I’m 19 years old from the UK and I am searching for some advice from you kind people. So let me get to the point as of late doubtful thoughts have been making appearances into my mind. Now don’t get me wrong I don’t want these thoughts here, and I’ve prayed to make these thoughts go away but as I saw on another site when searching how to counter such things, they said that it’s a funny thing with the human mind the more we don’t want a thought to happen the more that thought appears.
Comments made by some people (the aggressive atheist types) are saying such things like all major religions are just an indirect form of Pagan or Satan worship. In which that statement shocked me, I find the idea ridiculous given our Baptismal Promises ask us if we reject Satan and his works and empty promises, but just the sheer zeal such people seem to posses in their views are genuinely unsettling. How do you counter those statements from personally effecting you?
Adding to this is I am at University, just completed my first year and while I am used to having atheist friends in the past I have also had other people my age that were Catholic or at least Christian. But now at University I seem to be surrounded by atheists including many of the lecturers it seems, and there are few that mock the faith or seem to not have respect for it. (I’m studying history so when the religion is brought up it seems to be that it is lectured upon in a rather mocking tone). Now I’m thinking that maybe because at University I am exposed to the barrage of atheist comments some of it is slipping through to my mind, even though I don’t want it to.
So that’s why I’m asking you good people how do you counter doubts? As soon as those doubtful thoughts slip into my mind, I say “Get out of my head” to myself. I recite the Apostle’s Creed. And state the fact that History dictates that Jesus was a real person, there are records of his Crucifixion and I also bring in arguments that I know from studying theology, the cosmological argument for example.
So I ask again have you people ever had doubtful thoughts, and if so how do you counter them? Should I just ignore them and not even entertain them by opposing them in the hope that they just disperse or? I’m not searching to be lectured on this, it must be said the doubting thoughts are not constant but occasionally spring to mind. I’m just asking for kindly, constructive advice.
Thank you in advance, God Bless you all