How much do you believe in God? Why do you believe? What makes you believe?
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June 16, 2019 / By Ervin Question:
For me, I have been in many situations where I just question his existence. And if he does, why do so many suffer. Even when they believe in him?
Also, I hear people say "God has a plan for everyone". My friend dies young. What was planned for him? He had dreams, going to school, and had a girlfriend who loved him deeply. Why did he have to die? All we did was loose a good person.
And sometimes, I question if I have a purpose or not.
Alot of times I feel empty, with no purpose. I wanted to join the Marines, I could die doing something honorable. All I had in my mind was "If I die, who would care?". Started thinking about a girl I loved. She left, and she never really talked much to me anymore, and has a boyfriend now. Would she see me if I was hurt? Would she even care?
It's like "damn, why do I keep living?" I feel like nothing goes anywhere.
I feel like that inside alot. Although with friends I act like I am care free.
I tend to find myself drinking and smoking just not caring anymore. I drive wrecklessly(when there are not other cars on the road).
Overall, I think I'm on the verge of destroying myself.
Anyone ever gone through something like this?
Another thing is, I am growing far from my brother. He's growing up, has his girl now. And we are not close like we use to be, and I even find him pushing me away.
For many, what gives them hope? How do they keep their fate and sanity?
Sometimes it's hard to believe that someone is watching after you.
Thanks for the responses. And yeah bagsy84. I did think about her being happy. I just thought to myself "as long as she's happy, then I guess it's best to let her go."
But at the same time, I was thinking "yeah, he probably deserves her more, and she'd rather be with him. Screw me, I ain't worthed".
I guess it's more of, I respect people, and I really dont hate anyone. I just have the idea that others matter, but people like me dont.
It's like when you watch a movie, the people who matter, live. The people who dont matter are the ones they kill off early in the movie.
BTW: I'm 21, and I was born a Catholic.
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Conley | 9 days ago
I do believe in God, I believe because I have seen the miracles he has done. He gives me the will and the way. He gives me the freedom to make my own decisions. What makes me believe is that I'm here today, out of many of things I could have died. And everyone questions God's existence at some point in there life. And we may turn our backs' on him, but God will never turn his back on us. And things happen, and people may die, or get cancer, suffer because of the devil. People often ask, "Why do bad things happen to Christians?" And my pastor made a very good statement about that. He said, "Why would the devil do bad things to people that worship him? The devil wants to do bad things to people who don't worship him and to people that believe in God." And in that case the devil is trying to make a believer out of you, he is manipulating you. Saying, "See, God doesn't care, if he was really here that wouldn't have happened." The devil can take any form. And trust me, if something happened to you, people would care. And just because you feel like they wouldn't, and you may feel alone at this stage in your life, people would care. And God would care. I hope this helped in some kind of way.
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About the death.
It seems that nobody bothered teaching you some of the basics.
You can't win the prize if the race doesn't end.
For a true Christian, death means going to heaven.
then why not suicide?
Suicide is questionable, because you can't ask for forgiveness when you're dead.
And forgiveness comes with repentance.
Theres more to it, just wanted to let you know in advance.
But. Paul went to Rome knowing they would kill him. It sounds like suicide but he did it while following God's will.
about the army.
personally I don't think Christians should be in the army.
specifically the ones where you kill people " just because your commander said so"
people ask.. if God told you to kill your mother. would you do it..
if a human told you to kill someone's mother... and father... and son... and daughter...
would you do it?
sadly... thats the position that army people are in..
they KILL people... just because SOMEONE said so.
try to find the book " irresistible revolution, by shane claiborne"
if you can at the library or borrow it from someone...
talks about how to live as a real christian, without the religious BS.
If the apostles never died, we wouldnt have any martyrs, rome wouldn't have converted to Christianity.
If Jesus never died, we would have to take the death penalty for our own sins.
My friend passed away last year.
She was one of the coolest Christians ever. She made friends everywhere.
She was muslim, her parents cast her out and DISOWNED her when she accepted Jesus.
She didn't go to school. (muslim families)
she didn't have a stable job, she was a nanny.
she was allergic to sunlight... sunlight gives her skin cancer..
her skin was filled with it.
it spread to her insides and that killed her.
but despite all this, she lived a happy and full life.
probably more than most americans do.
she always hang out with us, whatever we did.
we would talk about God, and how to help other people etc.
she always said to her problems " God will take care of it"
and she never looked problematic. and was always happy.
God's peace isn't about making us rich and immortal.
God's peace is about giving us his kingdom as an inheritance for all eternity.
knowing that whatever happens to us and no matter how much we suffer.. our eternity is going to just get a lot better.
thats the true plan that God has for us...
everything else simply makes us better citizens of heaven.
a better character.
a more faithful person.
and the ability to think of others instead of thinking of ourselves..
personally. I struggle more than you..
I don't know how old you are..
My first love... I waited for her for pretty much 5 years..
and I come back to my country to find that she has 2 kids.
i had a girlfriend for a couple of weeks, but we broke up because I wasnt a strong enough Christian.
we became best friends from then on.. even today.
right now I'm learning to look at women more than just wanting to have a girlfriend.
God is teaching me to appreciate girls as my sisters in the faith. as friends.
not just " i want to marry her"
before you can move to romance, you need to know the person as a good friend..
if you cant do that, you skip a very important part...
you'll end up divorced... most likely.
having kids and having to pay child support..
and hurting every time you see her new husband...
This is a link for Joyce meyer's sermons, downloadable.
she has really straightforward sermons.
Christians need to toughen up, stop thinking about themselves and start thinking about others...
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Pray about it and ask God to bring you into community..
a good one...
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the right response?
I'll pray that she gets the best in life. EVERY NIGHT!
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