[quote="Marybeloved, post:6, topic:277530"]
Well, thanks for your input, Hamba, but I was not talking about atheists and their arguments at all. God being the creator and sustainer of all being is also standard in all forms of Christianity.
I was talking about a spiritual experience, not a rational debate about God's existence. I'm talking about where on a very deep and personal level, in a very experential way, one seems to go through a little bit of hopelessness- feeling that God is not hearing/present to them, when previously, God's presence and benevolence to them was much more deeply felt and tangible. At times, when the anguish or problems are too much, and one's prayers seem impotent, thoughts enter the mind like- What if none of this is true? What if you are really on your own in all of this? Because it feels like you're praying to a wall. Of course, at that point, you react by pushing it away- you say, God is wisdom and we are all foolish, He knows what he's doing. You remind yourself of former experiences of God in the past and tell yourself that God is real, just quiet. But sometimes the thoughts don't go away easily.
Is this considered a sin of doubt with your faith? How does your faith deal with those who experience it, or help them?- What are the remedies?
I'm pretty sure every person of faith has felt something like this before. I know I have. For me, it helps to go to the Psalms. When I was a child my church would always sing an adaptation of the 61st Psalm, and it always comes back to my mind when I face moments of doubt and defeat:
1 Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.
2 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
3 For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.
4 I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.
I think about what David must have felt when he uttered that first line: Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer." I think he might feel like I do many times when I come before God--not always confident that my prayer will be heard. But as he begins to cry before God, he remembers who his rock is. That is what we must do. We must use moments like this not as times of discouragement, but as times to remember and rejoice in the goodness of God, what he has done for us in the past, and what he will do for us in the future.
It is hard sometimes, but we must never lose sight of who it is we cry out to and turn to in time of trouble. Jesus is the rock that is higher than us. His ways are not our ways, and even when it feels like we've been abandoned that isn't true. God is a shelter for us, a strong tower against the enemy. He hides us in his wings, and we abide in his house forever.