Thanks for all your answers. I was wondering what kind of response I'd get. Interesting answers.
I was going to respond to each of you, but that looked like just a little bit too much work. Sorry! I'm a little bit lazy. Sue me.
I posted this because I really want to know how to believe in God. Sometimes I think life would be simpler for me if I just knew how to believe in God. All my family are big believers, and I'm not. Whenever they start talking about it, I have to just keep my mouth shut and wait it out until they move on to some other topic.
So I thought I'd ask.
How do you believe? I guess I'll never know.
It would be easier to give you advice if you stated how you think of God now. As probably nonexistent? As possibly existent? As some sort of incomprehensible force that may or may not exist?
Anyhow, sincere prayer is the best advice I can come up with, although it obviously requires some degree of belief to be sincere. Pray that God shall become a part of your life and that he shall reveal himself to you.
I've believed in God in one way or another for as long I can remember, however, for the most time my concept of God was some kind of supreme, omnipotent force that was the origin of everything, i.e., a very impersonal concept. Later, after quite a bit of reading and thinking, this changed to a belief in God as a benevolent and infinitely wise supreme being/intelligence/personality rather than an impersonal, omnipotent force. I still didn't perceive that a personal relation to God was possible, though. One day I came to read about the fatherhood of God, but I really couldn't understand what was meant. I just didn't understand how God could be Father, and if "he" was, in what sense. I then prayed that I would come to experience the reality of this, and not long after, it became more real to me than anything else. Until then, my belief in God was merely intellectual, no different from any other beliefs. But on that day, belief became Faith. All doubts were utterly wiped out, and I knew with absolute certitude that God, not only was real, but also was love itself and good itself.
The key, I believe, is a sincere desire to know God and be led by him.