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Re: God and healing

Posted by HannahW on September 11, 2003, at 12:51:26

In reply to God and healing, posted by rayww on September 10, 2003, at 10:42:39

I really like what you said about regardless of what we believe, it cannot alter the real truth. I couldn't agree more.

I used to be a firm believer in everything I was taught about God and Christianity. About 6 months ago, I found myself immersed in differing thoughts about religion. I was taking an eastern and a western religions class, reading The DaVinci Code by Ron(?) Brown, and The Source by James Michener. I didn't immerse myself deliberately, it just happened!

Suddenly, my faith, which I thought was unshakable, was shaken to the foundation, so that now I don't know WHAT I believe. Everyone is convinced that their religion is the true and correct one, many to the point of being willing to die for it.

Given that the Bible wasn't even written down for hundreds and hundreds of years after many of the stories took place, it seems highly improbable that the stories remained accurate during all of the verbal retelling. (A modern recounting of an event can't be retold more than a couple times before being significantly altered!) And for nearly 1500 years, before the reformation lead by Martin Luther, Catholicism was synonymous with Christianity. Modern Protestantism is based on the ideas of a single human. So if the Bible is likely embellished or inaccurate, what are we to believe?

I think it's unlikely that any of the religions that exist today are the Truth. I'm struggling with this concept, and am not sure which way to turn, or even who to talk to. If I talk to a strong Christian, he will naturally try to pull me to his beliefs, and the same goes for an atheist. Maybe an agnostic would be the best person to help me sort out my thoughts.

Sometimes I catch myself praying and think, "Oh yeah, God (if there is one) probably can't even hear me, or probably doesn't care even if he can hear me." I miss the comfort I used to get by believing that there was Someone out there who is concerned with my welfare.




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