Question of God
The Question of God, by Armand Nicholi Jr., is a fascinating book that forced me to process, analyze, and question my current beliefs of my Divine Creator. Using the powerful Sigmund Freud and prominent C.S. Lewis as the spokesmen for both sides of the debate, Nicholi was able to present strong, influential arguments for believers and non-believers. With this approach, readers are able to evaluate and strengthen their belief without being pushed one way or the other. I, as a reader, was strengthened by the book and movie because I learned the reason behind why I believed that Sigmund Freud is wrong and C.S. Lewis is right. The Question of God reinforced my understanding that believing in God ought to make a difference in the way a person lives, increased my comprehension that people who believe in God are happier than those who do not, and raised thoughts on how my upbringing impacted my belief in God.
Having a belief in God undoubtedly should impact the way a person lives their life. Believing that humans were created by a divine God for a divine reason should completely affect a person’s purpose, drive, and motivation for life. C.S. Lewis explains that having a Christian worldview influences how we perceive ourselves, how we relate to each other, how we adjust to adversity, our destiny, values, ethics, morals, and our view on universal order and life meaning (7). It changes our cultural instinct form living for ourselves, pursuing riches, power, and fame, to living for our God and His people. Without a belief in God, people learn to live by the standards that were set forth by their parents, friends, and culture. Before I came to know Christ on a personal level, my reasoning for the actions I took were shaped by the teachings of those around me. There was no standard of how to live that I knew of. However, with a somewhat recent change in beliefs, I now attempt to live by the standards set forth in the Bible, following God’s teachings as...
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