brainninja11Featured By OwnerNov 12, 2012Student General Artist
There was a point in my life where I began to question my faith. As I slowly delved into looking for answers, I found that most of them amounted to "you just need to have faith". On the other hand, I could see that science could answer plenty of things about the world and life, and if it couldn't, then at least it gave an honest "we don't know right now". It took a little while to set in and accept this, but I became an atheist after that. And though being faithless might sound horrible, I can say that I am far happier now then I was before.
"Faith" is meant to be tested. It's strength is measured by it's endurance regardless of the ever changing circumstances. Do note that faith isn't just believing something or someone. Faith is two parts and requires trust as well. Active reliance. I can believe Delta flights are safe, statistics show it, but I don't trust them enough personally to actively put myself on one of their flights. And where there is lack of trust, there is obviously a host of doubts and where there is doubt there is 'fear of something'.
Have I ever questioned my faith (ie. the existence of the God that I call 'Father' who forgave my shortcomings through Jesus)? No, because I've had personal experiences and been exposed to people who have trusted in God and prospered in their entire life. Have I question my faith (fulness) (ie. my trusting confidence in that God)? Yes, more times than I'd like to admit. That's what testing will do. But the more I come to know my faith, the less of a struggle my faithfulness has when it is tested.
Nice to see a thought provoking question like this. Take care and I hope we'll both come to rely more on our maker.
I've lived through allot for someone my age; I'm 28.
I grew up in a non-religious, if not athiest family, and discovered my own faith when I was about 15-16 and I've believed it ever since. I don't believe in the Bible (I think that is the greatest work of fiction created by Man) but don't knock people who do; I don't believe in any other one particular religion either. I have my own faith, in my own way, with my own personal beliefs and I don't need anyone to agree with me about them either.
I, personally, believe we're all left to live our own lives without intervention from some divine being, although I still believe one exists. So when things get hard I know there's not going to be some 'hand of god' to come down and save me, I have to do it myself and that 'good' or 'bad' is just a matter of perspective. So, considering this, no I don't believe my faith's abandoned me when times get rough, only if I lose faith in myself, which I refuse to do.
I have to be strong, to still be mentally stable after all I've lived through already, although that doesn't mean it hasn't effected me and I got out unscathed. Nobody does.
I think each idividual has their own beliefs and if that's in a divine being or not is their personal choice, I respect that.
I, personally, don't believe the divine being I believe in had anything more to do with us then its part in creating the first life in the universe; after that I don't believe it's had any part in our lives or the world around us. I don't even believe it made the Earth, just the laws, physics and particals that started it, gravity and time did the rest. I don't think it has feelings, even, so what we view as 'good' or 'bad' don't mean anything to it.
I don't worship it, I don't prey to it, I just believe it's behind the creation of the universe, its laws, and everything in it.
But that's just my belief, I don't expect anyone to understand or accept it and that's okay. Above all else, though, I still believe in myself and so should you, that's what I think is more important.
A man claims that he is very faithful in God. So God tests him. This person is unable to finish the test, and when he fails, he stops having faith in God.
So was that man really faithful in God? Of course not. This was a test, NOT for God to see, but for that man himself. So that when that man dies, God will tell that man that he was not faithful, and of course, the man will want proof, and this test of his life is enough proof that he wasn't.
Of course, we don't simply get ONE test, we get MANY many tests from the day we are born, til the day we die, as God says in the Qur'an.
Now God answers people differently for each individual. God answers you in a way where you are able to accept the answer.
For me, the answer can be in dreams, or reading verses from the Qur'an, since I am a Muslim. And I have seen many many signs and answers from him in the past year, ever since I turned to him fully.
A person who truly has faith in God, will NEVER stop believing in him, no matter WHAT difficult life he is facing, no matter how hard some goal is for him to accomplish, he will always remain faithful, and when he dies, he will be heavily rewarded.
God says in the Qur'an, "Indeed, after every trial, there is ease."
This means, after every difficult test you happen to suffer through, there will ALWAYS be peace and ease and end of suffering after that.
God will never test you beyond your capacities.
If you want God for answers, then simply have patience...that is all it takes.
One time, God answered me by giving me the note from a fortune cookie! And my jaw dropped.
It all takes faith, patience, and prayer.
THESE 3 things.
First thing is to PRAY to God, and not just once, but pray every day. But you cannot pray without faith.
You need to believe that he EXISTS. When you believe he exists, then your prayer will be effective.
After that, you need to have patience. God likes to see how LONG it takes someone until they break.
Sometimes, God KNOWS a person's true inner faith, so they get an answer immediately. Those people who are unpredictable, God wants to test their patience.
So you are basically tested in 3 ways, your faith, your patience, and your prayers.
When something difficult happens in your life, do you EVER turn to God? Do you ever pray to him, to end all that suffering?
Now next, when you do happen to pray, how much faith do you have left in him?
Sometimes, I lose my faith, and I think, 'Yeah I prayed to God, but he'll never listen.'
WRONG, because he DOES, and I've personally seen it. BUT if you do happen to lose faith, that is when God gives up on you.
Now lastly, are you patient?
Some people, their faith and prayer is SO STRONG, that they pray for YEARS and they still never lose hope. Their patience is SO STRONG, that sometimes, these people DIE without their prayers being answered in THIS WORLD, but in the next world, all that they've asked for, is right in front of them, and God is EXTREMELY happy with them, and grants them paradise, which is the best reward, out of anything.
But of course, these are only for the truly faithful.
I like that. It is the weak fence sitters who turn away and fall on the other side and break apart just like Humpty Dumpty. These people always feel "let down" because God does not kiss their ass, instead He let's them go through some trial in order to make them stronger, just like many earthly fathers do for their sons. Do you stop believing in your dad if He doesn't do what you expect him to do?
And during birth, he is separated from his parents, and he grows up, and he has NEVER seen his parents once.
So one day, the guy gets up and says, MY MOTHER AND FATHER NEVER EXISTED!
Well, obviously, this is a big joke, because a male and a female is REQUIRED to create HIM, (his biological parents), so even though he NEVER seen his parents, they STILL EXIST, otherwise, he wouldn't be just born out of thin air.
We all know that whatever that guy said is ridiculous.
The guy might say, 'give me proof I had a mom/dad.'
Well, all we have to say is, 'You are standing right here, that is all the proof you need to know that you had a mom and a dad.'
Works the same with God.
WE HUMANS are HERE, living in this EARTH. This is pretty much ALL the proof one needs, that there is some intelligent being out there, that DESIGNED it all.
Because think about it, after the big bang, or HOWEVER this universe was created, we have to realize that this Earth, this solar system, and life on Earth, did not just 'pop' out of nowhere. It was all slowly and gradually created and formed.
But according to science, nothing COMPLEX is formed out of almost nothing.
What is a car made out of?
Metal...plastic, maybe wood, leather.
Well if I take these materials, and just drop them over on top of each other to try and make a car, it will NEVER happen. I can repeat it over and over and over, dropping those materials on the ground on top of more materials FOREVER, and still, a fully functioning car will NEVER be formed, ever.
It is impossible. Chaos does not form anything complex. There was an INTELLIGENT being behind it. A mechanic, who wrote built the car from scratch, but the designated parts in the right slots, and made the car fully operational.
And THEN, this mechanic designed a booklet, an instruction manual, to whomsoever is the driver of this car, must read the manual, so they know how to drive safely, and the rules of the road and the car if it breaks down.
This is pretty much how God created the universe, and life on Earth. It is the SAME procedure, just on a MUCH bigger scale. We are talking about the UNIVERSE here, but it is still comparable.
GOD had the materials, he put them ALL together so PERFECTLY without any errors. When he formed it all, he created INSTRUCTION manuals, (Holy books like the Torah, the Scrolls, the Gospel, the Qur'an), and he GAVE these manuals to prophets in the Earth (or driving experts), and these "driving experts" taught their people on how to drive the car safely (how to live your life according to the rules of God).
I agree with you. There are too many variables that allow life on earth to exist that are present nowhere else in this solar system or anywhere else that we know of. It is hard to believe it is just a fluke.
They will be judged in the end, and you will be rewarded. But some want their rewards now. For those you may get your reward now and not later. You will have received your reward in full. You can receive your $10 scratch off now, or the Mega Bucks jackpot later.