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What can a person do to be at peace when they are going through a crisis of faith?

I have always believed in God, but I have been questioning myself for a long time as to why I believe. Scientific information negates a god that created everything. It is so very difficult to believe that when I die, I will be swished off to wherever I'm supposed to go next. Please don't answer with the "have faith" part because I used to have it. Now I question it all. I need an answer that will hopefully get me through life with some level of peace. Or is peace within oneself not really possible? Thank you to any one who answers.

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WOW! I'm glad I saw your question! get a bible that is in a translation that is easy to understand and read the book of Job!!! it's my favorite book of the bible. when my faith wavers, even a little; I go back and read about Job...;-)

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You enjoy the tale about how "god" screws with a guy just to prove a point, for a bet?
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stb, I read a book (true story) over the holidays of a man who lost his wife and children to a brutal murder and his house was burnt down ...all in one night. He had a very difficult time understanding why God would leave him and take his family. (he had been shot 4 times himself) Eventually, (when he decided to read the bible) he also read the book of Job and it really ministered to him. He was eventually able to say, "God is good all the time. All the time God is good."
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exactly!...;-)
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There is proof in the world around you that there is a God. His Word the Bible has been the highest selling book in the world for centuries for a reason. The beauty that exists in the world today cannot have been created by anything BUT a divine being. So find your faith again and serve Him.

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Actually the bible is the widest distributed book but nowhere near the best seller. Most bibles are given away in proselytizing attempts or used for church "stock".

You also use some serious circular logic here.
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The Bible says that Yahweh created everything, but it never says HOW he did it.. And science explains how things were created (well, how most things were created). If your belief in your god is sincere, how do you know he didn't use a scientific method to create things. Science and religion are very different from one another, but they don't necessarily rule one another out.

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Amen!
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What people don't seem to understand is that the bible never says anything that really contrasts science like DeepDark said.

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So I guess the sun really revolves around us, insects have four legs, the earth is stationary and immovable, and you can cure leprosy with animal blood?


Your bible conflicts with science constantly.
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Have you read the bible? No? Yeah it says nothing about the earth being the center of the universe and being immovable. Leprosy being cured from animal blood is a miracle. Miracles are SUPPOSED to defy all logic so it can show us Gods power.
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I've read the entire bible more times than most believers. It says all those things, dear.

Leprosy cannot be cured by spraying animal blood around. The earth is not stationary, and the sun does not revolve around us. There was never a global flood. The entire species did not come from a single mating pair.


Trying to desperately explain the errors in your bible by saying "god can do whatever he wants" is just sad.
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I'm quite certain the Bible doesn't say any of that, except maybe the part about insects having four legs, but it isn't meant literally that insects have four legs. I believe the reference is to insects as a type of creature that 'walk on all fours', meaning they don't walk upright like man - but it doesn't necessarily mean that all creatures that DON'T walk upright walk on exactly four legs. And you do know that "leprosy" in the Bible refers to any number of infectious skin diseases and not leprosy as we know it today, right?
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You do know that NO infectious skin diseases can be cured by spraying animal blood around, right?

And yes- it states in a huge number of passages that the earth is stationary and the sun revolves around us. Just a few include Job 38:4-6, Psalm 93:1, and Isaiah 24:18 for stationary Earth, Genesis 1:16 and Isaiah 13:10 claim the moon gives off light, Leviticus 11:22 says insects have four feet, then talks about four-footed flying mammals, and in dozens of passages it claims the Earth is a flat disk.

Apologetics is so sad.
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I read all the passages you referenced. I really don't have a problem with the references to the earth's "foundation" - it reads like any other figure of speech to me. The moon DOES give off light - by reflection. And I maintain what I said about the 'walking on all fours' reference. You don't give any verses about the earth being flat so I can't respond to that. Apologetics isn't sad. It's a wonderful tool, but admittedly it isn't everything. Faith must fill in the gaps. That is what I find quite sad, a lack of faith. I'd really leave you alone if you were simply content in your lack of faith, but it never ends there. You always attack people that do have faith and their supposed lack of logic. Yet I see atheists make errors in logic quite often as well. I don't believe that faith and logic are incompatible; why do you insist that they must be? What's the big deal?
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Since logic dictates that acceptance of a premise is based on evidence and faith is belief in a premise without evidence, the two are polar opposites.


I have no idea how your religion has turned belief in things that have no evidentiary support into a virtue. Where I come from that's called gullibility. And I don't attack people for their choice to have faith, but rather address when people make factually incorrect statements or present fallacies as though they are fact. You theists often have trouble distinguishing between an attack and a challenge of an illogical or incorrect statement. For example, this comment claimed the bible never contradicts science , which is just flat out wrong.
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So if you look at it like that, yes, they're opposites. So what? That still doesn't mean that they are incompatible and that one can't employ both. "Opposites attract"... it's a saying that comes from science, yes? No, I don't NEED evidence where I have faith, but the evidence is the icing on the cake. There is much about science I find absolutely fascinating and it doesn't negate my faith at all. It just reminds me of how awesome God is. As far as your whole 'attack vs. challenge' thing, I have no problem with a challenge. I would like nothing more than to be on amicable terms with you and agree to disagree on certain things. But you have to admit oftentimes you do overstep the boundary. You always present your opinion as if it were absolute truth, even when it is just that, an opinion. But then on top of that you gloss the whole thing over with this *tone* and I can practically hear and see you groaning and rolling your eyes... 'Oh these apologetics, oh these theists, they're so illogical/gullible/irritating/annoying/sad/insert some other condescending word here.' If you're going to accuse believers of interpreting the Bible based on their own agenda, you need to admit that you interpret it according to your own agenda as well. Fair is fair. GTG, catch ya later.
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Well said.
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This is where most atheists started out- believers who had questions their religion just couldn't answer or realization that their religion clashed with reality. And it is hard when you have believed something your entire life to realize you just don't anymore. It takes an adjustment period.

My recommendation is to study- read all you can from objective, credible sources on history, theology, philosophy, and science. Once you have thoroughly educated yourself on a topic you can be more secure in what you do or do not believe and that brings a large measure of peace. Then acceptance- accept that what you believe (or not) after that is who you are and move forward. Don't dwell on what you used to believe or what other people will think about it. It gets easier with time.

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I agree with...."move forward" and "don't dwell with what other people think...." :)
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OK, first off, the idea that "scientific information negates a God that created everything" is wrong. That is the devil talking. All science proves is the "how", not the "who". One thing that has always helped me is to remember that it doesn't matter how we got here, because God did it! Reread the first few chapters of Genesis to remind you of the artistic and loving hand that created this universe. Job is a good book to read as another suggested. The Psalms, I'd say, are ideal if you are seeking peace and comfort. There are a variety of 150 Psalms to apply to any possible crisis you might be going through! Most importantly, pray, pray, pray to God to draw you closer to His comforting presence and to reveal Himself to you. Don't worry; it's OK to question! Just keep praying and reading God's Word and you can get through this with a faith stronger than ever! Bless you and best wishes. :)

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What you're feeling is a need for a deeper connection. You're ready to dig deeper.Fasting might help.

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THE celebrated British journalist and editor Malcolm Muggeridge once said:"It becomes increasingly clear to me that the crisis which western civilization is going through is due essentially to a shortage of faith. . . . There is an increasing acceptance of the humanistic idea that there is no God, that people are in charge of their own destiny." In past years, the majority of persons would admit to having faith in God and being concerned about his will. But that has changed drastically. Many individuals now feel that the advances of science in our century have made faith in God outmoded or unrealistic. Others have noted the flourishing of wickedness and have decided that either God does not care or he does not exist.The trace elements essential to a person?s continued health and life are usually supplied in sufficient amounts through a balanced diet of physical food. Comparably, faith is a vital element in a Christian?s case that is developed and maintained largely by means of a balanced diet of spiritual food. Jesus Christ rightly stating: "It is written, 'Man must live, not on bread alone, but on every utterance coming forth through Jehovah?s mouth.'"-Matt. 4:4; Deut. 8:3.

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Well, written. ;)
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Its actually an excerpt from an article called "Where Has Faith Gone?" in the Awake! magazine.
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I agree get a bible you can understand and get the book God's Problem by Bart Ehrman. Bart is very knowledgeable about the bible and knows and understands the Greek language which is what most books of the bible were first translated into. Read God's Problem first and follow it by reading the parts of the bible that Bart refers to. It will knock your socks off.

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Trust me, I have been through the same thing, and for that matter am STILL going through it. I could tell you to keep on searching, and if you do, you may be rather amazed and possibly frightened where you end up. If you keep looking, I can assure you, it will be quite the adventure. Whether you like it or not, is another matter entirely. Even though I now wish you peace, I do know, that if you keep searching, you WILL be walking through some pretty spooky forests at night and stormy seas. Just keep hanging in there, and when the relief comes, thank "God".

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I think it's common for all believers to have a period of doubt in their lives. So, you are not alone in this. Kind David went through very difficult times and also questioned this. Like stillwater says...reading the Psalms is a good book that helps us relate to our human condtion in relation with God. Do you have any family or friends you can talk with? A pastor or leader at your church? We need eachother to help us in our faith, like scripture says, it's better to to not be alone so if you fall, someone can help pick you up. Good luck!

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Hmmmmm I rember a wise teacher of mine my physics prof to be exact told me when I asked about modern physics contradicting the exsistance of God. Him self a devout Jew told me that a little dougt is good for faith he said his dougt about the exsistance of God was like a grain of sand in the midst of the pearl of his faith

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I like that...:)
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Yes, by all means read about Job; but also take it to God in prayer.

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I think the real problem is that your not believing in yourself....

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I don't. I call myself the invisible woman.
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If you're asking this question, then obviously you are not comfortable with NOT believing in a Creator. It shows that unless you satisfy a spiritual need (which BTW is in each and everyone of us, including those who absolutely deny that), you will NOT be happy. The key to happiness is found at John 17:3 "Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent." (NIV)

Taking in accurate knowledge of God, his son Jesus Christ, and the purpose for the earth, the need for the ransom sacrifice is what will help you conquer this crisis of faith. If you don't want to do this, and prefer to live as an unbeliever, then do good for others, find a purposeful cause or hobby, and stop thinking about this. I find it hard to believe that you will stop thinking about it, though. :-)

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Hi Number5! I'm glad you're looking into these very important decisions, and when you've sorted thru it all and made up your mind once and for all...I think you will find your peace :). To me, it seems like you're finally at your "crossroads" and now you're ready to decide which way to go, so now you need to seek out information that will help decide so you can find Your Truth. And you've come to the right place, because you will hear Believers pleading their case for Faith right here, and you will hear from others who've thoroughly read and studied The Bible and have decided not to believe as well. I feel like you need to expose yourself to both sides for now, and that you should go down this list of people who've answered your question here, and converse with them in the comments (your sure to make some friends along the way :). Maybe you have specific long- unanswered questions, or things that youve heard along the way that have been bugging you, now is the time to gather the data that will help you decide...and looking down this list of answerers, we all obviously like to give our opinions, and of course i invite you back to talk with me too :) I didn't decide to believe once and for all until I was 40 years old, and then i didn't find my peace with God until i was 49, so I know what "the search" is like :). I wish you the very best in your search for peace, bye! Beth

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Beth, How are you? We were supposed to have a blizzard here but we only had a little snow. Bummer.
But that's probably good because people always get killed when there's a blizzard. Once a poor pregnant lady died. The electricity had gone off and she had a generator that was improperly ventilated. Awful!!!
I'm reading a mystery set in London. It's very good. I'm going to watch one of the PBS shorts on Downton Abbey
on my iPad. It's one about O'Brien.
Love, Me
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Hi Beth, How are you? Things are quiet here, deep in the heart of Oklahoma. Love, Claire
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As some have said, a little doubt is normal. We are imperfect, so we have doubts. And it's important that you're asking these questions. So I hope you are able to find some concrete answers! Without God’s Word it is impossible to build real faith. It is only through the pages of the Bible that Jehovah presents his side of things, so to speak. He sheds light on such perennial questions as why he has permitted suffering and pain and what he will do about the situation. (Psalm 119:105; Romans 15:4) Sarah Jayne came to believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. (1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:19-21) Why not take some time to honestly evaluate all the evidence that shows the Bible to be a unique revelation from God? What about the internal harmony? Or fulfillment of prophecy? The animal life? Or the shape of the earth?

You don't sound like you have given up on the belief in a Creator, and I'm glad to see that. You can visit this website for answers to many frequently asked questions: www.jw.org

I hope I helped!!

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Everyone's comments have helped - atheists also - because as I said I'm in a crisis. However, the person called Godisone is not who he/she tries to appear! The responses from that one are meant to hurt and to provoke and not HELP. What I wanted with my question was HELP. thank you.
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I'm so sorry someone has hurt your feelings. When speaking about topics like this, a lot of empathy and understanding is required.
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I think now what I must do is stop bothering people and whatever is meant to be will be. I am but a speck in the world anyway.
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Well, you have the right to ask your questions. It's what this website is for! But no one can force anyone to believe anything. Just show them the truth from the Bible. (2 Timothy 3:16)
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