Man’s Inate Desire To Worship

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I just heard someone say that God or gods are man-made. There is a desire in man to explain the existence of man. Thus the need for god(s).  So, they tell me this is the reason they don’t believe in God. God is an invention of men?

I think that statement is to shallow. If people have concluded that God is man-made;  especially after study of the religions of the world and phycology. We still need to go deeper. My question is  “If God is man-made then why is it that man have a need to worship.

This is not a Christian invention. Upon examining the cultures around the world we find that most, if not all of them, worship a deity of some kind. To call the desire for worship in man ignorance is not a sufficient  explanation. The Egyptians had their deities. They built one of the seven wonders of the world, the pyramids. The Mayans gave us the principles of math, the accurate measurement of time and the calendar.    

Rather than argue with people about the existence of God. I would ask the question, “Why”? Why is it that man on the planet has a desire to worship a deity? Is this a spiritual innate trait of man or is this just the product of his environment. If so, then why is it in man throughout the world has a desire to worship a deity?

With man’s innate desire to worship we have to look at man. Is man looking at God because he is created this way. The compounding problem is that man is also created with a free will and is able to choose if he will worship God or not.  Now put that on the table. We have to realize that deities come in various forms so we can choose. Greed and materialism is described as idolatry. Now that is a clear definition of man making a god out of money. Again, I ask, “Why”?

Why is it that man has a desire to worship? It is ingrained in man. He was created this way and looks to find the Father (the originator of all things).

Yes, I believe in the Judeo-Christian God Creator of all things and Jesus Christ the only begotten Son of God. I am spiritually drawn to Him and that is my calling and choice… My answer and confession is based on the answer of the question.

2 Responses to “Man’s Inate Desire To Worship”

  1. Marjorie Morrison Says:

    I believe mankind is born to worship something or something. Thus all the idols and religions. However, is their a Scripture passage that says men were born to worship?

  2. Lupe Says:

    No not directly. However the first sign of the worship of God is in Genesis 4. This is the account of Cain and Able. They both presented offerings to God on an alter. The story does not say that this was a learned practice. The only ones that they could have learned it from was Adam and Eve. This was a form of worship. The desire to connect with the God they once knew in the garden. For the boys this was their only connection, for Adam and Eve they knew the voice of God as he walked through garden.

    You are right in that man is born to worship and will fill that need with all kinds of things. I like what the Apostle Paul says “For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God;” 1 Thessalonians 1:9. To see one more response from Paul to people that worshiped false gods see
    Acts 14:1-19. We have to remind people that the only thing that fills that desire of worship is the worship of the true and living God.