Stephen King: 'Religion is a Dangerous Tool...But I Choose to Believe God Exists'
Carrie DedrickReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2014 Oct 30
In an interview with Rolling Stone, King compared the novel to his own experiences; King said he grew up in the Methodist church, but doubted organized religion since childhood. “Once I got through high school, that was it for me,” he said.
According to King, organized religion is “a very dangerous tool that’s been misused by a lot of people.”
Yet King still says that he believes in God “because it makes things better. You have a meditation point, a source of strength.” He continued, “I choose to believe that God exists, and therefore I can say, ‘God, I can’t do this by myself. Help me not to take a drink today. Help me not to take a drug today.’ And that works fine for me.”
King believes “in evil” as well, but has spent years trying to determine if evil is inside humans or if “there is a force in the world that really wants to destroy us, from the inside out, individually and collectively.”
Although, King said, “The older I get, the less I think there’s some sort of outside devilish influence; it comes from people.”
Publication date: October 30, 2014