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Hard To Believe In God

I have difficulty in believing in God, I think it is a strong hold in my mind, I have asked for signs from God, I receive them but I find it hard to believe, and it is a daily struggle and I find it very hard to maintain my faith just in few seconds of prayer. What can I do?

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Luke wrote: "...they will only be save if they believe in Jesus Christ and His resurrection. All others will get justice for the sins they have committed."

What about those who never knew Jesus or of God? Never had any knowledge of Jesus or of God? Or never had access to a bible? But, yet, still had a love of others. Is God going to send these people to hell?
---Steveng on 2/11/17


2 Timothy 1:9 - Who has saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

Titus 2:5- Not by works of righteousness which we have done , but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost,
2:6 - Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
2:7 - That being justified by his Grace , we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life

James 2:26 - For as body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is also dead,

---RichardC on 2/11/17


If we believe not, yet He abideth faithful: He cannot deny Himself.
II Timothy 2:13

We all have are moments of weakness of faith, but it is than that we are reminded that although are faith often gets weak our Father is faithful to His promises, even when we doubt.

When the apostles ask Jesus to increase their faith, He answer a little faith is all we need, Luke 17:6. Jesus than goes on in the next 4 verses to tell us to do just as we are commanded, and remember we are unprofitable servants, Luke 17:7-10
---Jamea7799 on 2/11/17


Also to grow in faith one need to taste of the sincere Word and by doing so taste that the Lord is gracious, II Peter 2:2-3.

To overcome a stronghold think on good things, Philippians 4:8. And let the Holy Spirit renew your mind, Ephesians 4:23-24, Romans 12:1-2.

Romans 7:15-24 is something lousy to read if we stop there but when we read verse 25, we see that our hope is in Christ and allowing our minds to serve Him.

By recognizing that it is a strong hold in your mind let the Spirit to bring it into captivity to Christ, II Corinthians 10:3-5.

On your own it is impossible but with the Spirit help it can be done.
---Jamea7799 on 2/11/17


Here is the way you think:
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Luke,
Your god is not a loving god - without justice, without mercy.

What about the people who did good works without knowing Christ or the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, without knowing they were doing the will of God? Why have a second resurrection if everyone is going to hell?"


Steveng, My God is God. He has mercy on many who deserved justice. Those who are not going to be saved they will get what they deserve Justice.
No one does the will of God if they know not God. Many have done good works, but good works saves no one, they will only be save if they believe in Jesus Christ and His resurrection. All others will get justice for the sins they have committed.
---Luke on 2/10/17




Luke,
Your god is not a loving god - without justice, without mercy.

What about the people who did good works without knowing Christ or the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, without knowing they were doing the will of God? Why have a second resurrection if everyone is going to hell?

Remember: love, as in the verb form, is the ultimate commandment. God is judging those who have "love" in their hearts - and applied that love to others - to judge them to see if they qualify to populate the soon-to-come Kingdom of God.
---Steveng on 2/8/17


Steveng, those who will stand before God at the Great White Throne of Judgment are those who never put their faith in Christ. They will be judge by their works. All those sins they did in life will be what condemn's them.
All those who put their faith in Christ Jesus will not be at that judgment. They will be at the Judgment Seat Of Christ, where their bad works will be burned and they will get rewarded for their good works. They have already been redeemed. Christ took their punishment.
---Luke on 2/8/17


Luke wrote: "Steveng, you are so wrong in everything you said."

Thanks for the compliment.

Luke wrote: ""... because you have another gospel that I never heard of."

You would say that to Christ if he were on these blogs

Luke wrote: "Trying to be good without sin is impossible for any human being."

Re-read Revelation 20 - very slowly. God isn't only a God of love, but he is a just God that's why the second resurrection - raising all the other dead to be judged from the Book of Life according to their works. This is where the ultimate commandment is practiced.

Blessed are those that rise in the first resurrection.
---Steveng on 2/7/17


ohn 6:37 - All that the Father giveth me shall come to me : him that cometh to I will not cast out.
All being whole human race ? or All of God chosen, elect - If God wanted to save the whole humans race - could he or couldn't he , Right there is your answer !
---RichardC on 2/5/17

Agreeing to this, that our GOD is different from all other non gods that men make or worship. GOD chooses, we don't choose him.
Joh_6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
Joh_6:65... Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.
---Trav on 2/7/17


MarkV, how totally UNclever . One thing For sure about Calvinists is that they LOVE misrepresenting not only people but scripture. They are the masters of confusion and misrepresentation. That must be why they all have to change their names over and over after getting thrown off CN. They hate anyone who believes in FREE WILL. And will stop at nothing to smear those who do. As an outspoken Christian AGAINST the false doctrine of Calvinism, it is not surprising all this hate from MarkV, Aservant and John. It's expected of them. They are taught to fight this way. But this is not how the Lord asks us to stand for truth. They fight in the flesh, because they are still in the flesh.
---kathr4453 on 2/7/17




Steveng, you are so wrong in everything you said. You did not get one right. Neither did Kathr. Then she talks about John and how much hate he has, which is the opposite, she is the one who spreads hate everywhere she answers if what you answer is not to her liking. You Steven are not like her. You just have your answers wrong because you have another gospel that I never heard of. Remember one thing, Jesus is the only way to heaven. Trying to be good without sin is impossible for any human being. Only Jesus was without sin. No one is good enough to enter heaven. Especially without Christ Jesus.
---Luke on 2/7/17


So, john9346, are you calling God a liar, a hypocrite?

Your Father in heaven causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

God gives people the opportunity to repent not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. Everyone has a chance to repent.

However, God will not ignore sin, for He is a God of justice. Sin cannot go unpunished forever. He is a just and merciful God that's why the second resurrection.

And what about those who do the will of God, not knowing they are doing the will of God, but doesn't believe in God? That's another reason why the second resurrection.
---Steveng on 2/6/17


Mark 16:15

15 And He said to them, Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.


ALL and EVERY. I love that. It's stated so simply. Yet some want to make it so complicated. The simplicity that is in Christ Jesus. The LOrd never asked us to over think this, or to explain it away, by some foolery doctrine.

He simply asked us to do something and we are to simply obey.

In the end, every creature will know For God so loved the world HE GAVE. Man's job is to receive that Gift of salvation. Salvation forced on you is not a gift.
---kathr4453 on 2/6/17


God does love His creation, even those who crucified Him...saying Father forgive them for they know not what they do. Jesus laid down His life for ALL SINNERS. Not only for us but for the sin of the whole world.

We are even asked to LOVE our enemies. How could the Lord ask US to do something g He doesn't already do.

Perhaps it's John that does not fully understand that God is LOVE.

Example : I love you John even thoug you slandered and attacked and took comments out of context to try to hurt me...called hate. But I don't hate you for that, only pity you for such tactics. My prayer is that you repent and mature in Christ.
---kathr4453 on 2/6/17


Hello Readers,

Matt 5, Prov 16, prov 24, and Rom 12 when understood in context no where teaches that, "God loves ALL his creation, every person, even the sinners."

On the contrary, Rom 3:10-18, 8:7-8, Eph 2:1-9 states the "Conditon of Sinners."

The Scriptures also makes a distinction in that all are God's Creation,however, all are not God's Children...
Jn
---john9346 on 2/5/17


John 6:37 - All that the Father giveth me shall come to me : him that cometh to I will not cast out.


All being whole human race ? or All of God chosen, elect - If God wanted to save the whole humans race - could he or couldn't he , Right there is your answer !
---RichardC on 2/5/17


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God loves ALL his creation, every person, even the sinners. He doesn't want anyone to die. God treats his enemies as the christians:

Romans 12:14
Proverbs 24:17
Romans 12:20
Matthew 5:43-48
Proverbs 16:7
Matthew 5:11-12

There will be two resurrections: first, true chrisitans who follow Christ and who are resurrected at the first resurrection at the beginning of the thousand year reign of Christ and, second, the rest of the people at the second resurrection at t he end of the thousand year reign of Christ who didn't believe in Christ, but did good works and will be judged from the Book of Life.

Blessed are those the rise in the first resurrection.
---Steveng on 2/5/17


The "Scriptures." state that sinners are dead. Dead people can not and do not make choices.

"And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins,"

"But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,"

"Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved,)"

Eph 2:1, 4-5

---john9346 on 2/5/17


God loves the elect, those who will be called and those He has called already. He will not let one of them be lost. Jesus guarantee's it, when He gives us the Holy Spirit.
What about those who hate God? Well, they have to pay for their hate towards Christ.
The whole world will not be saved.

---Luke on 12/15/16
---john9346 on 2/5/17


What makes you wrongly assume you are harming me?

I'm not afraid of what man does or says for he can destroy only this body. I am afraid of God who can destroy the body AND the soul.

What I post is based upon my fifty plus years meditating on the words of God and the guidance by the Holy Spirit - not from man's interpretations from man-made denominational churches. What I post you can take it or leave it. You should meditate on what I write with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

God's command is simple - "love" (as in the verb form). God wants to populate his soon-to-come kingdom by judging your heart and HOW you apply the love he teaches, not your membership in a denomination.
---Steveng on 2/4/17


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Did God control you to make your decision to repent?
---Steveng on 1/31/17

After meditating on my actions in these blogs, I have realized that I have harmed you.

I have acted in anger towards you, against your right to your opinions and beliefs. I have acted despicably. I was wrong to do so.

I do not deserve your forgiveness. With God's help, I will not do it again to you.

I would like to continue to correspond with you. But if you do not wish to, I understand.
---Mark_Eaton on 2/1/17


Steveng

Romans 10:17 - So then Faith cometh by hearing by the word of God,


( If God wanted to save All, Then All would have to of heard the Bible, Not all in the past and I read as much as 50% of the world today has not heard or read the bible, Then how can the gift be for All ? )

Philippians 2:13 - For it is God which worketh in you both to will and do of his Good pleasure,

2 Peter 2:9 - The lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished,
---RichardC on 1/31/17


2 Peter 3 was written to the Elect believers who were all ready save not going to be save.

Sinners are dead and dead people can't make choices.

Only the living make choices which is only brought about by God's Own Freedom to choose whom he will...
---john9346 on 1/31/17


Luke wrote: "Second, it is God who saves individuals, when He wants to save them. It is not up to the individual, it is up to God. He is in control of all things, even your own salvation."

God wants ALL people to be saved. Timothy 2 God doesn't want anyone to perish, but come to the knowledge of truth. 2 Peter

Therefore, Luke, It's up to the individual to take the first step to repentance. God does not control a person to repent, but he want the individual to come to him on his own. Did God control you to make your decision to repent?
---Steveng on 1/31/17


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Second, it is God who saves individuals, when He wants to save them. It is not up to the individual, it is up to God. He is in control of all things, even your own salvation.
---Luke on 1/30/17

Luke, amen brother...
amen amen and amen...



---john9346 on 1/31/17


To Oyinkan:

Spending time reading the Bible will strengthen your faith (Romans 10:17). Only God reveals the truth to us (James 1:5). No need to despair when you sincerely desire to obey Jesus Christ Jeremiah 33:3!

Indeed, read the Gospels to know what God (Jesus Christ) is telling you! It will be hard to comprehend God's Word if you are not an authentic believer in Christ Jesus!
---Jean_Muller on 1/30/17


Steveng, you shock me when you say you are a teacher. Maybe a school teacher, but not a ministry teacher I hope. If you are, then no wonder so many do know the gospel at all. Just to teach you something today, we are not under the law. Maybe that is why you have so many thing wrong.
Second, it is God who saves individuals, when He wants to save them. It is not up to the individual, it is up to God. He is in control of all things, even your own salvation.
---Luke on 1/30/17


Luke wrote: "...fifty years and you are still on milk.

There you go again, assuming way too much. And you are trespassing the ninth commandment.

Luke wrote: "That is why I said you need some one to disciple you."

Just to let you know, I was discipled every day during my first year. Then every other day one year. After that I became a teacher.

There is only one essential, one commandment above all others - LOVE (as in the verb form). God grades everyone's heart based upon this one essential not as a member of a denomination. This is how he will judge us to populate his soon-to-come kingdom. The bible is full of examples on HOW to love, but it seems it's evaporating from the face of the Earth.
---Steveng on 1/29/17


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Steveng, fifty years and you are still on milk. That is why I said you need some one to disciple you. Think about it, you do not believe that Jesus Christ is God. Then who do you say He is? If He is not God then He must be someone else in your mind. Who do you say He is? I do assume a lot when you answer the way you do.
You condemn all churches and say they do not teach correctly but your little church at home is suppose to be the only holy place you accept. Who do they teach Jesus is?
---Luke on 1/26/17


Luke wrote: "... but if someone judges you, you get upset."

You assume way too much. What makes you believe that I get upset?

Luke wrote: "I said you could not be saved since you do not know the Christ we worship."

And what Christ do you worship?

Luke wrote: "You are at the door of the Jehovah Witnesses."

There you go again, assuming too much.

Luke wrote: "You need someone to disciple you and teach you the Truth on the essentials of the Christian faith."

I've been a bible believing christian for over fifty years and there is only one essential - Love (as in the verb form). The bible is full of examples.
---Steveng on 1/25/17


oyinkan: It seems to me that it is hard NOT to believe in God. Look around you. What do you see? Physical reality! Life! Where did it all come from? Did it magically appear from nothing in a Big Bang, and self-organize into galaxies of stars and planets contrary to the known laws of physics. Did life create itself contrary to our understanding of math and science on an extremely rare Goldilocks planet, where temperature, air, water and food are conducive to life?

Consider the complexity of life in the DNA of the simplest of organisms. There is too much elegance of design to be the result of random chance. There MUST be a designer.

Your heritage goes all the way back to God Himself - not to some magic rocks.

---Jerry6593 on 1/25/17


6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:

7 Which is not another, but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.

8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

9 As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
---john9346 on 1/24/17


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Steveng, I do not want to judge you but you judge those who do not worship or attend a home church as you do. You can do that but if someone judges you, you get upset.
I said you could not be saved since you do not know the Christ we worship.
You are at the door of the Jehovah Witnesses.
A person is not saved if he believes in another Christ other then the One of Scripture.
You need someone to disciple you and teach you the Truth on the essentials of the Christian faith.
But when someone teaches you, you need to be ready to listen and believe.
As for a Church to go to, it took me a long time to find a good teaching church. So many are bad. And we will always have bad ones because they differ in doctrines from each other.
---Luke on 1/24/17


You can start by taking time everyday reading the Bible.
You can also get in a room by yourself and start speaking to God about how you feel.
By writing to this website, you are interested in changing your mindset. Read the book of Psalms and the book of Proverbs. Read a chapter of each everyday. Take your time. Believe what you read and your mind will change.
You will be so glad you did this!
---Beverly on 1/24/17


And you are the judge?
---Steveng on 1/23/17

Steveng my friend, The Lord Jesus Christ is your judge and here is what he said, "Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins, for unless you believe that [a]I am He, you will die in your sins."

Sir, the word, "I Am He." is a Direct Statement of "Deity."

Now with this understanding notice, what the Lord Jesus stated, "unless you believe that [a]I am He, you will die in your sins."
---john9346 on 1/24/17


Some translations of Philippians 2:6 translate, "who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,"
---mike4879 on 1/23/17


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"The only way to the Father is through the Son." This would mean there are two gods.
---Steveng on 1/22/17

You do not understand the relationship of Jesus and the Father.

Look at this verse, it helps explain:

John 14:20 " In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you".

You see, we can only get to the Father, thru Jesus, who is in the Father.

Jesus also tells us why you are having a hard time understanding:

Matt 11:27 "...and no one knows the Son except the Father, nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him"

You cannot know the Father unless the Son reveals Him to you.
---Mark_Eaton on 1/23/17


Luke wrote: "Steveng, as I said before, you are not learning nothing about the truth at your private meetings. You need to join a good teaching church."

And which "church" do you suggest? Orthodox? Catholic? Lutheran? Baptist? Protestant? Each of your worldly, man-made churches have their own rituals, traditions, ways of living and interpretations of the bible. Not even within the same denomination. There is not one in mind. Is Christ divided?

The "church" is not a building or denomination made by man's hands. The "church" ARE the christians.

Luke wrote: "Also, you say Jesus is not God, then by your own admission, you are not saved."

And you are the judge?
---Steveng on 1/23/17


Amen Luke,

sinners are dead and unless God be gracious to them they will perish...
---john9346 on 1/23/17


Steveng, as I said before, you are not learning nothing about the truth at your private meetings. You need to join a good teaching church.
If you are born of the Spirit, then you have resurrected from death to life. Now that you are being made alive, you are now spiritually alive to Christ. You now have Christ as your Mediator. You can talk to God and He will hear you. If born of the Spirit, you are spiritually made alive. Resurrected from death to life, that is one resurrection. When the Second Coming of Christ comes, we will be glorified. When I say "we" I mean believers in Christ.
Also, you say Jesus is not God, then by your own admission, you are not saved. Jesus is the Christ. I will continue:
---Luke on 1/23/17


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#2 Steveng, my God is God. And your mind is not one mind with all Christians.
"Let this mind be in you which also in Christ Jesus, who in the form of God did not consider it robbery to be equal to God" Phil. 2:6.
Here the word "form" Paul used the word that specifically denote the essential, unchanging character of something -what it is in and of itself. He was equal in all His attributes, and character. The Holy Spirit also has the same attributes and character. Why? because there is three Persons of the Trinity. We have a Triune God.
God came as a man. At His birth He was name Jesus. He was always Christ. That is why He is Jesus "the Christ."
---Luke on 1/23/17


Another point that Jesus is not God. "The only way to the Father is through the Son." This would mean there are two gods.
---Steveng on 1/22/17

This is another point that you are confusing the Lord Jesus's 2-natures and trying to make them be in conflict with each other which "Scripture." harmonizes the 2-natures of the Lord Jesus Christ they are not in conflict with each other...




---john9346 on 1/23/17


Luke wrote: "Steveng, there is many good loving people out there, that do great deeds in life. That does not make them good in the eyes of God."

Then your god is not the God of Abraham, Jacob and Isaac for God is a merciful God who will judge all the other dead, who were not raise in the first resurrection, according to their works. Revelation 20

Why have a second resurrection if God only wanted the people who rose in the first resurrection?


Another point that Jesus is not God. "The only way to the Father is through the Son." This would mean there are two gods.
---Steveng on 1/22/17


Very likely, it would be helpful to you if you would look at "God" in a generic manner (the creator is non-sectarian and a cosmic reality).

It would also be helpful to realize that the words and expressions used THEN are not the same manner of speaking today (Jesus THEN spoke in FIGURES OF SPEECH and philosophical expression...

In Acts 17, Paul spoke to the Athenians (centuries earlier, the Athenians learned about good peaceful and righteous living from SOCRATES). Paul didn't mention Jesus's name or any details of our faith about the crucifixion. Jesus often spoke to us with a FIGURATIVE 'poetic license'.

Jhn 16:25 "I have said this to you in figures,
---faithforfaith on 1/21/17


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Yes, divisions are pretty endless. I do not see that believers are much being led by the Spirit these days. Rather, we are creatures of habit. It would be TRULY NICE though if it were so. Everyone could use a good dose of the Holy Spirit day and night be it visions or dreams or what have you. Only the proof is in the pudding!
---mike4879 on 1/20/17


Steveng, there's a lot of churches out there. That does not mean Jesus is divided. It only means that some do not agree with another teaching. It is up to you to find a good church. And the only way you can know is, if you have faith in Jesus Christ, that means if you are saved to begin with. Born of the Spirit. If you are not, then you will be making a choice depended on what you like, not where the Spirit wants to lead you to. Believers are guided by the Spirit.

Second, all those born of the Spirit are believers and will go to the Judgment Seat of Christ. This is for rewards. All those not born of the Spirit, who do not have faith in Jesus Christ, will go to the Great White Throne of Judgment, to be sentenced. They are already guilty.
---Luke on 1/20/17


Steveng, there is many good loving people out there, that do great deeds in life. That does not make them good in the eyes of God. They are at enmity against God. In China there is many very good people without faith in Jesus Christ, they are lost, spiritually dead people, they too have to go to the Great White Throne of Judgment for sentencing. That is the reason we sent missionaries to China. Too many people without Christ.
It is not about how good we are but whether we have faith in Jesus Christ. I am talking about real faith, with a contrite heart.
As to the blog question, it is not until God opens a lost persons eyes and ears, and give them a new heart that a lost person will understand the things of God and respond to Him.
---Luke on 1/20/17


Luke,
What about people who do the will of God, but does know it's the will of God. What about people who apply the love God taught us, but does know it's from God. It's these people that God will judge at the end of the thousand years who was found in the Book of Life.


Luke wrote "You probably need to join a good church that can teach you the Truth."

And what "church" of the over sixty thousand different worldly denominational churches do you suppose I join to learn the truth? Is Christ divided?

If a person found and read the bible and believed everything in it without being a member of a denominational church, does that person go to heaven or hell?
---Steveng on 1/18/17


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God says that you really do know about Him .

Rom 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from Heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,
Rom 1:19 because the thing which may be known of God is clearly revealed within them, for God revealed it to them.
Rom 1:20 For the unseen things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being realized by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, for them to be without excuse.
Rom 1:21 Because, knowing God . . . they became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
---aservant on 1/17/17


Luke wrote: "No one lost resurrects to eternal life. they need to be born again of the Spirit in order for eternal life."

There are two resurrections. One at the beginning of the thousand year reign of Christ where the dead in Christ shall rise and the living shall be caught up with the dead.

The second resurrection is at the end of the thousand year reign of Christ where all the other dead shall rise and be judged from the Book of Life according to their works - some to everlasting death, some to everlasting life.

Blessed are those that rise in the first resurrection.
---Steveng on 1/17/17


Steveng, you say,
"In an extreme example when an unbeliever is in a life or death situation he calls out to God even though he doesn't believe in God."
Steveng, at no time does someone who is lost calls on the name of the Lord. The lost are spiritually dead. A sinner has to be spiritually alive in order to call out to God. That's basic.
Second you say:
By the way, some unbelievers will be resurrected to eternal life."
No one lost resurrects to eternal life. they need to be born again of the Spirit in order for eternal life.
You probably need to join a good church that can teach you the Truth.
---Luke on 1/17/17


Keep walking. Listen to Christian music. Find something to do where you help other people. There are many good books that can help you build up your faith.

Pray don't stop pray though you don't feel like praying. Pray anyway.

Go out in nature. Look at the trees the mountains the flowers.
---Samuelbb7 on 1/16/17


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Luke,

Amen brother...
---john9346 on 1/15/17


Luke wrote "Steveng, how can a person apply their love to God if they do not believe there is a God? Hello?
How can anyone pray to God if they do not believe there is a God?
How can anyone expect an answer from God if they do not believe there is a God?"

If you don't know this answer, then you are not well verses in the bible.

God shines when one applies love to others.

In an extreme example when an unbeliever is in a life or death situation he calls out to God even though he doesn't believe in God.

By the way, some unbelievers will be resurrected to eternal life.
---Steveng on 1/15/17


Steveng says:
"oyinkan,

Apply your love - to God and to others.


Steveng, how can a person apply their love to God if they do not believe there is a God? Hello?
How can anyone pray to God if they do not believe there is a God?
How can anyone expect an answer from God if they do not believe there is a God?

There is many who do not believe there is a God or even believe there was a Jesus. And they will continue that way unless God comes into their hearts and opens their spiritual eyes, and gives them spiritual ears. It is God who does this on a sinner. That is why He takes the glory.
---Luke on 1/14/17


Trust God about this.

One thing I think of is that our character has a lot to do with what we believe. So, in case we have trouble believing what is good, we need how God changes us > Hebrews 12:4-11.

And faith is not only belief > our Apostle Paul says we need >

"faith working through love." (in Galatians 5:6)

Jesus says, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me." (in Luke 9:23)

Our self stuff can get in the way of believing the way Jesus means, and loving any and all people the way He pleases > Matthew 5:46.

Matthew 11:28-30 > Jesus gives us "rest for your souls" < this comes with His way of believing.
---Bill on 1/10/17


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oyinkan,

Apply your love - to God and to others.

Denominational Christians know the meaning of love, but don't know how to 'personally' apply it. They have the knowledge of God, but deny his power. These counterfeit christians depend upon their denominational "churches" and their government to feed the poor, for instance, saying that they give money to the church. When one applies this love on a personal level that's when true love shines.

To love God, obey his commandments. To love others apply the same love God and Jesus showed to others by reading how it's done (in the bible).

God shows himself when you PERSONALLY APPLY your love.
---Steveng on 1/8/17


"What can I do?" Oyinkan relax, stop trying to muster the belief in your own strength or force of will and allow the Father to do for you that which you can not do for yourself. It is the work of God, that you 'believe' (adhere to, trust in, rely) on Him whom who He has sent. For it is given unto you, in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to 'suffer', (feel or undergo these irritating emotional sensations), for His sake.
---josef on 1/7/17


It is obvious that there is a...CREATOR. Many people have an uneasiness about the word "GOD", it is treated as a NAME and is associated with its proprietary DOGMA and blind/unthinking robotic behavior.

The word "GOD" refers to a person's lifestyle GOAL and motivation (will they achieve selfish desire). It is a title/label,but the word is not a NAME.

Understanding that there is a creator who is reasonable and logical that doesn't make demands of us or require certain behavior beyond abstention from murder, etc. might be easier for you to believe....give the creator a chance.
---faithfo4rfith on 1/6/17


What I find difficult to believe, is that there are people who see all that exists and all the detail and think it accidental and all chance...Mike

Mike
I agree, but God says "Seek and ye shall find".

This is why I gave the parable about the Mustard Seed "Which is indeed the least of all seeds." The evidence that God exists is overwhelming, but the evidence through which our faith is created, is given to those who seek him.

The mountain of evidence proving there was a God, didn't make me believe in him. It was the very moment I mentioned earlier, that caused me to believe. It really was very little proof, but it is the very seed which created the faith I have today.
---David on 1/6/17


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The traditional teaching is that we need m"FAITH" in order to honor/worship God properly and have eternal life (the goal), but that's not true.

We need to have a "FAITH for faith" (centuries of improper and faulty teaching need to be corrected).

Rom 1:17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed through FAITH FOR FAITH,

We cannot simply CHOOSE to have God's spirit in us, it must be our way of life.
---faithforfaith on 1/4/17


What I find difficult to believe, is that there are people who see all that exists and all the detail and think it accidental and all chance. How impossible! Such detail is not accidental. DO YOU LEAN towards being an Agnostic or do you lean towards being an Atheist? You write that you receive signs from God just as you pray, yet still not believe. I find that remarkable. A fool says in his heart, there is no God. (Psalm 14:1) and ( Psalm 53:1) Look more around you. Scientists cannot catch up with God. There is an infinite detail in every thing. How can any one teach it is accidental?
---mike4879 on 1/4/17


Oyinkan,

You admit faith, but trouble maintaining that faith. Also, you have asked God, indicating a belief. Is it the signs you question rather than God? I dont see desiring to be sure that something is purely of God as wrong or lack of faith, but in some cases might be wise, desiring to know truth.

Perhaps rather than seek signs, seek Him, who has, gives and is truth
---chria9396 on 1/4/17


Oyinkan
I felt the same way for the first 24 years of my life. I was taken to church as a child, baptized when I was ten, but still doubted the existence of God.

Then at 24, I needed Gods help. Though I hadn't prayed in years and felt foolish when I did pray, I dropped once again to my knees and asked God for some financial help, to pay a bill.

After this prayer, I got up still feeling quite foolish. Then, at the very moment I got to my feet, my phone rang. When I answered, an acquaintance of mine was on the other end, completely oblivious to my needs, asked me to do some work for him. The pay he offered, was the exact amount of money I needed to pay that bill.

It became the seed of my faith. Matthew 13:31-32
---David on 1/4/17


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CCC Part 4:
Christian Prayer Section 1: Prayer in the Christian life

Ch 3: The Life of Prayer Article 2 The Battle of Prayer

2728
Finally, our battle has to confront what we experience as failure in prayer: discouragement during periods of dryness, sadness that, because we have "great possessions,"15 we have not given all to the Lord, disappointment over not being heard according to our own will, wounded pride, stiffened by the indignity that is ours as sinners, our resistance to the idea that prayer is a free and unmerited gift, and so forth. The conclusion is always the same: what good does it do to pray? To overcome these obstacles, we must battle to gain humility, trust, and perseverance.
---Nicole_Lacey on 1/3/17


Faith is a gift. Pray for the gift of faight

Happy New Year!
---Cluny on 1/3/17


Oyinkan said, ""I have difficulty in believing in God,"

Oyinkan, this is what I know concerning God, He is the One who grants faith to individuals. If you do not have faith in someone you cannot see, it is because of God. Once you have that faith, you will request something from God knowing that God will answer your prayer if that is His will for your life.
"For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in Him but also suffer for His sake." Philippians 1:29.
"for by grace you have been saved through faith, and this not of your own doing, it is the gift of God not because of works, lest any man should boast"
Eph. 2:8,9.
---Luke on 1/3/17


Oyinkan said, "I have difficulty in believing in God, I think it is a strong hold in my mind, I have asked for signs from God, I receive them but I find it hard to believe, and it is a daily struggle and I find it very hard to maintain my faith just in few seconds of prayer. What can I do?

William Lane Craig once said, "Its not more evidence we need its what will we do with the evidence we all ready have."

So, what are you doing with the evidence you have before you, the "Scriptures." and nature.
---john9346 on 1/3/17


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THE "god" we are to be mindful of (the bankers, etc. are mindful of their gods of materialism) is God ETERNAL ("I am who *I am", Exodus 3:14 -15). He is the CREATOR who sent Jesus to purify our flesh (on the cross) and provided His living divine Spirit to purify our conscience.

To each of us, God should not be EXTERNAL, He should be INTERNAL (His spirit in the inner man).

We are not to honor Him with LIP SERVICE and patronizing flattery (Isaiah 29:13) nor fear Him, we are to love Him as our heavenly FATHER (we should not be slaves or servants, but SONS of His).

If what you've been taught does not make sense to you, try loving Him as your FATHER and His BEGOTTEN son as your BROTHER (honor Him PROPERLY).
---faithforfaith on 1/3/17


Take a walk around outside and look at God's Awesome creation. Look at the sky, clouds, sun and creatures during the daytime. See how the creatures don't evolve and only reproduce after their own mind.

Look at the moon and stars at night.
---Rob on 1/3/17


I too struggle. I am confident in existence of God and in intelligent design and an Intelligent Designer, but I will like more from God. I don't believe this great detail is accidental or by chance. Yet I am not enjoying things and don't have the relationship I will like with God.
---mike4879 on 1/3/17


it might because that you are too nervous. Maybe, the way to be released is to accept the cross.
---ds on 1/3/17


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