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Why do I feel like this?(about belief)

Asked by RockerChick14 (948 points ) February 7th, 2013 from iPhone

I feel like I believe in god but when someone ask me if I believe in god I feel like deep down inside I don’t.

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Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

I have literally no idea why you feel this way because there can be dozens of reasons. I will say there is nothing wrong with feeling this way.

livelaughlove21's avatar

You’re pretty young, yes? It’s normal to be unsure what you do or do not believe in. You’re still figuring these things out. I wouldn’t worry too much about it.

Unbroken's avatar

Some people are still defining and refining their position throughout their life.

There is so much to learn it is a big subject. It’s ok to tell those people that you wish not to discuss it or your undecided etc.

Welcome to fluther btw!

fundevogel's avatar

It’s a good thing to recognize. The best thing now is to put some serious thought into the matter. Talk to people you feel comfortable with, read books or articles that interest you. Don’t feel like you have to make up your mind now. Just do what you need to do to refine your understanding. Remember it’s ok not to have an answer, so long as you’re still learning.

RockerChick14's avatar

Yeah I am pretty young. I’m almost seventeen.

Pandora's avatar

Sometimes people like to treat their faith like their dirty little secret. It may be that privately you do believe or very much want to believe without any doubt but your faith isn’t strong enough to really take on outside criticism. So you feel your inside fold up like a house of cards. You need some time to reason why you believe and it can’t be because you were raised to do so. Faith is an individual thing that can’t be taught. One can follow blindly but than that really isn’t faith. That is being naive or lazy. Real faith comes from the heart.

glacial's avatar

Oh boy, these are exciting times. Upon hearing this, all kinds of people are going to try to convince you that their way is best, if you’ll only just read this or watch that, whatever it is. Be a little wary of others’ attempts to get you on their side.

Don’t be afraid to explore your beliefs (or lack thereof) – seek out information; there’s a lot of it out there to be had. See what you agree with and what you don’t. Maybe start out by thinking of one reason that you believe, and one reason that you don’t, and try reading a book on each topic. Whatever you end up deciding, you will find a lot of support if you ask for it.

Imadethisupwithnoforethought's avatar

Believe whatever you want to believe. Trust me, I have read the quantum physics and the books left out of the bible. Either way, you are making great leaps of faith. The science folks don’t like to admit it, but their theories make as much sense the religious folks do. The math tells them they are right, until they ignore the fact that math tells them math can’t explain itself without a reference frame.

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

God doesn’t need you to believe in it. If it did, then it wouldn’t be God.

Go out and enjoy some good sushi. Flirt with someone and throw a dollar at a homeless person. Yell at the moonrise and piss in the snow. If there is a God, it wants you to enjoy life rather than worry about it.

nofurbelowsbatgirl's avatar

I think you are ready to explore your feeling about faith, about which way you want to decide to go. I think it’s because now at the age of seventeen other people can or have influenced you and its a confusing time, many people have many different opinions. And maybe on television or in movies or in school someone may have said something that makes more sense and God doesnt always make sense to us. Sometimes if you find what your interested in whatever that happens to be, reading a teen oriented book on the subject of your choice may help guide you through the difficulties. If you accept and love God that is ok with me. I accept and love God :)

NostalgicChills's avatar

You’re at the age where a lot of people start to question their beliefs. I went through it. (I’m 17, only a year older than you) I was a roman catholic for a long time, but then I started to be doubtful. But I was scared to lose belief in “God” because I thought I would rot in hell. But slowly I started to change and now I’m an agnostic-atheist. It’s completely normal.

Sorry if this response is choppy or just not a good answer- It’s midnight and my eyes are literally closing as I type this.

rojo's avatar

You are young and stupid. But please, do not take offense at this. I am old an stupid.

But I am trying to better myself.

LostInParadise's avatar

I have a way out of your dilemma. Ask yourself this one simple question. What would I do differently based on whether or not there is a god? I am guessing that you will not be able to think of anything, in which case you can forget about the issue and get on with your life.

Seek's avatar

Only you can decide whether god is real for you. If your religion is the type that prays or mediates, find a quiet place and search for god within yourself. If you find god, awesome. If you don’t, that is fine too.

There is nothing wrong with questioning faith. We have all been there, some of us several times.

thorninmud's avatar

“Deep down inside” is an interesting place. It can be a little scary because there’s whole lot of “I don’t know” down there. Once you’ve spent enough time down there you start to trust that not knowing. It comes to feel more like the real deal than all of the stuff we pretend to know.

But you shouldn’t listen to me or anyone else about this. Keep looking deep down inside.

KNOWITALL's avatar

That is the age a lot of us start questioning things, and it’s completely natural. I recommend you study more about God and even other religions, then see what makes you feel comfortable and makes sense in your heart and mind. :) Good luck!

Paradox25's avatar

Maybe you’re somewhat like myself, where I believe there is likely a ‘higher power’ of sorts, but not in the way that most mainstream religions portray. I can’t tell you why you feel the way that you do, but there’s nothing wrong with thinking in the way that you explained. There are probably alot more people in your camp than you realize.

Adagio's avatar

@RealEyesRealizeRealLies ”… yell at the moonrise and piss in the snow.” You may be amused if I tell you that when I first read your comment I thought I read “yell at the moonies…”, it certainly made me smile.

hearkat's avatar

I am in my late 40s, and my concepts of spirituality and philosophy are always evolving; and that seems to be the case for many people. I feel that some of us are wired to be seekers and questioners, who often find that attaining one answer only leads to several new questions. I am coming to find inner peace with this, because I feel that such deep contemplation keeps my mind more open and a yields a greater appreciation of the diversity and common bonds between us all.

tashasudo's avatar

That’s completely okay. I know exactly what you mean. I’m young, too, and I think a lot of us feel this way. We’re still figuring our beliefs out. :)

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Random1324's avatar

What I like to do is put everything everyone ever said about religion and science and things like that, is to mush them all together, and see what it would make, and look at what a dilema it would create or greatness of the philosophies and perfection then look at your OWN thoughts, then decide for yourself which is right and wrong in your own personal beliefs.

This might confuse you, basically I just said, believe what you want to believe.

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