I Don't Really Have A Strong Faith; Although Mostly Present, It Wavers...

...but I know He exists, and that He is there for me.

Sometimes though, I don't feel Him - and it's not really his fault. I honestly am self-absorbed, at times, and I worry about 'trivial' things that I lose focus. The distance is possibly imagined, and it probably stems from the fact that I internalize things too much. It's all about me, me, me. (Self-absorbed, I said)

That, and I don't want prayers to be constantly about me just asking for things. The Bruce Almighty movie hit me when I saw how the email thing worked. Besides, anyone wouldn't want his loved ones to just approach him each time they need something, right? =)

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4 Responses Mar 7, 2010

Faith is not blind. It is "the evident demonstration of realities though not beheld.” — Hebrews 11:1.<br />
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The sun, for example, appears to revolve around the earth— rising in the east, moving through the sky, and setting in the west. However, evidence from astronomy and mathematics reveals that the earth is not the center of the solar system. Once you become familiar with that evidence and accept it as true, you have faith that the earth revolves around the sun— despite what your eyes tell you. Your faith is not blind. On the contrary, it gives you the ability to see things as they really are, not merely as they seem to be.<br />
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As such, true faith is ba<x>sed on reason and evidence, not on mysteries and confusion. What evidence, then, can you use to build your faith in God? Everything you need to know about God and his purposes can be found in the instruction manual he left you - the Bible. <br />
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It's true, many maintain that the Bible is nothing more than a book of human wisdom. Some believe that it is historically inaccurate. Others claim that the Bible’s counsel is impractical or out-of-date.<br />
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However, oftentimes, those who question the reliability or usefulness of the Bible have not investigated the matter for themselves. They merely repeat what others say. However, the Bible warns: “Anyone inexperienced puts faith in every word, but the shrewd one considers his steps.” — Proverbs 14:15.<br />
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Instead of blindly accepting what others say, why not follow the example of the first-century Christians who lived in Beroea, in what is now northern Greece? They did not just accept what others told them. Rather, they had a reputation for “carefully examining the sc<x>riptures daily as to whether these things were so.” (Acts 17:11) Let us briefly consider two reasons why you can have confidence that the Bible is the inspired Word of God.<br />
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Over the years, skeptics have challenged— and continue to challenge— the Bible’s accuracy regarding the names of people and places it mentions. Time and again, though, evidence has proved the skepticism to be unfounded and the Bible record to be trustworthy.<br />
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For example, at one time scholars doubted the existence of Assyrian King Sargon, mentioned at Isaiah 20:1. However, in the 1840’s, archaeologists began unearthing the palace of this king. Now, Sargon is one of the best-known Assyrian kings.<br />
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Critics questioned the existence of Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor who ordered Jesus’death. (Matthew 27:1, 22-24) But in 1961 a stone bearing Pilate’s name and rank was discovered near the city of Caesarea in Israel.<br />
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Regarding the historical accuracy of the Bible, the October 25, 1999, issue of U.S.News & World Report said: “In extraordinary ways, modern archaeology has affirmed the historical core of the Old and New Testaments— corroborating key portions of the stories of Israel’s patriarchs, the Exodus, the Davidic monarchy, and the life and times of Jesus.” While faith in the Bible does not hinge on archaeological discoveries, such historical accuracy is what you would expect of a book inspired by God.<br />
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Long before the discovery of microorganisms and their role in spreading disease, the Bible recommended hygienic practices that are still relevant today. (Leviticus 11:32-40; Deuteronomy 23:12, 13) Family members who apply the Bible’s advice about how to treat one another are happier. (Ephesians 5:28– 6:4) A person who lives by Bible principles may become a more conscientious employee or a more reasonable employer. (Ephesians 4:28; 6:5-9) Applying Bible principles is beneficial for emotional health as well. (Proverbs 14:30; Ephesians 4:31, 32; Colossians 3:8-10) Such practical advice is what we would expect from our Creator.<br />
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The wisdom found in the Bible can make even an inexperienced person wise. (Psalm 19:7) In addition, once we gain confidence in the Bible, it can help us as no other book can in taking the next step toward having stronger faith.<br />
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i don't think you can over-pray to god ,he wants us to pray. i would think he has the capabillity of hearing everyones prayes at the same time. i'm sure he very much appreciates it when we pray to help others and also when we thank him for things, and when we take the effort in ask him to improve ourselvs to do his work.

we are all self-absorbed. and there are times when it's really difficult to distract ourselves from the world and turn to God. i'm in that kind of condition right now. i know that i need God, but i can't get myself to talk to Him, or read a bible. but i't actually a good thing that you see thoose things. we all have those tough times, but He is working on us. and wanting us to come to Him. He will teach us be less self-consentrated. all we need is Him. and that's cool! bless you!

I think life is all about feeling close to God, and then sometimes not. I think the times when you don't feel close to God are teaching moments where you begin to appreciate the impact he really has in your life. We all feel that way, sometimes extremely close to God at all times, other times we wonder and have doubts as to whether He is really there. We are all human after all.<br />
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I think the best thing that will help is to just try to incorporate time in to talk to God every day, whether it's through prayer, meditation, inspirational readings, time showing love to family and friends, volunteering, whatever. Just make time in your life to talk to God and you will feel his love.