If I go to church often enough will I be able to force myself to believe in God?

If I go to church often enough will I be able to force myself to believe in God? I honestly find it difficult but I want to believe.

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  1. 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    No. Even after going to church I'm still an atheist. You will, however, get to meet a lot of nice, well-intentioned people. At best you'll just become one of those so-called "Christian Atheists" and yes that is apparently a thing

    • 6 months ago
      Anonymous

      Christian atheism makes sense if you perceive Christianity as a philosophy. That's how people should treat religion but alas morons take the fairy moral tales at face value

  2. 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    Depends. People do often internalize their group's beliefs simply from having to espouse them.

  3. 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    I've been struggling with belief but I started attending Orthodox liturgy.

    In seeking the Lord's help, a man came to Jesus once, fell to his knees weeping, and said, “I believe; help my unbelief” (Mark 9:24, ESV).

    • 6 months ago
      Anonymous

      This is dumb. Christianity asks you to have faith in the gossip of men you've never met, not God.
      >Believe this book that some dudes wrote or you're going to hell
      The God of the universe would never.

      • 6 months ago
        Anonymous

        >The God of the universe
        When people say stuff like this it's a manifestation of ego. "If I were God I would do this"

        • 6 months ago
          Anonymous

          I think this. The reason why we have an intuition for God is we're projecting our own consciousness and will onto the universe around us.

  4. 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    beliefs and actions can be interdependent.
    I think people overestimate the power of abstract cogitation and miss something important about being in the world.

  5. 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    The easiest way to find faith is by praying in your mother tongue and in Latin.

  6. 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    >force myself to believe in God
    No such thing.

    • 6 months ago
      Anonymous

      It can be done actually

      • 6 months ago
        Anonymous

        Then it's not the Christian god you're worshipping.

  7. 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    I've recently converted to Orthodoxy from a Catholic in thought only, I find it amazing how partaking in the vespers, matins, and liturgy has lessened my compulsion to sin. It is still there and I falter when I am weak, but the desire has disappeared and the disgust for it has increased.

    As the Church fathers say, faith alone, and works alone, are not enough but a combination of the two will lead to salvation if you are achieving the works, but uncertain in your faith, perhaps discuss it with your priest.

    If you want to believe, it sounds like your heart is open to Christ, what is stopping you from welcoming him in?

    • 6 months ago
      Anonymous

      why did you go from non-practicing catholic to orthodox, aside from nice liturgy?

  8. 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    I tried to do so for the better part of 15 years. I hope you have a more fulfilling journey than I had.

  9. 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    I don't think so. It will only bring more questions, since you probably already have a questioner behavior

    • 6 months ago
      Anonymous

      Forgot the ".".

  10. 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    If you have a religious experience, yes. But nobody on God's green Earth will be able to tell you the odds on that. If you want to believe, read some scholar's presentation of the Contingency Argument (not merely the Cosmological Argument) and go on from that.

  11. 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    If you want to believe, you're actually pretty close to doing it. Have you tried praying before?

  12. 6 months ago
    Ο Σολιταίρ

    Just be a stoic, dingus.
    The world doesn't need more hypocrites.

  13. 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    Meaning is constructed, and can turn bad experiences to benefit depending upon your outlook. If you want your life to have meaning, you have to ask yourself WHY a bunch. Write stuff down, develop an inner-world, relate things to others things until each piece you iterate forms a bigger picture that lends more significance to more of the world around you.

    All of this is very deliberate work. I think aesthetics is underrated in this regard, and consuming religious material from that perspective can redeem a lot of the fantastical elements that undermine its rational qualities. If you want to believe, you should sit down and ask yourself "why do I want to believe in God and the institution of the church, and where did this desire come from?"

    Write stuff down, and don't stop until you're dead.

  14. 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    You could try sniffing glue or hit your head many times on a wall to achieve this level of stupidity.

  15. 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    100% of people who "don't believe" in God are actually just God haters. They don't want God to exist, so they refuse to believe.

    • 6 months ago
      Anonymous

      Why do you think so?

      • 6 months ago
        Anonymous

        Because it has always been true for all these kind of people I have met.
        >I don't believe in God!!! Christianity sucks!!!
        Ok, why do you believe that?
        >God is evil and he made suffering!
        Actually God is good and he wants to save us.
        >I don't care! If God really cared, he would agree with my morals!

  16. 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    Sounds like you’d be going there for the wrong reasons.

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