Religious Education (Edexcel) - Believing in God

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Agnosticism - not being sure whether God exists or not.

Athiesm - the belief that God does not exist.

Conversion - when your life is changed by giving yourself to God.

Numinous - the feeling of the presence of something greater than yourself.

Prayer - a way of contacting God, usually through words.

Free Will - the idea that humans have the right to make their own decisions.

Miracle - something which breaks the laws of science and makes you think only God could have done it.

Moral Evil - things done by humans to cause pain and suffering.

Natural Evil - things which cause pain and suffering which have nothing to go with humans.

Omnipotent - the belief that God is all powerful.

Omniscient - the belief that God knows everything that has happened and everything that is going to happen.

Omni-benevolent - the belief that God is all loving.

How may a religious upbringing lead to a person believing in God?

  • going to church - worshipping God becomes natural
  • going to a church school - learning more about the faith
  • praying before bed or before meals - could have prayers replied to 
  • celebrating religious festivals - come to believe these are true

Religious experiences

  • numinous - the feeling of being overwhelmed like this can lead to spiritual emotion and a connection with God.
  • conversion - conversion usually follows a life changing event that convinces an individual that there must be a God.
  • prayer - if God replies to a prayer then the individual can be sure that God exists.
  • miracles - they have no other explanation than the cause being God, so…


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