Stop trying to control everything. As I have pointed out to many believers, belief is not an arbitrary choice. Now, however, we have science and modern understanding. Always in the same place. Since He is trustworthy, as we learn to know Him, we spontaneously learn to trust Him. For over a year, I regularly saw what seemed to be answers to her prayers.
We believe that it is possible to raise the bar in your own life even if the world around you accepts average. This strategy is one form of intermittent fasting. If you will keep coming to Him, God has made Himself responsible for taking care of everything else that needs to happen in your life. This means deciding to trust without absolute certainty. And knowing Jesus comes as a result of spending time in communion and fellowship and relationship with Him. Did you ever pray or hope to something higher for their recovery? I didn't need intelligence or opportunity or resources.
Nonsense is nonsense even if it comes from sacred writings. You know my life and that I need to be forgiven. You can accept all science and still believe that there is something greater behind it all. But knowing that their doubts will never separate them from our love builds a relationship that will foster these important conversations for a lifetime. Think of God as a teacher, helping you learn important life lessons not by just giving you the answer, but by helping you arrive at that answer yourself. I realized that I keep my faith in God because I allow myself to grieve each time.
The Universe flashed into being, and we cannot find out what caused that to happen. This went on for well over a year. It is easy to imagine a universe in which conditions change unpredictably from instant to instant, or even a universe in which things pop in and out of existence. Simply this: Put your faith in Christ, and keep your focus on Him as He is revealed in the pages of the Bible. But most importantly, I want to believe that this stuff is more than just matter, that we are more than book-smart fish roaming aimlessly on an unconscious rock meaninglessly spinning in an indifferent universe.
So I have come to the end of what I can do and I ask for You to bridge the chasm between us. Together they are incredible, but on their own they are insignificant. It shocked me to see that I was at a loss for an approach to life that was fully reliable. Faith and Reason; The Question of Meaning; The Definition of Trust When I was a kid, I had a book titled You Will Go to the Moon. One of the most foundational beliefs of this community is that you can become better. First you must find someone who is trustworthy.
So what we have faith in is what we trust in. You cannot trust a stranger with your life. If you want inspirational quotes about believing in God, here are 55. Scientists have no explanation for the sudden explosion of light and matter. I want to believe in magic. Your life will never again feel like it's out of control.
So my question is can a person believe in Jesus, lose faith, then find Him again and be forgiven? Much of life may seem uncertain, but look at what we can count on day after day: gravity remains consistent, a hot cup of coffee left on a counter will get cold, the earth rotates in the same 24 hours, and the speed of light doesn't change -- on earth or in galaxies far from us. Over a hundred years ago, a guy named G. I'm not sure any of it is believable to you, but I've been as honest as I know how to be. More than a lecture, kids need you to come alongside them. The book described what that journey would be like, and it suggested that by the time I was a grownup, people would be going to the moon for restful weekend getaways. Your brain takes in all the colors and objects you see, the temperature around you, the pressure of your feet against the floor, the sounds around you, the dryness of your mouth, even the texture of your keyboard.
But I could cite hundreds of examples where I was asking God a question and he perfectly, thoroughly answered me. And if I ever start to doubt the existence of a magician, the thought of an alternative world without one is enough to keep me believing. If Earth were smaller, an atmosphere would be impossible, like the planet Mercury. For me, the religious impulse starts with gratitude for the sheer fact of my existence and how beautiful the world is. When there is a single, proximate source of doubt, it can be easier to untangle because you can address that concern directly. There is no logical necessity for a universe that obeys rules, let alone one that abides by the rules of mathematics.