Don't Know What To Believe

I grew up in foster homes and never attended church. i went through some bad things when i was a kid, and i used to pray for help, but i never got any results. i stopped believing in god after that. i'm living in a stable home now, and dont know what to believe. a good friend of mine was recently 'saved', and since he told me his story i've been really confused. does anyone have any advice for me?
batgirl1573 batgirl1573
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7 Responses Jul 21, 2010

go to www.altirah.org, maybe it will help in your search for answers...

He(Buddha) preached a religion in which there was no motive power, and was perfectly agnostic about metaphysics or theories about God. He was often asked if there was a God, and he answered, he did not know. When asked about right conduct, he would reply, "Do good and be good." There came five Brâhmins, who asked him to settle their discussion. One said, "Sir, my book says that God is such and such, and that this is the way to come to God." Another said, "That is wrong, for my book says such and such, and this is the way to come to God"; and so the others. He listened calmly to all of them, and then asked them one by one, "Does any one of your books say that God becomes angry, that He ever injures anyone, that He is impure?" "No, Sir, they all teach that God is pure and good." "Then, my friends, why do you not become pure and good first, that you may know what God is?"<br />
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He was the only man who was ever ready to give up his life for animals to stop a sacrifice. He once said to a king, "If the sacrifice of a lamb helps you to go to heaven, sacrificing a man will help you better; so sacrifice me." The king was astonished. And yet this man was without any motive power. He stands as the perfection of the active type, and the very height to which he attained shows that through the power of work we can also attain to the highest spirituality.<br />
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To many the path becomes easier if they believe in God. But the life of Buddha shows that even a man who does not believe in God, has no metaphysics, belongs to no sect, and does not go to any church, or temple, and is a confessed materialist, even he can attain to the highest. We have no right to judge him. I wish I had one infinitesimal part of Buddha's heart. Buddha may or may not have believed in God; that does not matter to me. He reached the same state of perfection to which others come by Bhakti — love of God — Yoga, or Jnâna. Perfection does not come from belief or faith. Talk does not count for anything. Parrots can do that. Perfection comes through the disinterested performance of action.<br />
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~ Swami Vivekananda

I myself was not beleiving in God or any religion but one day I was going on a cruise trip Out of no where the wind started getting very strong and the waves started getting higher and higher and the was about to sink and people started panicking, it hit me.. Who am I supposed to talk to who am I supposed to ask for help, I need a helping hand .. Then I said to silently, god.. If you exist then help me show me that youre actually here and I promise to praise you,after about no more than about 1 hour, after we were sure many of us may die after we wore our life vests and were ready fort whatever may have happened, the waves calm down, the wind calms down, I thought it was a dream of some sort, I never thought it would actually work actually <br />
I started to search for GOD, I looked in every religion and I found him in the Quraan the book of Islam <br />
The Quraan is the words of God,it has the stories of all the prophets,it taught us to respect all the prophets and beleive in them .<br />
The Qur'an says: “Or (the unbelievers’ state) is like the la<x>yers of darkness in a deep sea covered by waves topped by waves, topped by clouds: la<x>yers of darkness, one above another. If a man stretches his hand, he can hardly see it. For any to whom Allah gives no light, there is no light.”(Quran 24: 40)<br />
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The Qur’an confirms the existence of la<x>yers of darkness in the deep sea. It describes the sea by the term  (deep) to emphasize that such la<x>yers of darkness are found only in deep seas, thus excluding the surface sea where such darkness is non-existent.<br />
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The Aspect of the Miracle<br />
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The Holy Qur’an mentions precise information about the la<x>yers of darkness in the deep sea. It refers to the causes underlying their formation and their arrangement atop each other. Man could not know of these la<x>yers of darkness until after 1930 AD. The Qur’an informs us of the existence of internal waves in the seas, a fact unknown to people before 1900 AD. It informs us that the internal waves cover the deep sea, a fact discovered only after the invention and use of submarines in the thirties of the twentieth century. The Qur’an also discloses the role of the surface waves and internal waves in creating the la<x>yers of darkness in the deep sea, a matter known only with the scientific advances in the later centuries.<br />
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The above-mentioned pieces of information and knowledge were not discovered by man expect after he had invented such instruments of scientific research as enabled him to reach these depths and study these phenomena, and after a long period of research extending for three centuries during which hundreds of researchers and investigators worked hard to discover these facts. Who then informed Mohammed (Peace be upon him) of these secrets of the deep sea at a time when the means of scientific research were non-existent, and superstitions and myths were prevalent worldwide, particularly, in the marine field! How did these precise secrets reach this illiterate man, who lived among an illiterate nation and a desert environment, and who never sailed the sea throughout his life?<br />
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You know when you love someone so much that you would do anything for him? That's how I love my GOD now,it's not just beleive in him I feel he is always with me,I always talk to him and and ask for his help.<br />
GOD wants us to search for him and if you try you will find him and you will feel the peace inside<br />
If you want to learn more about the Quraan go to (Quran &science)

It's not about blind faith- atleast it shouldn't be. Don't believe in God because you feel him, believe in what's logical. I myself am not completely sure what is completely logical, but I encourage you to do what I've done. Start from scratch. and i think you'll find that christianity is the right path because it's historically accurate. Do some searchin- and not soul searching. The internet is at your disposal; take full advantage of it!

Hi Batgirl, <br />
It isn't about choosing a good religion, it's about the life, death and resurrection of a Man, God in the flesh, who came into the world to save us from our sin peanlty. Your friend that "got saved" became spiritually alive when they made Jesus Christ their Lord and Savior. We need to be made spiritually alive, because we are born into sin, making us spiritually dead. <br />
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if you would like to talk about this at length, please feel free to message me. I am always here for you.<br />
Pete

Hey batgirl, I am agnostic and entertain arguments for and against. I envy my friends who can draw strength and happiness from their faith. I have thought about it for many years but do not think I will ever feel sure what thet truth is. Obviously the debate about what and who God is has gone on for thousands of years. I would encourage you to expand your reading on the subject beyond particular faiths. Here is an interesting read....<br />
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http://health.howstuffworks.com/mental-health/human-nature/behavior/brain-religion2.htm

I can't answer why God let you go through your childhood experiences but I can tell you that sometimes God lets us go through things so that we can help someone else. My son was born with limited vision and a rare eye condition called coloboma. It was difficult for me to accept but I soon realized that this experience was to help those parents who had similar issues with their children and point them in the right direction of Early Intervention. To make a long story short, now is your opportunity to help other kids in foster care by showing them love and acceptance or whatever you didn't feel as a child. God is always there for us if we choose Him. Until you choose Him you may miss seeing all the blessings He has for you. God loves you no matter what! Please don't for once think that He doesn't. In the Bible, there is a story about how a shepherd lost one sheep and this shepherd went to go find this one sheep. God is like that. He will not give up on us ever! Beth Moore is a great speaker and I encourage you to read her books or see her. She is very engaging and makes you feel so special in God's hands. Her website is www.lproof.org. Hope this helps! You are wonderful and special and don't forget it! :)