I took a different path. Being raised in a conservative, poor, coal miner family, I was taught about God by both parents. When I began to examine for myself, I was encouraged by my father to prove my belief system for myself, and to not depend upon him for my beliefs. I began a search which has taken years, and am fully confident that there is a God who created all things, and that Jesus did exist, and is my Savior. If we do not prove such matters to ourselves, we are only imitators, where there is no self assurance, nor personal confidence in what we choose to base our lives upon.