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How to find faith if you really never had it?

Since I was younger, I never really had faith in religion, because I felt like everything was a lie and a hustle. When I go to church with my grandma, her preacher would pass around envelopes asking people for thousands of dollars, and she would feel because she couldn't give the church thousands of dollars. The preacher use to tell people if they did not pay their Tye's they would go to hell. And every other church I have been too after that, has just seemed crooked to me. That's why I never believed in religion. Period. I really did not believe in it because every single person I went to church with sinned almost daily. It was like they do whatever they want throughout the week, then ask for forgiveness on sundays. So to me religion was just a joke. I am not an atheist, but I guess I am agnostic. I kind of believe that I gave up religion without giving it a chance. But don't get me wrong, I've TRIED to believe in it. It just couldn't make myself do it. It just seemed like pure BS to me. I would rather read facts found by science than believe things in the bible. So how do I give religion a try, if I have troubles believing?

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Pray for it

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Peace be upon you tiara

I am a muslim who believes in the Oness of God and all of His prophets peace be upon them all. my friend have you looked at other religions besides Christianity ? May i quote you one of the hadith in Islam from Hadithi Qudsi. i rather let the book speak for itself. i wish this hadith will strenghen your morality and guide you to Islam.


"O son of Adam, as long as you call upon Me and put your hope in Me, I have forgiven you for what you have done and I do not mind. O son of Adam, if your sins were to reach the clouds of the sky and then you would seek My forgiveness, I would forgive you. O son of Adam, if you were to come to Me with sins that are close to filling the earth and then you would meet Me without ascribing any partners with Me, I would certainly bring to you forgiveness close to filling it."

in this hadith Allah gives hope to mankind more than any other narration or biblical citation. Allah calls out to His servants, a call of forgiveness, mercy, and compassion. For He knows that man was created weak and is prone to fall into sin. He says Call on me and I will respond to you.

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Well if your not committed to that religion one option is to change religion. Some people believe in many spirits for everything like for example Native Americans. You could be taoist or some other religion. Or you could choose similar religions. Catholic and Christian are similar.

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Sorry I have to disagree on the Catholic and Christians are similar. Catholics you have to go to confession to be forgiven. Christians you confess to God in the moment of silence. Catholic church when you get divorced you have to also get the church give you a annulment and it cost . why you have to do that because if you want to remarry in the catholic church that is the only way.
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I said similar not the same
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IMHO they are COMPLETELY different!! They promote Mary above God! I'm not gonna pray to Mary or the saints to go talk to Jesus for me an convince him to answer a certain request for me!! I have a relationship with god that allows me to go straight to him:-)
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Sorry don't take that personal...you may not even be catholic lol
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Try finding a more modern church that isn't as....strict? Not to be mean to that church, but you won't go to hell for something like that. A comfortable church is easy to settle in to. Is that an okay answer?

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T. I'm sorry you are in this struggle. My advice is for you to read your bible and develop your relationship with God through Jesus within the Holy spirit. it may take some time and I hope you journal and pray before you read so you can release all the confusion. If you haven't heard yet Satan is the author of confusion. A verse I'd like to give you is John 10:10. Hope it speaks to you. Again know you are in a struggle and it's great you are asking questions. We All struggle.

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I think, i think like you too. But here is what i think. Im just gonna live my life. Because i know in my heart whats right and whats wrong. And ppl who say your goin to hell dont learn how to accept ppls opinions. Wich in my mind WRONG! We are who we are. God is the one who made us like this and we have to live our life instead of figuring it out. When i die if i meet god wich i think i will becuz i believe in him im just not gonna spend my life worshiping him. Cuz he put out alot of wonders out there. Anyway when i meet him im not goin to hell becuz i spend my life wonderimg the world, living my life, havin a family im goin to heaven becuz i did nothin wrong. i say just live our lives plz. It dont matter what ppl say. Respect is wat they hv to do!! You cud hv faith when u want god is always with us always!

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I was Catholic and I felt I really didn't know anything about the bible so I ventured out and went to a Cristian church. I felt reborn I learned so much in bible study. We are never pressured to give money. I met good people a family we do fun things and people help each other. I feel that now God has guided me to a new calling. He has given me challenges but nothing that I could not handle. He has filled my plate some time that I thought I was at a buffet. I have a good profession and I worked a lot of different jobs, but it made me stronger and when leaving the jobs I knew why God sent me to work in a prison as a nurse, to nursing homes, it was because things were not done the way they should of been I made it better with others that felt like I did. I retired I thought but out of the blue I was asked to help 18-21 that do dumb stuff and end up in trouble i go to court with them when they don't need an attorney and guide them in the right directions. So I guess I'm not quite finished. Give it another try I will pray for guidance for you. Ask God for guidance and strength .

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Wow!! I like your testimony! Praise God for you
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From what I read of
your explanation, you do
Believe.

It's just that you say that
You find it hard to have Faith in
Christianity / The Bible. You
Right now find it easier to
Believe in something else like
Science... You Find it hard to
Trust Church People.

Let's
Get Down to the
Peanut Butter
& Jelly and Discover what The
Bible has to say on these two
Subjects ...


HOMEWork Assignment:

Read Romans, Chapter 10
At Least every Other Day,
Meditate On It in accordance
With Joshua 1:8.


If You Decide
To Accept This
Challenge, Read with an
OPEN Mind, Heart & Spirit.

Revelation Knowledge:
LET The WORD Do The Work!





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Faith and the simple belief in God has nothing to do with "religion". So - called "religion" is nothing more than than a forced man-made intrusion on an individuals ability to find God in their own way. Pay no attention.
to how others would like you to believe in our creator. You have received the wrong message from those who have found it to their benefit to "package" our God to their own benefit. Don't let them do it to you.
Your relationship with God is purely personal - and has absolutely nothing to do with anyone else but you. Believe in that.

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You will not go to hell if you don't give to the church. There are different kinds of Christians who have different beliefs, but as long as you know he is our savior and the reason we are alive, you are a Christian. God loves you no matter what you do, and Sometimes it is hard to have faith. But if you really think about it, this earth had to have a creator. It couldn't have just happened. I mean, it's AMAZING, and it really doesn't make sense for something this beautiful to just happen. If you read the bible, maybe you will find the answer to this question cause I honestly don't know what to tell you. I'm not a preacher, and sometimes I have doubts when things aren't going to well. Read Hebrews 11, and John 3:16. Some of my favorite verses. And pray about this. I know people have probably said those things before but it really works. Cause when I do that, I feel God's presence. And I really hope you do too!

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I often wonder what happened to all the humans on earth before organized religion. Are the good people of Egypt that lived thousands of years before Christ in heaven? What about Socrates and Plato? I often wonder if the author of the bible is J.K. Rowling. What about Tom Cruise and John Travolta? They believe in Scientology. Are they going down or up? Religion is really for the weak minded who are afraid of death.

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Clear your mind of rational thought.

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What you described is how most people view Christians, Hopcritical. However most are not like that a few people well give the whole group a bad reputation. I would suggest talking to pastors at diffrebt churches and attending services at different churches then decide which one is the best fit for you. Hope this helps and god loves you

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How sad...you sound like you really want something to believe in. There are so many corrupt money grubbing lying preachers out there that they have poisoned people's trust in them. BUT take heart...not all are like that. Others have had their say an I read them...now I'll say mine. First of all tithing is a biblical concept, principle, and commandment. Ten percent off the top. To people who love their money this is hard to do. However a real preacher who cares for the people god has placed him over will use the money wisely. Tithing is the preachers paycheck. Just like anyone who has a job, they deserve the check if they are working for it. Offerings are given for the upkeep of the church an to pay for things pertaining to the church. The bible says god loves a cheerful giver!! All that said I give to the church because I want to have a part in that blessing! You give what u CAN an god will always honor that. You pay ur tithes an god will always honor that! No doubt in my mind! God has made way financially for me even when I didn't think I could afford to. An unexpected check in the mail, ect... So that's for everyone that thinks that NOT GIVING is not wrong. It's wrong when you don't WANT to give.
To you ma'am I wish you had the pastor I am so blessed to have. I have seen him give everything he has while up there preaching an walk off the platform completely drained. I've seen him on his knees an heard him calling out my my kids names, my husband an i's names, praying for our needs. I've seen him an his wife quietly slip some money in my hand after finding out we couldn't pay for our babies funeral...all these things show me I have a real man of god. An the God that shines thru him makes it very easy to believe in God.
Don't give up. Read ur bible. Read the book of acts. This book will show you how wonderful the church is! When you receive what is promised in the book of acts the peace an happiness that is waiting for you is so awesome!!! Sorry for the long post-my heart was just so touched:-) I will pray for u!

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Faith is a false virtue. Base your life on rational thought.

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Faith IS the Basis of Things
HOPED For and The
Evidence of
Things ,,,
READ
Heb
11:
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That verse is just a fancy way of saying that faith is just wishful thinking. How sad.
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If a church feels crooked that's because it probably is some false religions ask for money and make you feel bad for not giving them money so you will come back. I suggest reading the bible and making your own decisions based on the word of God instead of what the church's you have been to have said

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You're craving what is True, Tiara... a Person, not a Religion. Jesus made pretty scathing remarks to the religious guys around him (called them "hypocrites!"), and said that they were willing to search the scripture (basically be religious), but not to come to HIM. Start looking for Jesus (the Bible is all stuff he said and did and wants us to know). And when you ask Him for it, He'll show you a church to go to where other people know Him too (and aren't pushing a money agenda). It will be beautiful, and you will be free. :)

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