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    Quote Originally Posted by element771 View Post
    Hi All,

    It has been a while since I last posted here and I come back at a time of what I suspect is spiritual weakness.

    I have been in this place before. Last time, I basically read everything I could get my hands on which ultimately convinced me that Christianity was indeed true. I the[n] proceeded to post here and other places where I would regularly engage atheists and skeptics. Their arguments never bothered me then[;] I am not sure what is going on now.

    About a week ago, I just had an uneasy feeling. I kept thinking… what if I am wrong? How can I really believe this stuff? This is too good to be true.

    I really don't know what started it[.] [P]erhaps it was the beginning of a new year[,] and I am turning 40.

    It sucks because my life could not be going any better. I am so thankful for the many blessings that have been bestowed on me and my family.

    To be honest, I really don't know why I am posting this. I figured maybe I should reach out to the people that helped shape my faith in the first place.

    I just have so many questions now [—] [q]uestions that I thought I had dealt with or been answered.

    Anyway, thank[s] [to] any one who reads and responds to this. I would appreciate any advice that anyone may have.

    Best,

    E771
    Think in terms of spiritual warfare. We are all engaged in spiritual combat regardless of whether we are aware of it or not. I often forget this myself. Numerous questions in my mind can arise that I might have no satisfactory answer for. An onslaught of doubts and disturbing thoughts can arise within a very short span of time. Assaults vary in intensity and duration; some are prolonged, some short-lived. Believers may experience times of relative peace or tranquility in this present age, but as soldiers, we are duty-bound to fight and press forward. The point of attack is the believer’s faith, for without faith it is not possible to please and obey God. The many exhortations to persevere in the New Testament make it clear that the battle we are engaged in is not child’s play.

    I would encourage you to contemplate upon Ephesians 6.10–20.
    [I]f what you have heard from the beginning remains in you, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. … The one who has the Son has the life; the one who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. (1 Jn 2.24; 5.12, LEB)

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    Farewell. (Sat., 24 Mar. 2018)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparko View Post
    The [B]ible tells us to expect such things. [F]or instance, 2 Thes[salonians] 2:2 [reads:] 1 “Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, 2 not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. 3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, […]” [(NKJV).]

    [A]nd 2 Tim 4:4 [sic][:] “Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will renounce the faith by paying attention to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, […]” [(NRSV).]

    All the more reason to remain faithful.
    The latter scriptural quotation is from 1 Timothy 4.1, not 2 Timothy 4.4.
    [I]f what you have heard from the beginning remains in you, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. … The one who has the Son has the life; the one who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. (1 Jn 2.24; 5.12, LEB)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrift View Post
    When you go through these periods of doubt, turn off all of that silly theist v[ersus] atheist debate nonsense. Unplug from the internet, and even message forums like this. They're not going to encourage you. All they're going to do is make you feel more anxious. […] [par. 2]
    Sound advice.
    [I]f what you have heard from the beginning remains in you, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. … The one who has the Son has the life; the one who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. (1 Jn 2.24; 5.12, LEB)

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    If you have one close by, join a Kairos Prison Ministry group and go on a retreat. 3-1/2 days in a prison watching the miracle of God's love transform lives of hardened criminals will transform your life as well, and smooth out your Christian walk. I know there are a lot of ministries you get involved with but few will change your life as you minister like this one. I can tell you it really made and continues to make a huge difference in my walk with Christ. The group I'm involved with are well over an hour away from where I live and the prison I serve is over 3 hours away. But it's well worth it. If you will PM me I can check to see if there is a one in your state. and if so, who to contact.

    https://youtu.be/-rQXOL2Gjns

    This video is really a powerful testimony.
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    Hi All,

    Thank you for all of the advice. I am trying to take it one day at a time.

    I am reading my Bible and listening to sermons as often as I can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by element771 View Post
    Hi All,

    Thank you for all of the advice. I am trying to take it one day at a time.

    I am reading my Bible and listening to sermons as often as I can.
    Make sure the sermons you listen too are strictly orthodox. There is a lot of dubious, or outright heretical stuff out there.
    Micah 6:8 He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

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    Quote Originally Posted by element771 View Post
    Hi All,

    Thank you for all of the advice. I am trying to take it one day at a time.

    I am reading my Bible and listening to sermons as often as I can.
    Sounds good. I would take the advice of another poster and add music. I try to make sure the lyrics exalt God: say Be Thou My Vision, Give Me Jesus, Great is Our God, etc.
    "For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings." Hosea 6:6

    My time to be on TWeb is unpredictable. It may take a few days for me to see your post and respond.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jedidiah View Post
    Make sure the sermons you listen too are strictly orthodox. There is a lot of dubious, or outright heretical stuff out there.
    I have been sticking with Timothy Keller, CS Lewis, and William Lane Craig.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Faber View Post
    That sounds like a problem with me back in the 1970s. less than a decade after I had become a Christian. I was in a sound Bible teaching church, strong on teaching and getting involved. I was getting involved in a lot, and many people looked up to me as an example of a spiritual Christian because I was doing so much.

    I was heavily into the Bible, but it was like a bad diet of good food. I was heavy into history and doctrine, but not reading it as God's love letter to me. It was just like reading a college textbook.
    Eventually I realized that I was spiritually weak because of that. I fit well into the description Jesus gave to the Church of Ephesus,



    Jesus's solution was "...remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first.'" (Rev 2:2-5)

    In ten days from now it will be exactly fifty years ago that I received the Lord Jesus. I remember fighting it for months, then finally I gave in, sat down on this wire-framed chair with a table top that had a telephone, called a classmate and she led me to the Lord. (In fact, I found her address on the internet, clear across the other side of the country, and mailed her a thank you card.) But I remember years later, when I was under a heavy burden, there was that table in the attic at my parents' home. I sat down on it and poured my heart out to the Lord. It really worked.

    I remember a sermon by John R. Rice, "Come Back to Betel." It described Jacob's first encounter with God at Bethel, and how he left a stone there as a memorial to his experience. It was many decades later, that God called him to return to that place where he first experienced God.

    Maybe this works.
    a table? almost literally a "lamp stand"

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Remonstrant View Post
    The latter scriptural quotation is from 1 Timothy 4.1, not 2 Timothy 4.4.
    oops. Thanks

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