Must Everyone Believe In God?

Through millennia, religions and beliefs have steadily evolved.  There are people who believe in religion and there are others who simply do not. Among those who believe in religion, there are various categories that worship different deities. Some worship tangible objects and living things, while others worship ‘supernatural’ powers which can only be felt but not seen. In all cases, humans naturally tend to have something they hold dear and worship. They believe in the existence of some higher powers. As diverse as humans beliefs are, must all human beings believe in God? And must they all believe in one God? 


Psalms 14

No One Can Ignore the LORD

1 Only a fool would say,

“There is no God!”

People like that are worthless;

they are heartless and cruel

and never do right.

2From heaven the LORD

looks down to see

if anyone is wise enough

to search for him.

3But all of them are corrupt;

no one does right.

4Won't you evil people learn?

You refuse to pray,

and you gobble up

the LORD's people.

5But you will be frightened,

because God is on the side

of every good person.


“There shall be no compulsion in [acceptance of] the religion. The right course has become clear from the wrong. So whoever disbelieves in Taghut and believes in Allah has grasped the most trustworthy handhold with no break in it. And Allah is Hearing and Knowing.” Qur’an 2:256
“And had your Lord willed, those on earth would have believed - all of them entirely. Then, [O Muhammad], would you compel the people in order that they become believers?” Qur’an 10:99
“So if they argue with you, say, "I have submitted myself to Allah [in Islam], and [so have] those who follow me." And say to those who were given the Scripture and [to] the unlearned, "Have you submitted yourselves?" And if they submit [in Islam], they are rightly guided; but if they turn away - then upon you is only the [duty of] notification. And Allah is Seeing of [His] servants.” Qur’an 3:20
“Not upon the Messenger is [responsibility] except [for] notification. And Allah knows whatever you reveal and whatever you conceal.” Qur’an 5:99