No one can tell you what to believe. But in my opinion, every religion has its own rights and wrongs. You should research as many as religions you can and pick the right one for yourself. You can even make up your own religion!
Believe in what you want to believe, if someone preaches their religion to you, it's not their religion, it's what they believe. If you have doubts, than doubt it, and believe what you want to. You will get a lot of hardcore religious people that will comment on here that will tell you to believe in what they believe. Believe in what you want to believe.
It depends on your religion. A lot of people have different opinions on god, none are bad, because it's their choice whether or whether not they choose to believe, churches aren't there to help make people believe, it's there to communicate with all of those who believe, and communicate with god. I my self, believe in him 100%. I think we all have the right to not or do believe. We will all be loved in a special, or some way what ever our beliefs are. Nobody can make you believe in him, it's up to your self if you do or not, sit down outside sometime, a really nice day and stare up at the clouds, don't feel stupid, tuns of people do it, and just talk to him. or not, your choice. remember, it's all about YOUR opinions. Nobody elses.
Well that's the thing. You can't force yourself because if you could I'd believe. Do what feels right to you. No one can force you. sit there and think how you feel. If you think there's a god, believe, if not then don't. That's it
I am still debating between Catholic and Athiest. You think and don't listen to people who tell you to believe in God or some other religion. Nobody should hate you for your beliefs, and if they do, know that they are B-words. Sorry but that is my belief!
This isn't about our opinions. You get to try to figure out what you believe and you can't leave it up to others because there are so many different people who believe so many different things that you can't please them all. You might simply feel worried about being judged for something you already believe. For a long time I felt guilty and questioned the fact that I was an athiest but when I finally accepted that believing what I believed was ok, my thoughts got a lot more clear. Just try to think through what you believe on your own and don't let what anyone else says make you try to change it
God created all things and He gave us the Bible which he wrote using human minds and hands. To ignore God and refuse to listen to him or to pay attention and seek to know him is tragic mistake. Jesus Christ died for your sins and mine and rose again the 3rd day, was on earth 40 days after that, and over 500 disciples saw him rise into the clouds an go back to his home in Heaven. He sent the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost and 120 were baptized in the Holy Ghost that day. Read Luke and Acts. Read the book of John to get acquainted with who Jesus is, and keep reading. For more help, attend a Full Gospel church and hear the anointed word of God. This will give you faith to believe. Don't put it off. Jesus is alive today and forever. We have an afterlife comng.
Before you choose a religion, I recommend that you become informed upon which everything said religion claims to concern as well as the social and economic implications of choosing said religion. Believing in god has no merit to someone who believe that it should not matter to a deity one way or another. Now if you worship a cruel, vindictive god that demands your absolute worship or it will torture you for eternity- then maybe it is in your interest to believe it exists, however, why would you worship such a monster? I'll take my chances that when we meet face to face, if it exists at all, that I and my comrads will kill it and liberate those unfairly treated.
The Bible tells us that God loves us. In John 3:16 it says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His Only Begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.“ There are a few facts that are unique about the love that God has for each one of us. First of all, the word love here speaks of an unconditional love. This means that there are no conditions that first have to be met in order for Him to love me. He loves me and I never have to do anything to earn it. 1 John 4:10 says, “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.“ It gives me great comfort in knowing that Jesus loves me just because I am me. Second, He demonstrated His love by sending His own Son to die for me. This gives me great assurance because He was willing to give the greatest sacrifice in order to have a personal relationship with me for all eternity.
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Yes! To start out, read the bible. You might not understand it first, but later when you get to be a better and better christian, everything will make sense to you. Believe in God and you shall be saved!
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No one can ever "Make" a person believe in God. And, even with debates and so called arguments, if you decided to believe in a devine creator, than what will you do with that? No can force to you pray and have a relationship with Him. It is a private and personal choice.
Here’s an encouraging but challenging statement from Matthew 6. The goal of work is not for food or clothing – we are to work for treasures in heaven. We are to ‘seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Seek first the government of God. The income, food and clothing we get from it are just by-products. Our work, whether voluntary or paid, is meant to be an experience of the rule of God in our lives. We can’t learn morality sitting at home drinking coffee. God will send us out in to the workplace. God will give us responsibilities. There’s not a job in the world that doesn’t raise questions of morality. The trouble is this. If I don’t clear up the goal of work and the by-products of work – I’ll change the by-products into the goal. If I do this, I start working for the by-products and cut the moral corners in order to transform the by-products into the goal. Life without hope, purpose, a life without God. Been there, done that. All I have to look forward to is the car I drive and how big my house is. Then there is no point in life.
There are many reasons to believe in God. However, what may "encourage" you to believe may not be the same that resonates with myself or others. Believing and then knowing God I find is a life's journey of seeking what is ultimate and what is the absolute Truth. There is a paradox I live, and that is that even though I have found God, I am always looking for him. God is the reason there is the search for truth and meaning in the first place, why there is something (the universe(s), you, me, etc.) rather than nothing. It is reasonable to say that out of nothing, nothing ever comes and we are in someway something. It is irrational to consider we are in existence from nothing! Lol. It is also irrational to conclude that rational thought itself and our related consciousness is real without a reason and they cannot in and of themselves make themselves become real. Also, our moral sense is not accounted for by biological, mindless, indifferent physical functions. Unless you believe that we are stricly matter + time + chance, then God is clearly understandable and believable. "Seek and you will Find".... "you will find the truth and the truth will set you free". Have faith like a child and be skeptical like a child....ask "why" and "how come" like a child. ;)
My advice is to live your life as you know you should. Be thoughtful and compassionate. Try to always do the right thing in any given situation. Don't hurt other people. Don't rely on anyone or anything else to tell you what is right.
Believe what makes sense to you. I personally don't believe in god. Reading the bible made me realize that organized religion has many holes. No matter what religion, if they have a man-made book or set of rules to follow... there's flaws. Because religion is MAN MADE. I personally don't want to be part of the part of the world that goes back and forth saying "My ONE specific religion is completely right and the rest of the 4,200 religions out there are wrong! ... why? I can feel it in my heart!!" No. If I'm going to believe in a god, it's going to be something a little more practical. If there is a god, he is not all knowing and he is not benevolent and it shows, with how the world is right now. If there is a god, I'm not going to guess at what he's like. I'm not even going to assume that he has anything more to do with us than creating us. I chose to think that there is no god, but I'm open to the possibility of one. But the most important thing is, is that I'm OK with there not being a god. I'm going to focus on this life and make the best of it. And if there is a heaven, I believe that any decent person will get in. It'll just be a pleasant surprise ^_^
Whether you choose to believe is entirely up to you, not the consensus of this group . The encouragement that I will offer is that you should search within yourself , trust what is in your mind and heart and then make your own decision. You, after all, are the one best qualified to decide what is best for you .
I have never been to an automobile plant where they make cars. I have never seen someone make a car or car parts. Yet, when I see a car it raises the question, where did it come from? Did it evolve on its own? Was it created by chance or by intelligent design? By faith, I believe that cars are created and not evolved. But, how can I be so sure? The intelligent design of it tells me that it didn't just happen by chance. Someone actually designed the car and someone actually put it together. Basic human intelligence tells me this. (cont in comments)
To me it's important everyone believes in God. However I don't feel it's acceptable or right to tell others what to believe. You must believe in God yourself, by your own judgment. Do not let anyone tell you what you must believe or who you must believe in. That's the great thing about the USA. We have freedom of religion and many other freedoms.
Please listen, do not listen to any of the people that said "absolutely" or "of course" and starts reading you the Bible verses. In the second amendment, it says that you have the freedom for any religion or lack there of. I personally, do not believe that there is a God. As of now, no there is no hard evidence that there is a God. Therefore, I do not believe in having a religion.
Once you start noticing that you're beginning to believe in God... Take a step back. You might just realize before it's too late that you are willfully deluding yourself. If you're at this point as a thinking adult, there is hope for you yet.
There is no shame in admitting the God hypothesis makes no sense.
Look in the mirror and you will see that your the prof that there is a creator(God). No matter how many religions the world come up with " Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven(Jesus) given among men, whereby we must be saved" Don't let what people say determine where you will spend your eternity. The bible say after death comes judgment and too late shall be many cry. It seems like God is calling You before its to late for you. Give your life over to Jesus
Why would you not? I think He believes in you. And I like that answer about rather living one's life as if God exists instead of the other way around.
There is a saying..."for those who believe in God no proof is needed, but for those who do not, no amount of proof will ever be enough.
I see your rainbow avatar. Are you gay? If you are or not let me make something clear that everyone gets wrong. God does not hate Gays. It is not the "being" homosexual that is viewed as wrong. Sex without marriage is sex without marriage...there in lies the sin, and that is what the (most) Christian faith teaches. Fornication is fornication, though in today's society it is so casual that the beauty of making love is gone, and I think that is a shame.
To ask should you believe in God is like asking - should I believe in breathing? Read Genesis 1:1; Revelation 4:11 - if you do not believe in the Bible - just take a look around you - many discount the creation of earth and mankind as being from only the Almighty - but just as one believe in electricity due to what it produces - why does the same not apply to God. (Psalms 83:18) To believe in God and to get to know him is the Biggest blessing you can give yourself.
It is up to you. Some may "need" to believe in a higher power. Others not so. I'm reminded of Francis Collins -- who led the human genome project. Collins was a self-avowed agnostic until the HGP. He has since been quoted as saying that the complexity of life, created with the simplest of proteins, has led him to believe in the existence of a higher power.
Put it this way, before I was a Christian, and chose to believe in God, my life was so miserable I wanted to die. Since I've made the decision to become Christian and believe in God, I am feeling liberated. I am feeling free from those torments of my past I am feeling free from the feelings of wanting to die. I prayed for God to enter my heart and believed in faith that He did, and that is when the feelings of freedom started to come. If you want God in your life pray this prayer and believe in faith you have received it. Dear God: I thank you for sending Jesus to die on the cross for my sins. I thank you Jesus for dying in my place. I ask for forgiveness of my sins and that your Holy Spirit enter my heart and make me the person you created me to be. Free me from my problems and create in me a new heart that I may be what you want me to be. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. If you prayed this prayer in faith and believe you have received Him in your heart you are saved. Welcome to the family. The next step is to find any version of the Holy Bible and to go to a Bible teaching church.
I was raised a Catholic and no one there during my 17 years had a relationship with God that was real, so I decided to look elsewhere. I read the Bible and the God it portrays thinks nothing on one hand of committing genocide and mass murder and on the other hand is supposed to be "Father" and "love". That's too confusing and jumbled to be used as a guide for a real relationship. Then God spoke to me while I was in prison against the war in Viet Nam. I found that spirit worth forming a friendship with. We still are friends 40 years later. I don't think faith without an actual two way relationship is worth a hill of beans.
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I've had a fair amount of questions about God. If you are having a hard time believing in him pray for faith. I know that sounds crazy, pray for something I don't know, but I can tell you that've seen a blessing, and he is helping me. I tell him. I see that you have a rainbow for your profile and if you are gay there is NOTHING WRONG WITH YOU. God loves all his children.
not to be rude but screw whoever says you HAVE too, my parents never told me what to believe and i became an athiest, they didn't tell me if there is or isn't, i went to church for 2 years starting at age 4, then we we switched churches a bunch then we stopped. then i asked to go to church because i wanted to believe but i eventually found it far fetched. do what you want but get a backround in everything first don't just become an athiest or theist, learn about the Bible or Torah then decide if you want to comply to those rules or if you just don't see a possiblility of a "holy ghost" hope this helped
Ps.if you do decide to believe look out for the rapture (:
pps. the pope says athiests can go to heaven as long as there good people
Yes, First, take a good look at creation. Science itself teaches that something cannot come from nothing. An intellectually honest look at physics, biochemistry and astronomy will point more toward design than random chance every time.
Second, take a honest look at your conscience. What does it tell you? How did those thoughts of God and morality get there?
Third, investigate the Lord Jesus Christ. Who is He? What did He teach and do? Please read about Him in the Gospel of John.
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When you really get into the biology and the intricate details of human life, it does point to God as the creator. Hebrews 3:4 states, "Of course, every house is constructed by someone, but he that constructed all things is God".
One of my favorite creations is the sun. It is perfectly positioned! If the sun was a little closer, the Earth would uninhabitable. If the sun was a little farther away, the Earth would be an entire Ice Age. That is one amazing detail that could not come by chance.
The last point I wanted to share you was the fact that Jesus died in our behalf. He died for ALL mankind; that includes you :) His life here on Earth and his sacrifice shows how much love he has for you. John 15:13 states, "No one has love greater than this, that someone should surrender his soul* in behalf of his friends".
Jesus sees you as a friend! All humankind. Shouldn't that make us want to ponder over his life course in the Gospels and find a way to thank him for what he's done? :) Then that leads to another question, How do we keep being Jesus' friend? How do we draw closer to the true God Jehovah who made the floor plans, so to speak, for Jesus to be our ransom?
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yes,many intelligent people do believe in God—and with good reason. In this adaptation from Know Why You Believe,OK, we'll admit something right off. It is impossible to put God in a test tube or prove him by scientific method. But that shouldn't cause us to say, "God really is dead!" Hardly. In fact, there are many reasons to believe that God is very much alive and active in the universe.ink about humanity's overall longing for something beyond what we see. It's this longing that causes people to turn to religion for answers.
It is significant that studies of the world's cultures show an almost universal belief in a god or gods. This is not surprising to people who believe the Bible. The writer of Ecclesiastes referred to God as having "set eternity in the hearts of men" (Ecclesiastes 3:11). This inner longing was described by Blaise Pascal, the great 17th-century mathematician, as "the God-shaped vacuum" in every human being.
yes there is a logical way to look at it... first read the four points that follow 1. believe in god/ god exists 2 believe in god/ god does not exist 3 don't believe / god exists 4 don't believe/ god does not exist now... if you don't believe and god does not exist you lose nothing and gain nothing if you don't believe and god does exist you find out the hard way... enjoy hell if you do believe and god does not exist you at least were comforted by your faith in life... if you do believe and god does exist you gain everything and go to heaven...
in short the only way to 'win' is to believe in god whether or not he exists... good luck... hope you find a way to have faith whether it is a religious ideology or a philosophical one...
well i honestly don't really believe in God but to tell you the truth i think most people use God as an umph to drive them to do what they think is right and it normally pays off but if you can provide that umph for yourself then your golden and won't need one