Is anyone losing faith through all this?

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Is anyone losing faith through all this?
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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 6:34pm
There is SO much bad news out there, and whichever side of it we stand on, it takes its toll on us. I was just wondering if anyone is getting so distressed and upset over all the lying, killing, torture, and senseless violence that they're losing faith that there is anyone/anything out there protecting us? Obviously, this question can't be fitted to include atheists or even agnostics, sorry.

Anyway, I have been questioning a lot lately. Just wondering if anyone else is.

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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 6:41pm
No, I'm not losing faith. The systems of domination and evil that run this earth are in charge and doing what they do best. It's up to mankind to prevent it and stop it. So if I'm disappointed it's anyone, it's us. But then again, look at all that mankind is doing all over this world in defiance of and in disagreement of this war and the evil wrought from it. Those are good things.
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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 7:32pm
No, not losing faith here. God specifically tells us there will be wars, famine, disease, etc. so long as we are living the world. This world belongs to satan and he is all for any type of destruction; be it spiritual, emotional, or physical. But what people need to hold onto in times of trial, is the fact that God has promised us a life in Heaven if we give our lives to Him, by admitting we are sinners, believing that Jesus died for our sins and confessing that He is our Lord and Savior; and try each day to follow His laws. Through our faith, we can hold on to the hope that He guarantees us of a life in heaven with Him.

So, hope it helps.

Carrie
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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 8:18pm
I think there's a difference between being discouraged and losing faith. I'm disgusted and fearful, but since I've never had a great deal of confidence that, in the short run at least, there's any kind of benevolent actor out there watching out for us, I wouldn't say I've lost faith. Frankly, I wish Bush would quit praying and consider the consequences of his actions. A bit of a loss of faith by Bush might help him make better decisions.
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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 8:19pm
No, I'm not. In fact, we started out the year on a rough note with a death in the family (my daughter's baby) and had some very tough times from that and other things, taking care of my DD and her 2yo son (she stayed with us while she healed physically and emotionally). Then, we noticed a marked increase in the strength of messages we were taking from church and classes and had some really faith-building experiences happen. Like for the first time, I had a very specific revelation on something I was seeking an answer to and the voice was distinct and powerful. It was really amazing.

Anyway, I think that we are promised a peace if we are prepared. That preparation comes in many forms.

There will continue to be strife and wars so prophesy says right up until the 2nd coming of Christ. While that may sound scary, there is a great measure of peace that can and does come. The peace comes from within and is a great blessing. Peace is essentially the absence of fear.

I'm trying to describe this without mentioning Christ or the gospel, but, honestly, I really can't separate the two and I don't want to turn this into a sermon! LOL!

So, I'll just say this -- "When we properly blend into our lives true principles of love, honesty, respect, character, faith, and patience, peace will become our priceless possession. Peace is a triumph of correct principles." (Elder Marvin J. Ashton)

That said, I think events surrounding us will get *more* trying on our resolve, inner peace, etc. But, you can STILL have an inner peace because that is something you can give to yourself that no one can take away from you once you figure out what you need to do to achieve it.

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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 8:26pm
I agree! nt
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Fri, 03-28-2003 - 6:21am
Actually, I think my faith is being strengthened. When everything is running smoothly, I tend to get sloppy in my faith disciplines. In times of anxiety, I turn to God in a big way and because of that I am much more attuned to His work in the world and in my life. I'm finding God in so many things - yes, even from reports in the war.

Mary

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Fri, 03-28-2003 - 1:34pm
Yeah I suppose that's true. After I posted that, I started thinking how we're not the first people to be misrepresented by their government, not the first people to be responsible for horrible things. It's only new to me (that is my generation, my location) not new to the world, so given that I've always known these things, it seems stupid to suddenly think there's no God/dess. I'm just thinking there never *was* one, though. But I don't know. Like you said, maybe I'm just discouraged. Thanks.
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Fri, 03-28-2003 - 8:59pm
At first, I thought you were talking about the board change...lol

I know you said that the question couldn't really be aimed athiests and agnostics, but I think you're wrong. It's just that it could be the other way around. Especially for those of use who grew up having "faith".

In times like these (any difficult life event, really) I find myself missing that "extra helping hand" that I was told was always there. Of course, IMO, that presence never really WAS there, nor will it ever be. What I find interesting is that I now actually handle my problems a bit better than how I did before...hmmm...

Rachael

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Fri, 03-28-2003 - 9:04pm
Sigh, I guess I am the only one then.Saying yes to your question.

I am so totally lost and sad and dont know what to do. The war and the actions made,are making me sick. The ruthless propaganda from both sides is so disgusting - human life has no value anymore-even BBC is not trust worthy anymore. The images, numbers of wounded and dead, amount of help needed - all those numbers rising every morning I go to work. And the worst - crying, scared, wounded and even dead children. I cannot find god/dess anymore. How scared are those children in Bagdad when bombs dropped all day and night?

One of the basic corner stones of my religion is reincarnation. Looking the world situation at the moment it looks very bad - obviously we are not learning - or my faith is totally wrong.

It is year 2003. Innocent children are dieing every day. Over one million babies die every year because they cannot have one simple thing: clean water. Think about that.

Sorry for my whining - I admire you all others who seem to still have your faith!

kxsiven
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Sat, 03-29-2003 - 9:49am
You expressed where my initial feeling came from so well. Right now I'm just confused. I have been questioning the whole thing, and I think it *really* started with the Rachel Correy (bulldozer). I think I cried off and on for like two hours -AT WORK- over that one. Lucky for me I have lots of privacy... I am going to see my 'teacher' or spiritual guide woman tonight to talk all this out. I am having serious doubts, but I am confused about them. And I think you're right, how do we reconcile our belief in reincarnation, learning with what we see around every corner, on every dumb channel of 'news'? It's revolting. Hey, at least I've lost some weight over it. he he. That wasn't even that funny. Anyway, feel free to email me if you want. I'll tell you if I learn anything encouraging from my teacher tonight.

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