary is out of the question.
So what do we really believe? What humanity’s purpose on this earth? The truth is: I don’t know, neither have I met anyone who does. However what I do know is everything exists for the Creator of this earth’s pleasure. Riches, love, happiness, birth, death, earthquakes, floods, famine, disease...EVERYTHING exist for His purpose and His pleasure. This sounds callous and hard, but that is why God is referred to as, well...God; and if you are able to figure Him out at every turn maybe you are the one the world ought to worship.
Many are the purposes in a man's heart, And the counsel of Jehovah it standeth
Proverbs 19:21; Young's Literal Translation