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12 hours ago, dr3032 said:

I was an atheist once before, too. I bought into it when it was a fad and I was a bookish teenager; science held all the answers, and it fed my youngster angst. I like put it as, the more you read and learn, the more you realize that you have read nothing and learned nothing. Science is the pursuit of the truth, rather than the truth itself, and so it was constantly changing and you had multiple scientific disagreements on different topics. Is gravity more than a theory? Or is it that Newton and Einstein were mistaken, as they never account for the origin of G? It's just a constant grey area that never concludes anything, beyond popular opinion/conjecture. It made me sit down and rethink my life, and I realized that an intelligent creator made much more sense than the world coming together as a mere coincidence.

What I would recommend is just picking up the bible. Forget any preconceptions or foreknowledge you think you have; wipe the slate clean, and take the bible as it is. No less, no more. My disillusionment with science brought me to seek out religion, and Christianity wasn't my first prospect. I was wanting to look through them all, a bit like the scientific process, and then try to determine which one I would belong to. Spirituality was a bunch of hippie nonsense. Buddhism seemed nice, but it was also strange. Neither did much good. Then, because I had a bible laying around, I picked that up next. It was only through an experience that I thought was a dream that I became a Christian.

I wouldn't feel bad if your intention is to avoid hell. The only people that want to go are people mistaken into thinking it's some kind of wild sex party. If I would offer you a verse to think on, it would be the parable of the mustard seed.

He set another man before them, saying, "The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field; which indeed is smaller than all seeds. But when it is grown, it is greater than the herbs, and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in it's branches."  

         - Matthew 13:31-32

Thank you for this. Pretty much exactly how I had been thinking for the longest time. The next thing on my list is to get my hands on a bible so I can just start reading and learning now that I have wiped the slate clean and accepted god into my life. I feel as if it it's all a little overwhelming at first with how much there is to learn but I know it will makes sense soon enough.

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I recommend the New King James Version (NKJV)  or the English Standard Version (ESV).  Start with the New Testament, especially the book of John.  

Welcome to Worthy and welcome to the Kingdom of God, Justin.   This is where we in grateful love choose to serve and obey God.  He leads us away from trouble and misery and fills us with love, peace and light.  He has never said we won't have problems or suffer.  He has said that He will never leave us or forsake us.  He gives us strength to go through it and the power to do His will when we surrender to Him as Lord and Master.

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On 3/11/2019 at 3:09 AM, Justin9228 said:

Forgive me in advance if this is not an appropriate place to post this.

Hello everybody, my name is Justin. I'm 26 years old. I grew up in a family that I wouldn't really call religious. I remember we attended church only a few times growing up and never practiced any prayer. My father is an athiest and my mother is a believer as of recently after my parents divorced and now attends church regularly but does not take it as seriously as she could. This means I am not baptized. 

  My life thus far has been filled with disappointment and loneliness. I constantly feel like I'm missing a big important piece of my life. I struggle with severe depression and anxiety. I have always tried to think logically. I dont believe something if I dont have proof. I spend a lot of time doubting and wondering why. This in turn has led me down a path of atheism. It has always been hard for me to believe in god when I never had proof. 

However, lately I have been even questioning this. Are my issues caused because I dont have faith? Are these misfortunes and woes in my life because the devil has had too big of an impact on my life so far?

I watched a documentary on YouTube the other day of a man who claims to have passed away and was sent to hell after meeting with god because his whole life he had been an atheist. He then went into great detail of the horrors he expierence in the short time he spent in hell. God gave him a second chance at life and was revived in the hospital. This scared me deeply. I've always been a good person and always tried to do the right thing. I have a great amount of empathy for people and dont like to hurt peoples feelings. But I will still be sent to hell for not building a relationship with god?

Life is a test and am I failing so far? I just have so much confusion. I want very badly to build a relationship with god and have faith and turn over a new leaf. But how do I start? Am I just being scared into it because I dont want to go to hell? I feel like the fact that I'm even having these thoughts is enough proof to have faith because I feel like something is missing in my life. Is that god? Or am I being selfish? I just dont know...

My question at the end of the day is that if I want to change my thinking habits and the doubt part of my thoughts, Where do I start? How can I rid myself of the devils thoughts that hes been putting in my head my whole life. thoughts like (god is not real, there is no proof, when you die you just die). How can I start this new relationship with god and be forgiven for the doubts I've had.I kind of worry I'll always have doubts. Is that normal? Please, would really like some advice. Thank you all so much and I hope you guys have a great day. 

 

Congratulations, Justin.....It appears that the Holy Spirit is trying to speak to your heart.....a lot of people, in fact, the vast majority of people never have the opportunity to receive what you may already have.....this is the beginning of Christianity. Jesus said the Holy Spirit is like the wind — nobody knows where it comes from and nobody knows where it will go.Lets hope that you have been blessed and the Holy Spirit has “blown” into you heart.

 The initial task of the Spirit Of God is to open your eyes to the Truth.The Truth that you have not seen is that you are not “ good”.I’m  sure that you are a good, fine, upstanding citizen as the world views such things.As far as God is concerned though, you need to have a “ change of mind” ( the true meaning of the repentance God demands for Salvation) God is not looking for good moral people.In God’s eyes , we are all wretched, lost sinners.He is not looking for “ good” people to make them better.He is looking for dead people in order to make them alive.The Holy Spirit will deliver you from the wide path, the Fool’s Paradise,That domain of the Devil That reassures you that although you ain’t perfect, you ain’t as bad as that guy at the Penitentiary — you surely “ make the grade”—- you’re “ good enough” for Heaven.

Once the Holy Spirit delivers you from that sin of self- righteousness —- once He opens your eyes to the fact that you are an utterly lost sinner that has no hope other than finding a Savior—— you will be more than ready to find One to cling to,one that can deliver you from your hopeless state.Of course, that One is Jesus.He has a plan to save you forever.It can be found in 1cor15:1-4.All it requires is that you believe Jesus died for your sins and rose from the grave after His crucifixian. Believe that and NEVER add to it with your “ good works” These good work are a natural result of Salvation, but they do not save and they do not KEEP you saved.That type of thinking cancels the Grace that the Gospel provided you and you will be “ severed from the Cross.....it will be of NO benefit to you”. That is a very dangerous place to find oneself.

If all of this is a little too much for now , just start from here— simply say from your heart “ Lord Jesus, have mercy on me ,a sinner”. Coming from a contrite heart that only the Holy Spirit can give you, That will get the job done. Most people see the Bible as a rule book. It is. It is also a book of Promises.Concentrate on the promises and the rule-Keeping has a way of taking care of itself.Heres a promise for you that will get you to Heaven—- “ Anybody that asks to be saved, WILL BE SAVED! RUN, don’t walk from anyone who argues with that Promise from God.Sadly, you will find them here.They sing “ Nothing But The Blood” every week at their meetings but don’t really believe it.Their Salvation could be in extreme jeopardy.Stay away from that crowd! God bless you , I will be praying for you!

 

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On 3/11/2019 at 6:09 PM, Justin9228 said:

Forgive me in advance if this is not an appropriate place to post this.

Hello everybody, my name is Justin. I'm 26 years old. I grew up in a family that I wouldn't really call religious. I remember we attended church only a few times growing up and never practiced any prayer. My father is an athiest and my mother is a believer as of recently after my parents divorced and now attends church regularly but does not take it as seriously as she could. This means I am not baptized. 

  My life thus far has been filled with disappointment and loneliness. I constantly feel like I'm missing a big important piece of my life. I struggle with severe depression and anxiety. I have always tried to think logically. I dont believe something if I dont have proof. I spend a lot of time doubting and wondering why. This in turn has led me down a path of atheism. It has always been hard for me to believe in god when I never had proof. 

However, lately I have been even questioning this. Are my issues caused because I dont have faith? Are these misfortunes and woes in my life because the devil has had too big of an impact on my life so far?

I watched a documentary on YouTube the other day of a man who claims to have passed away and was sent to hell after meeting with god because his whole life he had been an atheist. He then went into great detail of the horrors he expierence in the short time he spent in hell. God gave him a second chance at life and was revived in the hospital. This scared me deeply. I've always been a good person and always tried to do the right thing. I have a great amount of empathy for people and dont like to hurt peoples feelings. But I will still be sent to hell for not building a relationship with god?

Life is a test and am I failing so far? I just have so much confusion. I want very badly to build a relationship with god and have faith and turn over a new leaf. But how do I start? Am I just being scared into it because I dont want to go to hell? I feel like the fact that I'm even having these thoughts is enough proof to have faith because I feel like something is missing in my life. Is that god? Or am I being selfish? I just dont know...

My question at the end of the day is that if I want to change my thinking habits and the doubt part of my thoughts, Where do I start? How can I rid myself of the devils thoughts that hes been putting in my head my whole life. thoughts like (god is not real, there is no proof, when you die you just die). How can I start this new relationship with god and be forgiven for the doubts I've had.I kind of worry I'll always have doubts. Is that normal? Please, would really like some advice. Thank you all so much and I hope you guys have a great day. 

Hello Justin.. You have received a lot of advice from people.. I would like to stress the importance of getting into the Message of Jesus in the Bible directly.. Yes it is good to come online and ask Christians questions and you will get the right answers.. But you may also get answers that are no correct.. Some Christians have great wisdom about God and His will.. Some Christians who are not as knowledgeable but enthusiastic will offer answers out of a desire to help but their answers can be faulty.. And sadly there are some people who belong to false Christian cults who will come online to give totally wrong advice and lead people onto the wrong path..

So in the end what ever advice or answers you receive from other people you will need to spend time reading the Message of Jesus and all the books of the New Testament so that you can be able to discern when someone is telling you the truth and when someone is is not.. 

And yes i am sure Christians in here are praying for you Justin.. May you be blessed in your seeking and may the peace of my LORD Jesus be with you.. 🙂

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