(Closed) Where does your faith come from?

posted 7 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 63
436 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

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@MrsPanda99:  I’m go to a non-demoninational church… no kneeling or sitting, standing, sitting, standing any of that… I have been to weddings and witnessed what you described, but I have never actually attended a church like that.

Post # 64
2362 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - B&B

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@Sunfire:  +1 to pretty much everything you have said! I am so happy to see others out there who I share similar sentiments with about my relationship with God and my spirituality!! You worded everything so wonderfully.

Best of luck in your journey,

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@MrsPanda99:  I, too, had a defining moment of clarity… my parents never really took me to church. They themselves had been raised in it, but for different reasons had fallen out of touch with it. In fact, both my mom and my dad have some issues with “organized” religion.

My best friend went to church regularly though, as do her parents. They are very God-loving people, and they are also just WONDERFUL people. My friend had me go on a retreat with her, I was in 8th grade I believe. There was a speaker one night, and honestly… at one point I just sort of zoned out. But I had to have been hearing either his words or God’s words, and I believe God revealed himself to me, in the way that I needed. It’s sort of weird typing it out because honestly I have no real memory of it other than almost “waking up” when the speaker called out for those of us in the audience to accept Jesus as our savior and to stand if we did so. I stood.

I do find myself turned off by some of the aspects of religion, as in some of the practices or beliefs, but after that day I knew that God was there, and I have loved Him and believed in Him and Jesus ever since 🙂 I kind of follow a similar line of thinking as Sunfire… that God is out there and we should have a relationship with Him and cherish Him, but it’s PERFECTLY OK that there are other people out there who do so a little differently and call Him a different name!!! And have different stories about Him!

Post # 65
497 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@mrspanda99 I was always raised in church. As I got older, I started to question things and felt similar to how you feel. That logically this makes no sense. I went from going to church 5 days a week as a child to not at all when I had a choice in college. 

I will say that my turning point was that I was an adult I was being drawn back to church somehow — through a friend. My faith has been restored and renewed and it’s just that FAITH. But, honestly when I look at my life some of the things that have happened cannot just be coincidences. They are, in my opinion, part of a greater purpose and plan. 

Like the Bible says, Jesus works by faith not by sight. This is one of those things that you cannot put through the logic meter.

Post # 66
1427 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - parent\'s backyard

@MrsPanda99:  I was raised in a non-religious household, but in middle school I started hanging out with a pastor’s daughter, who I thought was really cool. I wanted to be just like her in every way. then when I joined her church, I developed big crushes on different (Christian) guys at different times. 

the different churches and youth groups I atteneded over the years were very evangelical and very high pressure. 

so, that’s where I feel my faith came from: wanting to be just like my peers, and succumbing to pressure. LOL, it cracks me up to think that I could be peer pressured into religion, but that’s basically what happened!

so…. that’s where my “faith” came from: the result of mob mentality, basically. I left the church after a few years, and I’m agnostic now. 

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