I Feel I'm Not Trying

I feel I'm not trying hard enough with my faith. I feel my faith in God is weak right now, but I want it to become strong again, but since I'm an adolescent, most of the time when I read the Bible, I don't understand it. I feel it's hard to understand. But I feel I should be trying harder and I should try to read the Bible more. I need help with understanding the Bible and I want to strengthen my faith. Does anyone have advice? I hope I'm not the only one who has these issues.

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  • Do please read the Bible, thoroughly. You will then realize, unlike may Christians that The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.

  • We can no longer confess on this website. They have removed naughty posts and if you try to confess something nothing happens.

  • To me faith, the bible, prayer, people, context, learning all go together. Yes read the bible and understand what the message was for the people who were alive when it was written but also think about what is the message today. To me faith is a mix of individual understanding and belief and group values and being with a group.

  • Your reason for studying the Bible should be to have a relationship with Christ. John 3:16 is your invitation to be eternally with Him in glory. Your faith must start with Christ, for no man comes to the Father but by Him. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. I hope this helps.

  • God so loved the world that he tortured his only son? Are you telling me an all powerful being couldn't have gotten the same result without mutilating Jesus and forcing him to "cry blood". We laugh at pagan rituals when they sacrifice a goat for a better crop, but we go ahead and worship someone who had to have a human die before he would forgive your sins. Sounds pretty stupid to me.

  • To each his own, brother. What seems dumb to us seems noble to others.

  • You should think about why your faith is weak, why you don't understand the bible and why keeping your faith requires so much effort. I'm willing to bet it's because you're starting to realize that it's just a bunch of ancient fairy tales that contradict reality and common sense.

  • I think Mao Zedong said something similar before sending one-tenth of his "peasants" to their deaths

  • Oh really? And what did Bin Laden say to his subordinates before sending them to fly into a bunch of buildings full of innocent people?...
    There are tons of examples of both atheists and believers doing both good and bad things. It means absolutely nothing.

  • Think of the history of the earth as one year. If the earth was created on January 1st, that means life didn't even make it on the planet until late October. Dinosaurs started to roam the earth about December 2nd. The asteroid that wiped the out hit on christmas. Something like man came about at 11:58 on New Years eve. And christ? well he showed up 15 seconds before midnight. How arrogant are we to think that God wasted the entire length of the history (represented as one year) of earth for 15 seconds of our time. Grow up people.

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