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Shaney777

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  1. I thank each of you for the helpful replies!
  2. It's definitely unsettling and scary...
  3. What is it about that username? And wow, I am so glad that I am still with y'all in 2018 too. LOL it's certainly been a while since I first posted here!
  4. Hahaha butt Thank you for the good advice!
  5. Thank you! That is good advice and in line with what my intuition tells me.
  6. I saw your post so late... You haven't been online in over a year now. Um... I am sorry for not having been here when you came back on those rounds. Maybe one day you will see this. Thank you so much for the time you spent to help me here.
  7. I want to thank each and every one of you for the caring, kind, and thoughtful replies. I greatly appreciate it. From the bottom of my heart. You all are a terrific community of believers, and I will take every piece of advice as I continue my search for God. I have saved this page for offline viewing, so I will be able to refer to on a regular basis as I struggle for understanding. Thank you all again! With love, Shane
  8. Hello everyone, I am looking for advice on something that has plagued my mind for a while. Firstly, you should probably know that I see myself as a soft agnostic: due to the world's brightest disagreeing on crucial aspects of religion and philosophy, I see no way to make a decision on what is true (corresponding to the facts). Because of this conclusion, and my intense fear of hell in the afterlife, I decided that there had to be a way to decide on a worldview without trusting man's opinions. Since I was raised in a Christian home, I've chosen to first investigate the Holy Spirit's role in bringing about belief to individuals. That is why I am posting on this forum. I want to know how exactly the Holy Spirit is instrumental to intellectual belief, and I would like to know if the Spirit gives us something other than faith to convince us of Christianity's truth. What does the Bible say on the matter? Natural theology is never going to convince me of anything. God is essentially hidden, so how, other than pragmatical reasons and ignorance, do people come to be Christians? Shane
  9. Hello everyone, I need help finding an answer to the predicament that I’m in. Over the course of a few years, my worldview has recently changed into one where I must devote my life--using a career--to assist humans that suffer the most on earth; this needs to happen in order to bring fulfillment and meaning to my life. However, due to OCD (I believe it impairs decision making) and lack of information, I can’t seem to pinpoint the group of humans that objectively suffer the most. In the recent past, I typed up a little argument thing explaining why I am stuck in life, and I think it would be beneficial for you all to see. I will paste it at the end of this post. The need to help people does not come from wanting to be looked up to, pride, or a "holier than thou" attitude: it comes from the Golden Rule and empathy: I'd like for people to help me if I were in some of these miserable existence's shoes. I can feel their agony, and I know that I would never want to suffer that much. I would want someone to assist me; I would want the suffering to end. I can think of many people that need help, but I’m not sure how to find a nice little, objective list of what causes the most miserable, agonizing existences. The way my mind works--probably due to the OCD--is that I always need to have the best, highest, elitist, most significant everything. And in the case of a career to help others, I believe helping the people that need the most assistance is respectable and possible. I just need help learning and getting there! Sure, I can go back to college now and maybe major in a health field, but because I haven’t became aware of other possible majors, I will probably regret my choice and wonder if another major would have prepared me for a more respectable career--one that would allow me to help people who suffer in a worse way than said major did. This is a recurring thought process, and I am getting absolutely nowhere. The staying in my parent’s house is already old, and I want to get my life of meaning started! Possible afflictors could be bad mental problems (like depression or schizo), lack of food or water, lack of medical care, filthy living conditions, physically handicapped/mentally challenged, diseased, forced work (slavery), war torture, sex trafficking, or bullying. I also need to factor in the fact that since some folks are used to certain types of hardships, their suffering won't be as bad as outsiders perceive; this further complicated matters. Up until now in this post I have focused on the demand/need side of choosing a career, but an equally important side is that of my innate skills and interests. I know for a fact that a social career would NOT be a fit for me: I am a big introvert. I'd like to work "behind the scenes," so to speak. I know that this will limit my potential for meaningful change, but I am not a "people person". Also, my worst subject in school was math: I do not need a math-related career. However, after taking close to 20 career tests, I know that I excel in attention to detail, being precise, and following orderly directions. That is the attribute that scored the highest in most of the career tests. So, I’m fully aware that “me” will significantly diminish the range of career choices that I will be happy with. But here is the argument that I mentioned in the first paragraph: 1. It's conceivable there is a group of humans on earth that have endured the most suffering of the worst type; these humans will have underwent prolonged agony to an extent that death is a highly attractive option. 2. In order to bring meaning to my life, I must have a career where I can assist the members of said group to a place where death is no longer desired. 3. I am unable to pinpoint what type of suffering said group is dealing with. 4. I am unable to choose a major to help me prepare for the career. 5. I am unable to work where I need to be. Respectfully, Shane
  10. Thank you all for the terrific replies! I have been given several great comments to think about. I will continue my search in light of what has been informed to me. Again, thank you all! There are some TERRIFIC posts here.
  11. Hello everyone, I am very pleased to see so many kind responses! I'd like to thank each and every one of you for taking the time to communicate with me. This seems like a very genuine, warm community of believers. Please don't be hurt that I didn't follow up with you all in an individual way; I am truly grateful for the comments, but I usually respond with one large message that addresses everyone together. Like so many of you, my father has also recommended that I go to God with my questions. I guess I feel that my mind has the ability to delude me into believing anything that I constantly and actively ponder. If something non-coincidental -- supernatural -- occurs, I will simply regard it as just another coincidence. It will be another result of my brain's tendency to believe things that I continually contemplate. Does that make any sense? I was extremely happy and fulfilled in the past as a Christian, but I can no longer believe my childhood faith. My thinking now is due to a diverse culmination of philosophical and religious texts from around the world. I now have no hope. What followed from my decision to become agnostic is best described as chronic depression. The only meaning to life for me is the knowledge that I have the ability and means to help other humans that are in distress (an empathetic moral compass). I posted this same question on many different web forums with the hope that someone can lead me to an understanding. Wouldn't the search for truth in the words of others be a way of "seeking" God?
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