reply to post by AdamLaw
I've skimmed through the thread, and don't believe anyone has given you a straight, simple answer to your question. There were some good answers of
course, but as usual it is preferable to simply turn to God's Word for an answer.
How then do you go about believing when you don't, in other words, where does faith come from and how do you get it?
King James Bible
"So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."
Quite simply. Read your Bible, study the scriptures, go to www.sermonindex.com and listen to some sermons. (I'll suggest David Wilkerson if you
don't know where to start, but that's just a suggestion.)
It will happen by itself, because God's Word is life, and has power:
King James Bible
"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of
the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."
I'll explain it in a more practical and pragmatic way if you like. You see, faith is experiential, not an intellectual position like atheism (which
is a dishonest, untenable position by the way, so maybe you mean agnostic). When you start to know enough about God's ways, words and promises and
are able to see their application in your daily life, then you will find, amazingly, that God starts to come through for you. You will find against
all odds that the Words of the bible are true. This experience will give you the faith you seek, which will then grow as you seek to obey the Words
of the God who created you. His love and compassion for you will become real, and you will find yourself relationship with none other than the creator
of the world....
Then you will understand why it is not just another belief, but a spiritual reality which you will be able to see with spiritual eyes, yet on the
basis of real experiences.
Spend time with others who have been through the process, as the testimonies of their own experiences will encourage you and further build your faith.