A new 3 year study by a team at Oxford University called the Cognition, Religion and Theology Project revealed that believing in God is actually part of our wiring. They studied cultures from China to Poland and the United States to Micronesia and found that every culture, no matter how isolated or not, develops some system of belief in the afterlife. The project incorporated more than 40 different studies by dozens of researchers and found that each culture assigns some purpose for existence and life.

Clearly, there are many ways to look at this. Atheists would probably say, this doesn’t mean anything. We need to just grow out our our need to believe. While people of faith might say that this inclination serves God’s purpose–that He wired us to ‘look’ for Him.

One researcher commented:

It [faith] isn’t just a quirky interest of a few, it’s basic human nature. This shows that it’s much more universal, prevalent, and deep-rooted. It’s got to be reckoned with. You can’t just pretend it isn’t there.

I think this is very interesting. And yes, I believe there is an echo in all of us that draws us to believe. To me, there is obviously a spiritual element to life. It’s something I’ve long thought.

What say you?