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Can't Believe In The Bible

I desperately want to believe. I did until we started learning about this crazy mythology and I thought well in Christianity virgins give birth, whales eat men, and snakes talk. I havn't been able to since. I'm 18 and I tried everything to believe. I just want to be able to believe! Please help me!

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 ---Nicole on 8/1/09
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tom2: "as has been said,and scripture tells us,knowing God exists is not knowing God. Satan and his demons know God exists.The bible tells us faith comes from hearing the word,so keep listening."

It also says that faith, without works, is dead faith. There must be a time when listening must be reduced and DOING increased. The apostles stopped learning, stopped listening to Jesus, and started DOING what Jesus taught - to spread the word of the Kingdom of God and how to get there. They taught and performed miracles greater than Jesus. They were not allowed to bring written materials with them for the Holy Spirit worked through them. Christians today have the same ability.
---Steveng on 8/6/09

as has been said,and scripture tells us,knowing God exists is not knowing God. Satan and his demons know God exists.The bible tells us faith comes from hearing the word,so keep listening.
---tom2 on 8/6/09

Pastor_Herb: "There is more to believing than believing. What you need is salvation."

There is a huge difference between BELIEVING in God and KNOWING him. Any fool can believe He exists, but a person who knows He exists will do anything for him. Even Satan believes He exists, and even knows He exists, but what does it take to become a real christian? The difference is by DOING. Do not be only hearers of the Word, but doers because faith without works is dead faith. Most christians know that they must LOVE, but just don't know how to LOVE. Do an online KJV bible search for "one another," "each other," and encourag."
---Steveng on 8/5/09

Pastor_Herb: "Find you a good independent Baptist church and have a talk withe the pastor."

Denominational "churches" can be detrimental to a christian's faith. Paul says not to let others spoil your faith and joy with their philosophies, their wrong and shallow answers built on men's thoutghts and ideas. And that's what these denominational "churches" teach because each one has it's own traditions, ways of living, and interpretations of the bible.

A big deception of "churches" today make christians believe that not attending their church leads a person to hell. They make you believe that you can have a personal relationship with God through their church. Hogwash.
---Steveng on 8/5/09

If you believe your house is on fire, you are taking action to get out of the house and call the fire department. Like this, believing in Jesus means we are acting on what we believe. Do we believe Jesus is good, and how He on earth has lived and loved is good? If we really believe this, we are following His example, getting into loving like He has done. So, then, our faith is "faith working through love," as Paul has given in Galatians 5:6.
---Bill_bila5659 on 8/5/09

It is a walk of faith, if you truly want to believe in the bible you really need to seek out JESUS and no body else. Christians are only here to show you the way, the Holy Spirit will give you the understanding.... without faith we as Christians are nothing.I can show you the way but, you have to make the effort to trust in the WORD of GOD. Not everything is meant for us to understand
---Robert on 8/5/09

There are many great comments here. Let me add what I hope are few more.
The most important question is what one does with Jesus Christ in their heart.
We should not worship the Bible. The Bible reveals the person of Jesus Christ. One of my sayings that I got from Mark Twain is, "Don't let what I don't understand confuse what I do understand."
I have been following Christ for many years, and some of the things I read in the Bible challenges my understanding of it, but my belief in Christ is firm.
Here's a suggestion: Pray an honest pray to God and tell Him your doubts, tell Him your questions, and tell Him that you want to understand. Ask Him to reveal Christ to you.
---Rod on 8/5/09

Nicole, What you need to do is read the Gospel accounts to see what they say about Jesus and His Deity, asking God to show you His truth. Do you believe that ALL of us are born in sin and need a saviour to restore us to a right relation with God? The main concern is what you do with Jesus, do you accept Him as Lord and Saviour or do you reject that? The Bible is clear on this issue and it will determine your final destiny. Don't worry so much about "talking snakes" and "whales swallowing men", Look to Jesus who alone is able to save you.
---tommy3007 on 8/4/09

As you said, there are many/some things in scripture that will simply not make complete sense to us. Most of these really have no bearing at all on a true Godly love devotion or our salvation (they SHOULD be disregarded). God speaks "heavenly spiritual" language. Bible translators have tried to put it in "human" language and have not always been very successful, but all we really need be concerned about is Jesus's life on earth, what He did for us on the cross, and how we each can live in a Godly manner while having a deep ("more excellent", 1 Corin. 12:31) devotion to Him.

Have a "faith for faith" (Romans 1:17) and a relationship based on "the greatast of these" (1 Corin. 13:13).
---more_excellent_way on 8/4/09

There is more to believing than believing. What you need is salvation. You need to accept Jesus as you savior. Find you a good independent Baptist church and have a talk withe the pastor.
---Pastor_Herb on 8/4/09

Most christians today are only hearers of the Word. This is what denominational "churches" teach. To most christians the bible is not alive because they are only hearers. This is why most are leaving the "church." Most christians do not know how to make their faith come alive.

Make your faith come alive by first doing an online KJV bible search for "one another," "each other," and "encourag" because living a christian life is a 24/7 lifestyle - not a once a week pep talk dished out by denominational "churches" which are detrimental to the christian faith. And then go out into the world and DO what you learned from your search.
---Steveng on 8/3/09

First, get it straight. One virgin gave birth. It only happened once, and will never happen again. You probably believe you breathe air, but you can't see it. People tell you it is there. You can't see the wind, but you can see the effects of it & sometimes hear it. Faith is what you need to exercise. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Reading & studying the Bible for example.
---Betty on 8/3/09

Well Doctors today can get a women pregnant who never slept with a man. So there can be Virgin births today. Are you saying men can accomplish things GOD cannot do.

Men have been swallowed by Sperm Whales and lived. But the bible speaks of GOD creating a special fish. One just for this purpose. If GOD is real why can't he make a fish?

The snake is used by Satan it is Satan speaking using the snake like a dummy.

I have had doubts also. But there is so much truth in the bible I cannot forsake GOD just becasuse I do not know all the answers.
---Samuel on 8/3/09

Do you still believe God exist?
If so...
This might also sound strange...
Start over.
You are actually in a Good place.
Instead of studing mythology,
study the Ancient Hebrew,Greek,Aramaic,pictrographs...for the Word.
There are many idioms,figure of speech,etc..

If you still believe he exist...
God himself will teach and make himself known to you.

Everything you believed that is not God's words...
will fail.
God will confirm his Words.

Start from the beginning.
He will teach by His Spirit.
Aleph:1st letter of Ancient Hebrew
The basic gematria for Aleph is ONE,indicating...
The ONE and ONLY GOD...
Beautiful study etc...
---char on 8/3/09

Luke 1:37 For with God nothing shall be impossible. Look at this verse, God is a supernatural being unlike us. Our knowlege is foolish at God sight. 1 Cor.3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. Pls. pray to God, and tell him you earnest desire to believe. Bec. it is God who change a persons heart, he alone can open the eyes of sinner Ezekiel 36:25

---ROSALIE on 8/2/09

Nicole, what is truly important is that you "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, believe in your heart that God hath raised him from the dead, [and] you shall be saved. For with the heart man believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. He that believes on the Son of God has the witness in himself: he that believes not God, has made him a liar, because he believes not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son." Belief in this context, is reliance, trust, dependence and adherence to Jesus as the manifested Word of God, which is a choice, yield to His empowerment and rest.
---Josef on 8/3/09

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The intimacy of God's peace is more than you can know belief to be > look for more than what you think it is to believe. Trust God to make you who you can be (o:

"casting all your care upon Him,
. . . for He cares for you." (1 Peter 5:7)

Cast on Him this care of yours, Nicole.

Think of how Jesus considered it necessary for Him to so suffer like He did. He knew where we could go if we do not follow Him, and so He was quite convinced that it was worthwhile for Him to suffer like that, in order to make sure we don't go there.

And Jesus wants to share His own with us, of peace and joy with love that lasts.
---Bill_bila5659 on 8/2/09

Mat 6:26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

Men will try to explain away God! Men, also paints a very good picture!
Now, he can even explain, how the big bang came about, all without leaving his chair.
You believe this right?

Until, he tries to paint the starting point, that which was first!
Always ask this! What was first! This is where you will find your answers!
Have you ever wonder why, cant anyone answer this?
The answer is, because, there is nothing before God!
There is no knowledge, before him!
The truth is the truth!
God Bless!
---TheSeg on 8/2/09

First the bible isn't a myth.Now the greek gods and goddess's are myths.There was only one virgin that gave birth in the bible.God created this earth and us.All of nature too.In the bible that Mary had the virgin birth,when the holy spirit(Spirit of God)went in to her.It is easy to believe and know the bible is real and true if you truly accepted Jesus Christ as lord and savior into your heart and life,and sincerely,truly mean it.Jesus is the only way to heaven.So i would say you need to go to a good church,talk to a pastor or someone you know that is a godly christian that you can talk to Then start reading the bible,studying it,praying,and pray for the lord to show you things as you read the bible and help you learn the truth.
---angea on 8/2/09

Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. You cannot believe if you do not know what the Bible says about you, and God. I suggest you start reading the Bible, even studying it. You can google the Precepts website and find a good Bible study near you. There you will not only learn the Bible, but also meet some people who do believe and can help you learn what you need to learn.

God bless.
---Trish9863 on 8/1/09

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I went to church for many years and now have the same problem. Look up the skeptics Bible online. Also look up the real sea scrolls. Back in history they were translated by the Catholics who used their "translations" to manipulate and extort people. If you could find the seascrolls and somehow translate them yourself, maybe you could believe easier.
---amand6348 on 8/1/09

nicole,pray to God for faith.Remember that the apostles were real men,who spent 3 yeaqrs with jesus. they saw him perform many miracles,including raising the dead,and saw him after his resurection,then watched him ascend into heaven.I believe it was peter who wrote that not by the words of men,but that they were eyewitnesses to the glory and resurrection of jesus.Paul speaks of some 500 people still living who saw jesus after his crucifiction.And the hews of the day admitt that the body was gone.Remember God can do anything,even have a whale swallow a man,and satan can possess a snake,and the old testament prophecy about the virgin birth is not impossible for the holy spirit.
---tom2 on 8/1/09

Nicole....History records that Jesus Christ died on a cross. That is not mythology. He died for all of our sins.
---SusieB on 8/1/09

Try asking Jesus for wisdom. But you have to do it with sincerity. And by the way, your path may require many decades of darkness before you truly believe.
---stephen on 8/1/09

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Nicole - To each person is given a measure of faith. Ask God to increase your faith. Also, it is important to know if it is TRUTH or not. Just because you study mythology, does NOT make it TRUTH. Truth is found ONLY in God's Word. Ask yourself if you would bet (gamble) your life and eternal soul on it or not. If the answer is no, then it is NOT truth. God's Word is the ONLY thing you can bet your life and eternal soul on, and come out a winner at ALL times.
---Leslie on 8/1/09

Parthenogenesis occurs in even a few mammalian species. What's unusual is that generally the offspring are all female, but in the case of a particular mammal (which one escapes me), some of them are male!

There are relatively modern equivalents to Jonah--people who have been swallowed by whales or sharks.

BTW--nowhere does the Bible say it was a whale. This is a popular misconception. Have you actually READ the Book of Jonah? Or the significane that Christ gives to the story?
---Cluny on 8/1/09

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