I want to believe in God but I don’t know how.

Sometimes the idea of God makes a lot of sense but all of the ramifications of believing in God are hard to swallow. If you find yourself wishing you could believe, you’re not alone. Consider praying a prayer like this:

God, I don’t know if you’re out there. I’m not sure how I feel about you if you are. But if you do exist I’d like to know more about you. Reveal yourself to me. Help me to find you.

It says very clearly in the Bible that those who seek God will find him. Ask God to reveal himself to you. Be honest about your reservations. God is not offended by questions or doubts.

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306 Responses to “I want to believe in God but I don’t know how.”

  • Chris Chris says:

    deer…so sorry to hear of your struggles but they are common to us all and after walking with jesus for 40 years now, can tell you as he himself said that he is the way, the truth and the life. God understands our needs and came in the very person of christ to live and teach us, to heal and die for us so we could have his very presence inside of us. this do. let the new testament and jesus words fill your heart and life. as you do, those thoughts that try to dominate your mind will they themselves by dominated by jesus words of life and confort. the bible itself says that our human minds are not subject to the Word of God and cannot comprehend the deeper things of God so dont expect your mind to submit to what is spiritual and unexplainable because it wont. simply let your heart receive what jesus has said. mix faith with it and you will find your life being transformed by the same living power that resides in Gods heavnly promises. John 6.63 to 69. i pray jesus would become more and more real to you as you partake of his words since he is the living Word made carnate for you dear friend amen!

  • Deer says:

    I’ve lost belief in God. This effectively ruined my life and sent me into a spiraling depression. I’ve been this way since I was 8. It comes on waves. I’m only 15 and every time I’ve been depressed it happens because I know that after death I will cease to exist, this is all some cosmic accident and it means nothing once my consciousness is snuffed out. I have a part of me that has doubts in the possibility of an afterlife, however I don’t know. I am. Searching for hope and faith to find reason in such an abstract idea. Our consciousness is so abstract and impossible sounding that its the only thing that gives me hope. If there is a god I don’t see why it would be a Christian God rather than Islamic or any of the other religions. Maybe they’re all manifestations of the same thing and it doesn’t matter which one you believe in. Essentially it depends where you were raised. So I’m hoping that sticking to Christian faith like I was raised on will lead me to the light and help me pull out of this hopeless feeling that I’m simply alive and well eventually cease with no concsiousness for eternity. Somebody please help me. The only reason I don’t kill myself to avoid this dreadful mindset is that death is the very thing that I’m afraid of. If I had the ignorance I once had, only then I could be happy. Somebody please help me.

  • Shelley Shelley says:

    Thank you Viera for your comment, and may the Lord our God bless you.

  • viera says:

    JC. .God made us with free will so we can choice. We are not robots but we have free will. We are tested to see if we choose good or bad if we choose good God or evil.Even angels were tested before world was created. How we will show our love to God? -that we will do what he wants -to believe and follow Jesus God’s son. How love grows in relationships? By overcoming hardship. God sent his Son and he was punished for our sins so we don’t have to be punish by faith in Him. God is holy and all unholiness and sin has to be punish but God in his love gave us way out from sin in Jesus.

  • Chris Chris says:

    jc…sorry to hear of your confusión. without knowing the details of what you are referring to about being punished, its hard to offer clear advise but i will try anyway. . .since sex is always on the fore-front these days, i will guess you might be referring to that in some way. we understand that God is not against us having sexual pleasure as long as it is within the confines of the marriage partner he gives to us. otherwise, the bonding that takes place between people who arent married but have sex creates terrible emotional and physical complexities for them which they do not realize. God isnt an oger. he simply wants to protect us and knows that sex outside of a marriage commitment will only lead us down the wrong road of suffering. its not a question of punishement but of a loving father who wants to preserve us. jesus died so we could enjoy life the way God wanted it to be enjoyed but we must understand the principles to do that as found in the bible. if you would like to know how to live truly happily and be blessed by doing things Gods way and not our own which lead to bad consequences on our part so many times, log onto knowingjesuspersonally.com or click talk to a mentor above. i pray now that jesus would bring peace to your heart as you understand that he who truly loves us, knows whats best for us too. please feel free to continue your blog if you would like to detail other questions you are not clear about. blessings to you today!!

  • JC says:

    If God is real why is everything such a riddle? He made us, so why is he testing us then potentially punishing us for actions he created? It’s all so confusing. I’d love to believe in him but none of it makes sense.

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