Four Fascinating Reasons Why Ancient Cultures Firmly Believed in a Higher Power/God

Last Updated on October 14, 2022 by The Unbounded Thinker

My interest in discovering our true history enabled me to realize that many ancient cultures firmly believed in the existence of a Higher Power. African tribes, Arabians, Romans, and Greeks believed in the existence of a Supreme Being. They even prayed and offered sacrifices to this being because they believed it could influence their lives.

Some people claim that ancient cultures believed in the existence of a Supreme Being because they were dumb. However, many advanced ancient structures disprove this claim. These structures show that the ancients were highly intelligent.

For this reason, there must be other sensible reasons why the ancients believed in a Supreme Being. To discover these reasons, I studied ancient religions and I realized the following four fascinating reasons why they believed in the existence of a Higher Power.


Ancient cultures noticed intelligent design in all living things and believed a Supreme Being was responsible for this design. This belief made some tribes such as the Kenyan Akamba to refer to God as ‘The Cleaver’ or ‘The Maker’.

Ancient cultures never thought that creation could have appeared by chance. They knew a Higher Power must have created this world and they formed creation myths that attempted to explain how God designed the world.

2. Ancient Cultures Realized That They Couldn’t Control Several Things

Most ancient cultures believed in God after realizing that they had no power over several things. They realized that they could not control the sun, moon, stars, oceans and so on. They thus believed that a Higher Power controlled these things, and they offered sacrifices and prayed to it to make things work in their favor.

3.The God Instinct

Ancient cultures believed in a Supreme-Being because human beings are programmed to believe in a Supreme Being.

Neurotheologians argue that the anatomy of our brains predispose us to believe in a Higher Power. Rene Descartes believed The Creator placed the ‘belief in God’ in our minds.


Magic is defined as the use of supernatural powers to influence events.

Many ancient cultures practiced magic. Egyptians used magic to cure illnesses and protect themselves from evil entities, and Greeks used magic to attract love and make bad things to happen to others.

Such cultures believed that magic came from a Higher Power and for this reason, they believed in a God of magic. Egyptians believed Heka was the God of Magic while Greeks believed Hecate was the Goddess of magic and witchcraft.


Therefore, it’s completely wrong to think that illiteracy played a great role in making ancient cultures believe in a Higher Power because there are sensible reasons that explain the origin of this belief.


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  1. Love your sweet journey to that conclusion. Being a God believer it seems a no brainer. I do believe it is an instinct to want to do and be good. If in one man, in all men for we are alike. Very nice read this morning!