ConfusedI believe that there is a God. Many people like to use modern science as a means of disproving Christianity, but that just doesn't cut it for me. I am fully aware of and cannot deny the theory of evolution - the evidence is outstanding. And of course the earth isn't just 6000 years old... that's crazy talk.
However, I also believe that you can't test supernatural phenomena, like God, using earthly scientific tools.,, it just doesn't make sense. God does not have to conform to the rules of physics as we know them. Science does not prove nor disprove the existence of God in any way, shape, or form. I think that maybe people need to stop taking the bible so literally.
What I'm having trouble with is NOT whether or not He exists. I think He does. I just don't understand the "relationship" aspect of it all... does God really hear our prayers? And does he care enough to answer them? I used to have so much faith, but after years of seeing my prayers go unanswered, I've gradually lost that faith and can't seem to get it back. And, to be quite honest, I think I prefer life this way. I was miserable as a Christian because a) I was trying (and failing) so hard to be "perfect" all the time, and b) I was constantly being let down by failed prayer.
**If we are all God's children and meant for the kingdom of heaven, then why does everything about Christianity feel so unnatural?
Einstein believed that God created earth, but then ****** off after that and does not care to interact with humankind. I'm very sad to admit that I'm starting to feel the same way. I want so, so much to believe and to live the fulfilling, enriching life that so many Christians claim to lead, but it just doesn't seem to work for me. I can't say that I haven't tried. My only motivation for still keeping an open mind is the fear of Hell.
Can somebody with a very firm belief in God please tell me if you've experienced similar issues, and how they got past them? What makes a life with God so much better than one without?