mandag 6. august 2012

# 3 - What is your problem with faith?

I don't know you. You can be my neighbor next door, - sit in an American home, - sit at the street begging in Spain, - sit at a luxurious restaurant in Germany or preparing for a pub in Ireland, ... You might be 16, 19, 28, 48, 50 or older. You might belong to those who are touched by the big economic crises in some parts of the western world (or elsewhere) or you may have so much work to do that you don't know how to overcome it all.

It's not so important were you are or what you are. What is really important is why you eventually doubt in God. Here are some questions for you:

  1. Is it difficult to believe because there are so many religions and you don't know what to believe anymore?
  2. Is it because others have pointed out to you that they don't like the «cruel god» in the OT?
  3. Is it because you feel ashamed of being a believer among atheists (No valid proof)?
  4. Is it because of all the scandals in the Church that have been uncovered in the last years?
  5. Do you feel that the Bible is outdated and was written for people of another time?
  6. You don't believe in authority?
  7. Are you angry at God because He took something from you (your friend, your job or something else)?
  8. Private reasons? 

These questions are only some of all the questions people who have a period of doubting ask themselves. The most important is that you are very clear about why you are doubting. Write it down so you don't lose your own points. What everybody else think is not important here. It's your eventually problems with the faith that is important to you!

When you have written it down, please try to think about what has changed since you were a strong believer as a child (if you were that. It might also happen that nobody thought you to believe and that your problem is if it's worth trying to believe in God).

Are you a closet catholic?

I'm not here to tell you what to do. I only want to help you to find safe ground under your feet if you are in a state of «long-doubting».That's why I suggest that you invest in some work with writing points down and to try to remember how it was before your faith was covered with clouds.

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