Choosing Faith

3158677447_35880f6b7cFor some, choosing to believe in the Christian God is as foreign a concept as choosing to believe in Santa Claus or the Tooth Fairy. It just doesn’t seem possible to radically change your way of thinking right on the spot. Believe me, finding faith is usually a much more gradual process.

First, you need to really want to have faith. That is essential. Without the desire for faith, it will probably never come. The desire for faith usually manifests when you perceive that the faithful are more happy, well-adjusted and generally better off psychologically and emotionally than you are. Listen to testimonies. Visit with the truly faithful. If you want to be more like these people, you will find your desire for faith growing inside of you.

You’ve got to pray. That’s right, get down on your knees and pray. No one has to see you. Just do it. Ask God to give you faith and remove the doubts and hindrances which block you from accepting Him. Have an open mind. That makes it so much easier.

Read apologetics literature, not just the Bible. Chances are, your lack of faith stems, in part, from logical difficulties you have with certain aspects of the Christian belief. Trust me, we all have those. Good apologetics addresses most of those issues and while it may not completely convince you, it may start you thinking in new directions. You will come to see that not all things are as black and white as you once believed. After all, billions of people have contemplated Christianity for thousands of years on both sides of the fence. Chances are practically nil that any of your objections are absolutely original. Every objection you may have has likely already been addressed.

Go to church. Begin immersing yourself in the Christian lifestyle. One of the simplest things you can do is attend a church service. Here Christians are usually on their best behavior, anyway. So you are more likely to be desirous of emulating them. Also, you may begin to feel a pressing human desire to belong. In this case, peer-pressure is a good thing. It may also be advantageous to get to know the pastor. Make an appointment with him or her to discuss your faith issues. That’s one of the things they are there for.

Walk the walk. This means to emulate that which the most faithful do. Volunteer. Serve. Love thy neighbor. This is admittedly difficult but it may be just the push you need to kickstart your faith. You often hear of a “leap of faith” but sometimes you need to “leap for faith”.

If you continue do all of these things, you should be well on your way to an honest to goodness communion with God. You have chosen faith.

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