Faith is hard

Faith is hard

‘Religion is something people invented to make them feel better about death’

 

‘Religious people are naive’

 

You might have heard something along these lines before.

 

If you’ve been here for a while, you’ll know that I’m a Christian. Recently, though, I’ve been struggling with it and I’ve had a lot of thoughts and questions running around in my head.

 

No matter how many times someone says to me, “God feels your pain” or “Lean on Him”, I still find it hard. This is coming from someone who, a few weeks ago, felt like they were in a good place with their faith and was taking steps forward and getting more involved. It’s not easy to have faith; it’s actually really difficult. Imagine putting all of your trust into something (someone) that you can’t see. Imagine relying on a single book – a big book but still, only one – for guidance about the situations you encounter in your life.

 

Despite everything that I’ve experienced in my life – and seen in others’, I’m still finding it hard to get myself back to the place I was in before. Even though it’s beginning to affect other areas of my life, I don’t feel motivated to try and understand my situation and look to God for help. That’s not to say that I don’t believe in Him; I believe that He’s responsible for placing me where I am now. It’s just to say that being religious is not just a label. It’s not just about believing in the existence of a higher being. It’s not naive. Religion is hard and it requires so much trust and effort in the same way that a human relationship does.

 

I feel that it would be wrong to end this post with no reference to the recent events. I don’t want to go into specific detail – because, if I’m being completely honest, I haven’t been following the news as closely as I probably should. What I really wanted to say is that it’s easy to get caught up in the blame game. The media know what they’re doing when they portray certain groups in certain ways or use particular words and photos to report a story. It’s so important to truly educate yourself on an issue before you can confidently make claims about it, otherwise, you’re essentially just making uneducated assumptions. With so much terror happening in the world, it makes no sense to add hatred on top of that. Go out and speak to people, educate yourself on what they truly believe and don’t let negative portrayals in the media or stereotypes and biases cloud your judgement.

 

I hope this makes sense – I don’t plan on reading it over. Hope everyone has/had a great Sunday!

 

Tidrah x

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7 thoughts on “Faith is hard

    1. I’m glad that you enjoyed it. A lot of people will tell you that it’s not an easy ride and I think it’s so important for people to know that’s it’s alright to struggle with it (:

  1. Faith. It’s something we ask God for, and that He is willing to give to us, but we have to accept it, which sounds like it would be easy, but it’s SO not a lot of the time.
    I think it was Peter Kreeft who said, “Only in a world where faith is difficult can faith exist.” And I think that makes sense.

    1. It’s definitely not easy. I think it seems that way when things are going right but I’ve realised that, as soon as life starts getting tough, it becomes harder and harder to accept it.

  2. Hey! I enjoyed reading this. It is tough to deal with the hard questions. But there are answers out there, even if you don’t get all of your questions answered. Be patient, seek after God in prayer and in His Word, and remember who you are in Christ. I have written about division in our society and on why God allows suffering in my blog if you want to check it out. I think assumptions, especially negative ones, destroy conversation about certain topics before it can even begin!

    1. Thank you. I think it’s so important to be able to talk about these things quite openly. Many people assume that all Christians are 100% sure of their position but we all have questions and doubts sometimes. I will definitely check out your blog, thanks for visiting mine (:

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