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Thread #109167   Message #2279261
Posted By: Arkie
04-Mar-08 - 11:29 AM
Thread Name: BS: I'd like to believe that there is a God
Subject: RE: BS: I'd like to believe that there is a God
Ed, if you are serious in this desire, belief will come to you, but Mudcat and other internet sites, as has already been suggested are not the best places to find encouragement. Belief in God is the developing of a relationship and that is best found in a community of believers but one might have to do some experimenting since not all communities of believers are equal in terms of nurturing. I would also suggest reading the Bible and you might start with Paul's Letter to the Romans and the Gospel of John. Belief and trust in God is a relatively simple thing and does not require acceptance of a multitude of dogmas and laws. Beware of communities that attempt to inflict them upon you. They can be helpful as explanations but are not to be considered conditions of faith. Belief in God does not make life easy. It will help in handling the difficulties of life, but they do not go away. Faith does sometimes come with a struggle. This was certainly true for Augustine and many other great teachers and leaders in the Christian tradition.