Where does your faith come from?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@MrsPanda99:  I’m not religious, per se, but I am a believer in God and a Christian.  I was raised Catholic but have always been a questioner – of pretty much everything – so naturally I questioned the existence of God.  I’m intelligent, intellectual and scientific-minded.  I needed some kind of “proof” to believe. 

Yes, I had a defining moment where God touched my life and unlocked my heart.  I will never forget it.  Once you have a real, true personal experience of God you can’t un-experience it, you can’t NOT believe any more.  It goes beyond mere belief to “knowing.”  Once the door was opened, so many answers flooded  into my life in so many mysterious ways, it was amazing.

It’s hard to explain but God is part of who I am and with me every moment of my life.  I’m never not aware of His presence. 

If you really want to know God – ask (pray, essentially) for him to reveal himself and he will – or ask her to reveal herself, however you want to define God; God doesn’t mind.  😉

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

@MrsPanda99:  …I suppose I was raised with very clear evidence that the following my family was involved with was real….and continue to see and feel the proof if it resonating in my own life, in small facets, and tiny ways….the significance of it isn’t lost on me or Mr. 99…who believed in nothing before we met….and now understands…there are some things that are real, if you’ll only avail yourself to them.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I was raised Christian so I have always believed that there is a God but I got much more into following Christ in the last two years. I felt completely alone in life and wasn’t happy with where I was at and needed an answer. God is the only one who can help me with that. It wouldn’t be called faith if there was hard evidence.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

@MrsPanda99:  ….well, maybe you’re just looking in the wrong place?  Is there a particular faith or belief that appeals to you?

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@MrsPanda99:  You’re on the right track.  I’m with you – I never wanted to believe in anything just because someone told me to.  I like to think for myself!  I’m stubborn that way.  Also, people try to put God in a box and you can’t do that – spirituality is personal and individual and you have to find your own way.

Trust that a higher power is at work in your life.  Look for evidence of the love of the Universe for you personally.  If you look you’ll see and more and more evidence will flow towards you. 

I’m also like you in that I want everything in life to make logical sense.  But you know what?  Not everything does and once you can accept that – and hold the paradox of that in your mind – your thinking will be elevated to the level where, as @Nona99: so eloquently stated – the things that are real will avail themselves to you.

Ask for Truth, above all.  Ask for Love, ask for Reality.  Just put the words out there into the Universe and wait for the answer – with your heart and not just your head.  Faith is a gift and anyone can receive it if they’re open to it. 

You will find your own way.  It is not about Religion.  It is about your own personal spiritual journey in this life that is just as valid as your physical journey.

Post # 11
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Busy bee

@MrsPanda99:  I was Athiest, and an outspoken one at that! I just could not understand why people believed in God ect. One night I had a dream that “Luke 11:10” was tattooed on my arm. When I woke up in the morning I went for the bible to look up what it meant ( I was staying at a hotel so had immediate access to the bible) it says

 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

I was going through a hard period in my life and this message seemed so personal to me, like it was meant for me. When I was Athiest I always said it would have to be personal for me to believe it, not just believing it what other people say ect. That moment has changed my life and I do consider it a revelation of sorts.  

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Peachytalk:  That sent shivers down my spine …

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Royalton White Sands

@Peachytalk:  That’s amazing!

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper

I wasn’t raised religious. I actually started reading the bible so I could argue against it with my Christian friends. The more I read, the more my heart softened. My conversion experience was amazing. It was literally like having blinders come off. I second the pp who said once you have a genuine faith conversion experience, its impossible NOT to believe. Its kind of like someone who is color blind trying to explain what that experience is like…..until you actually experience it yourself, its almost impossible to really explain accurately. I love my savior and my faith, and I really wish that in America people would leave Jesus out of politics. Jesus was not a political messiah(in fact, the Jews were waiting for one, and that is part of the reason they rejected him), and he is not going to ask for a voter registration card at Heaven’s gate. My advice to you is to forget every Christian you ever met and everything you’ve ever been told about Christ and Christianity. Instead, get a good study bible and get to know Jesus. HE is the standard and representation of Christianity. The rest of us(myself first and foremost) fall painfully short, and often times do a lousy job of representing the love of God and just how amazing Grace really is. That is the same reason why we need him EVERYDAY.

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Bridey77:  That is just beautiful.

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

@MrsPanda99:  I’m certainly not a Christian and was not raised in a house that was, I have tremendous respect for those that are, however I walk a different path, and with few exceptions, have found that the Christians I know, can at least offer the same respect and kindness for my beliefs that I have for theirs.

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