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Hello, I am a Christian and spirituality scholar from Newfoundland, Canada. Most every day, when I have my shower and I am clean and collected, I pray for what I am thankful for. Looking through the forums, I have found that there are many people who share the practice like I do. I was wondering if any of you would be interested in telling me more about your prayer customs and what it means to communicate yourself with the spiritual. When and where do you like to pray? I am very eager to hear everyone's personal narratives. thank you so much!
I've just recently joined these forums to seek answers and help. I'm 15 year old Catholic (sort of) female and I would need help from someone who will understand me. I've grown up in a good, Christian family since birth, which consists of just my mom and me. I've been going to Catholic school since I was only 5 years old and have been consistently going to Mass every Sunday and once a week at school. I would just ask my mother or Religious Ed. teacher for help, but I'm afraid if I tell them I'm losing faith, they'll judge me or get angry with me, so here I am, writing on a Christian forum. Basically, I don't think I believe in God anymore. But I want to. I want to be able to fully trust and pray to Him, but I can't do it without some sort of doubt. Since last year when I started my Confirmation training, I have put a lot of thought into my faith and where I stand and have found that I don't truly believe anymore, regardless of how often I go to Mass or how many religion classes I take. Now, don't get me wrong, I WANT to be able to believe and I want to be able to confide in God but I just can't bring myself to believe that Jesus performed all these impossible miracles and rose from the dead. Now, don't get me wrong, I WANT to believe, but my scientific and logical mind has gotten the better of me. I keep thinking "Well you can't rise from the dead. That's scientifically impossible!" or "Unless Jesus was some sort of magician, he couldn't have turned some fish and a loaf of bread into food for thousands," and I just don't want to think that way anymore. Over the past 2 years, I have found my Religion textbook as just a book of fables and stories. I have found the Church as a group of people with endless laws and restraints. AND I DON"T WANT TO THINK LIKE THIS. However, I will say this. I have had an extreme fear of flying on planes ever since I was little. So although I don't think I actively believe in God, I always find myself desperately saying every prayer I know in 2 different languages over and over again as the plane flies. This always seems to make me calm down, but the thing is, I don't want to be one of those people that only believes in God when they need Him or are in trouble. I don't want to be selfish enough to only pray when I want something. I need to find a way to restore my beliefs, but I don't know how. Reading the Bible hasn't helped me much. I keep thinking that miracles are scientifically impossible and that doesn't help at all. Please help me? I'm in a tough point in my life where I really wish I had the faith enough to pray and actually believe in who I'm praying to. Is there some way I can help myself to believe in God?