Why Believe?

“Why would anyone believe in God?” Or for that matter, “Why would anyone not believe in God. “I prefer keeping in mind even the possibility that existence has its own reason for being.”

Such were the conversations between the old preacher and his grandson. His son did not follow in his steps and had left the church at an early age. Grandson Charlie, now a university student, decided to challenge Grandpa’s long held faith.

“Why do you believe such nonsense, Grandpa,” he asked. “You can’t begin to prove any of it.”

“Well, son, take a look at that daffodil blooming in the sunshine. Do you know anyone who could make a living breathing flower that is as wonderfully complicated as that?” “Some say it all just happened over time, but I believe the God of creation brought everything into existence for a reason.

Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Today at d’verse, we are writing Prosery. This is where we are giving a line from a poem and asked to write a story of exactly144 words that includes that line. Merril gave us this line: “I prefer keeping in mind even the possibility that existence has its own reason for being.” from polish poet Wislawa Szymborska’s poem, “Possibilities”  

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48 thoughts on “Why Believe?

  1. Beautiful use of the prompt, {{{Dwight}}} … Happy springtime to you! The daffodil are doing their best to peek out here. Only God can make a flower as beautiful as the variety of blossoms we see in “Springtime in the Rockies!”

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  2. I love this story, Dwight. And you’ve worked the line in so very well. Ah yes….I remember, for example, being truly awestruck when I stood on the edge of the Grand Canyon many years ago. I looked at that “creation” – its magnificence and beauty and strength and just thought, how could someone not believe in God, or some kind of a ‘greater power’ when you see something like this?

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  3. I agree wholeheartedly with JanBeek 💝 You have portrayed wonderfully a conversation that continues to take place in many many households around the world. Some believe while others are skeptical. I for one, would like to pose just one question: “If not God, then how?” 🙂

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  4. Humans are small potatoes compared to God. The mistake humans make is to try to fashion God in their image with their rules. I love the idea of you having a conversation like that with your grandson. Nicely done, Dwight.

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  5. Absolutely Dwight. There things so wondrous that we humans can only stand in awe. What one calls it, or how one explains it, does not change the fact that it is a wonder beyond our human comprehension. It’s awesome!

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  6. Dwight, I didn’t write prosery fiction this time because the line resonated with me so strongly, but if I had done so – I think I would have taken an approach similar to yours – this is precisely the kind of scene and the kind of relationship between people that the line makes me think of. You wrote it beautifully.


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    • Thank you David! Yes, it took me there right away. This kind of conversation happens among young and old, and helps define what we believe. I remember this kind of discussion with my father when I was a teenager. Thank you for your thoughtful comment!

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  7. I think that people who are convinced themselves there is no God have closed their minds to this kind of possibility. All that this achieves is making gods out of ourselves and I really think we are not the pinnacle of all creation.

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