Throughout your life how has faith been an influence?
How have you kept faith through difficult situations? Does having faith help you get through rough times?
No never really. I am not religious but spiritual and really do not expect miracles to happen. I have come to the realisation that life is not about being constantly happy and content, the struggles that I have had in the past have made me develop so much as an individual and learn, without them I would still be living in ignorance and for some reason I would rather be sad and feel pain than live in a fake happy world of my own that does not exist, a world where you don’t even care about what’s happening outside your town, a world where you think that u r free, but you are not, another prisoner of the society.
Put it this way, bad times, has happened and will happen again, that is just part of life. And for that reason the only type of faith you will need is the faith in yourself. Feel the pain and beauties of life and be human, you will grow so much more :)
Probably a very off topic answer , apologies for that! But you know what’s ironic, evrytime I’m going through the rough times I ask God for help!
28 years old, starting to understand what faith means. If you are asking about faith in God’s sense… In my journey of knowing God better, I would have to say yes, my faith in God has helped me in difficult situations. To know him and understand what he is and what he asks of us, to me, has been an extremely worthwhile journey!
I had faith because I was born into catholicism. Through introspective critical thinking I started to question the world around me and people’s opinions, especially the religious ones. Over a course of many years I slowly relinquished the idea of the man made god and and his savior son and began to realize how absurd some of the beliefs are.
Faith had been an influence in my life. But being indoctrinated into Christianity brings more things with faith like religious beliefs. These beliefs can be very negative to maintain and frequently based on fear (heaven and hell for example) or even sin. This influence was horrible for my younger years because #1 It is a lie. Anyone who questions Christianity in an honest and open way will find this. And #2, It tooks years to cast away the shadow it laid upon me even after I realized it cannot exist (the god of judeo-christianity is a complete contradiction to the existence of hell). This affected my opinions of others, the expression of my sexuality, and my worldview. To be free of such a dishonest burden is a beautiful thing.
So I have been faithless for years now and have had to embrace the good and the bad times fully without having external shelves (religion, people, material objects) to put my emotions, logic, and reactions on. I remember hard times with faith. I can honestly say faith never let me grow, it just let me feel better because a greater thing was going to take care of me. But without it I have had to learn to feel my emotions and grow through situations.
I’m sorry your past experience with Catholicism lead you to turn away from your faith opposed to embrace. I know exactly what you are describing with the darkness/fear associated with the religion, I have been there as well. This was during a time when I did not understand it for myself but picked up things here and there. Catholics don’t do a great job of shining bright lights to attract people. The tradition of the church is just that, more traditional, which to most is unattractive and hard to relate to. I found a church that I can relate to, a priest who speaks to my soul about the beauty of God and the love we need to show our neighbors. The fear is gone, and my faith is stronger now then ever. The easiest way to understand God is by learning who he is and the closest reflection to that is his son. Base your views of God by understanding how Jesus lived. Then it becomes more clear. Best of luck! By saying all of this I hope I am not coming across as to discount any of your thoughts or experiences. I honestly believe everyone is entitled to their opinion and it’s a beautiful thing to be able to share our experiences from an open place. :)
Thank you for your post and wishes of luck. You do not come across in any way that is rash so do not think of your prose in that way. I have respect for Jesus as well as he lived his life in an admirable way. But having the process I had in which I eventually stopped believing in God as defined by man or in this case Judeo-Christianity took years. It was not something I asked for but asking questions was something I was open to. If a mere human being can have these questions and realize that organized religion is not capable of truthfully answering them imagine what God would be capable of? If we are created by a higher being and had the beautiful fortune of evolving to this point and individually being alive and capable of questioning our own sentience, if that was planned by something, then it would want us to question everything and seek the truth. We are still infants in terms of our intelligence and understanding of the world let alone universe. I am simply not confident enough to say Christianity is correct and is the best way when I’d be interested in what kind of religions our species would follow (if any at all) 100, 500, 1000, or 5000 years from now without impeding the progress of technology and science (which move at an exponential rate nearly). We live in only a couple dimensions and are aware of the existence of many. We see thousands of galaxies with good chance of having life. What would another intelligent civilization that has existed for longer believe? Jesus was in Israel but would he be the messiah for a different planet ‘s inhabitants also? Personally, I would venture to guess no. Not even Earth’s inhabitants can agree on this. That is ALOT of uncertainty. But when we are in our camps it’s easy to say we are correct. That is a part of the human condition. These and a slew of other questions make it very hard for me to believe Jesus was anything more than a human and the Bible is inspired by God and not just written by man. But the process I refer to was one of the most important things I’ve ever done in my life. Removing myself from a camp and thinking for myself. Learning to love the world and it’s inhabitants without expectation of a greater being. Coming to terms with not being special haha. Coming to terms with death and its subsequent nonexistence. Coming to appreciate the beauty that is in our natural world and more difficult things to find and understand as discovered by science. The tangible and intangible alike. Being ok with not having answers for everything and not having to fill a question with a supernatural response. It is quite liberating and has some scariness with it but it is a wonderful thing. I’m open to the idea of a God. But I think it is more complicated than humans would like to admit and has 2 too many hands, 2 too many feet, and 1 more human brain than we would like to admit. I’m not sure why I shared so much I just was touched by your openness and felt like it. Good luck to you and I hope you have a wonderful day and life. :)