I do want to express my firm conviction that a person does have a right to believe what he wants to. Too many forces in this world wants to change that, and that brings nothing but harm.
How did I come to the conclusion that there is a creator? There are many aspects to that conclusion, but I'll just focus on one.. Science. Yes, science helped me tremendously to come to that conclusion.
First, being in the science classes way back in the school days, it was taught that life came about, from non-living material, solely by natural forces. It is a fact. The pages of the text made it clear. So, I thought, that should be a slam dunk, eh? But, being one who loves science, I started looking for data. It should be there in abundance since the texts I was reading made it so clear. I learned that there has been experimentation on that very matter. Tests being done for decades now. What has been the result? There isn't any empirical data to show that a living organism can come into being though natural forces. None. That explains why there are so many opinions as to how it all happened. So, I came to the conclusion that this "fact" is actually a belief.
Then, I came to notice that many aspects of our universe seems to be 'fine tuned' for life. Natural forces, such as the electromagnetic force, strong and weak atomic forces, for example, are 'just right.' If these forces were just the tiniest fraction of a percent stronger or weaker, life would be impossible. Even atoms would be impossible. That is just one example and I'm not going to bore you with more. There are a growing number of professionals in the fields of biology, micro-biology, physics, chemistry, astro-physics that are looking at their work and concluding that there is no way that it could have just happened.
Science is not a democracy. The point I'm making is that I realized that the origin of life comes down to beliefs. And if a person wants to believe that life came about only from natural forces, I will vigorously defend the right of that person to believe that. I also realize that it cannot be both ways. Either life, the universe and everything, yes, even the number 42, was created, or it came about solely by natural forces.
There is much, much more to my belief in a creator. I'd be happy to discuss it more, but am afraid I've either bored you enough or maybe made your blood pressure rise markedly! And I'm old enough to have become quite settled with myself, so if your opinion is that I'm an idiot, you might find that I just might agree and am fine with it!