[quote="Lief_Erikson, post:4, topic:178744"]
I could be wrong, but I think I can see part of the reason why things have gotten to the point they have for you. When you first started having these doubts, you didn't ask the questions to knowledgeable Catholics who could get you the answers you need.
There are so, so many reasons to believe . . . I want to pull out reams of evidence for you to prove the truth of Catholicism's doctrines (and there is a ton of proof available that I can show you if you're interested; just say the word! :) ) but I'm not sure that that's what you need first. The intellect can use answers, but the heart has to be open to the truth before the mind can receive it.
Wow, great post. I have a hard time being comfortable with things if I don't understand the logic behind them first.
I'm actually interested in the proof you can show me... I spoke more about it in the above^^ post.
[quote="Lief_Erikson, post:4, topic:178744"]
You need to become a new wineskin so that the new wine, the living, breathing fire of Christ can be poured into you. The first step is surrender. Surrender all your doubts to Jesus and ask Him from your heart to take them away through revelation of truth. Surrender all your sins to Jesus and ask Him to take them away. Surrender everything you have and are to Jesus and ask Him to make you a new person. Tell Him you will try to do His will and that you sincerely desire a deep and personal relationship with Him. Then you will have cleared yourself off the throne of your life and will have emptied it completely so that Christ can seat Himself on it and reign, filling your life with the graces of the Holy Spirit and with spiritual unity with Christ.
But how can this surrender "count" if it's not sincere? I really want to sort my doubts out and find the truth, but how can I surrender my doubts and all if everything about christianity bothers me?
[quote="ljubim, post:6, topic:178744"]
Same exact story! I'm 18 now, and I had my faith problems a few years ago, up until fairly recently.
Looking back, the best way I can describe me figuring things out for myself, is as a 'maturing in faith'. Because up until that point, now for you, both of us were Catholic only by birth, and feeling like none of it even made sense any more... and that praying feels like praying to a wall. And that, how is God real? I cannot see Him!?!?
Deep down, somewhere, you still know that God exists. (I mean even I still have doubts, then I shake them off and say, that's ridiculous, look what He's been doing for you and telling you.) He has a plan to bring you back to Him. I would say until then, DO NOT stop going to mass. DO NOT stop being involved. Try your hardest to keep an open mind. And then after a lot of effort, when you'll least expect it, you'll begin to see His hand in your life, and you'll finally start to develop a Love for God that is free of your parents and habits.
PM me whenever if you want to talk. I feel like your post describes me exactly a few years back. Maybe I can help.
God bless you Chris!
What keeps me going through all of the imperfections of my local parish(like I literally cannot stand the music... like hippies LOUDLY strumming their banjos. And the EMs give me weird looks when I take communion on the tongue...) is the feeling you get when you receive the Body of Christ in a state of grace... and when I figure out what God is trying to get me to do (like He asked me to go pray outside of an abortion clinic... there were a LOT of issues, and then I ended up going, and all these incredible things happened, culminating in the clinic actually closing four days after we went.
My love, (again)
Thanks, Abby. :)
Expect a PM soon :P
[quote="Monica4316, post:8, topic:178744"]
Don't worry so much what people think and if you're a hypocrite or not. If you're struggling with Church teachings and faith, why not use this opportunity to learn more? :) I've met many people who left the Church without ever truly understanding it, even if they were raised in a really religious home. And that's because one part of understanding is experience.. I don't mean just going to church but really being close to God. I have Catholic friends who were raised in the faith but there came a time for all of them where they had to choose what to believe on their own. It's a natural thing that all people come to. Do you keep the faith you were raised with, or find another one, or none at all. But in this search, remember to seek the truth..not just what is easier, or what fits you better. How do you know what fits you now is the reality?
You don't have to leave the Church if your'e struggling. Another option is to seriously give the Church another try - research it, pray, ..and when you pray, don't focus on feelings. If you feel nothing, still pray. Try to believe and if it's difficult ask God for help. Just try your best and leave the rest to Him... let Him take you the rest of the way. Are there any particular teachings you're struggling with? you can bring them up here and I'm sure many people would be willing to help you out.
Ahh, thanks :). I think I mentioned a couple of the things I have a beef with in the above post. In "seeking the truth", what am I supposed to look for, if not what "fits me" or what's "easier"? it's difficult to discern from different sources claiming to be the truth- atheism, christianity, etc..., because none of them seem any more convincing than the other.
But I don't think praying does anything for me. I can't "open my heart", ie, trust and talk to someone I can't be sure even exists. It leaves me feeling foolish and uncomfortable.
Believe me guys, your posts are really helpful, even if I may seem to you like i'm too thick to get what you're trying to tell me.