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Sway me to your point of view
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[quote:Anonymous Coward 16782114:MV8yMDA1MjAwXzMzNjk1MTgzX0NGMEVFOUQ2] [quote:Quagmire:MV8yMDA1MjAwXzMzNjkyNzI0XzMyREZEMEY0] [quote:Anonymous Coward 16782114:MV8yMDA1MjAwXzMzNjkxNTkyXzI5NzlENzhB] Cut out the middle man and have a relationship with God directly. God never says "no" to anyone. Ask, ask, ask to understand whatever you wish. Then observe, observe, observe for the answers. Meditation is a good way to listen as well. [/quote] I've tried that and found jack shit. Ask and ask and ask for direction and hope and insight and I get zero response. In fact I dare say any time I've ever thought I got a response it was my own mind making shit up. Thanks for the responses so far (other than the completely off topic conversations) but I've tried them all over time already and there is nothing. Perhaps there simply is no god. [/quote] It took me trying every night for three months with nothing. After that... well, the tap opened. [/quote]
I am 41 years old and was raised as a Christian from birth. In my middle age I have realized I have never truly seen proof of God. Everything I have experienced in my life can be attested to other things besides God himself. Spiritual experiences could have just been emotional experiences due to the desire to be close to God. The Bible itself can be just another book. When I needed God most, he wasn't necessarily there. I invested in a business because I thought God wanted me to only to almost lose everything I've ever worked for. I have never seen a miracle. The Bible is full of contradictions. It also contains ridiculous laws in the OT. The members of my church are awesome, loving people, but they are also human; when my church has disagreements within itself, I wonder how God would allow that.
I can go on. I no longer know what to believe. Should I try to fight to believe what I was raised to believe? Should I explore any of the other hundreds of religions out there, perhaps some that are older than Christianity? Should I embrace further my scientific mind? Should I embrace logic over faith? Should I believe anything at all? Should I forget trying to figure out any meanings in this life and just take care of my family?
Please, tell me your points of view. Let me know what you believe. Give me other things to consider about this life. Maybe I am just older and bitter now. Maybe there are other possibilities I have not considered. Maybe I should embrace my faith even further. Or maybe I should forget faiths and beliefs and just concentrate on what I can see and feel and touch.
Sway me to your point of view.
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