reply to post by honested3
I joined this site to reply to you and have found there are many creative high-intelligence thinkers here, something that feels good to me. I landed
on this thread because I was searching for answers to my feelings of discouragement, lately, with my view of the world (people) today. I identify, in
many ways, with your thoughts/comments. My Christian history is much like yours. I know I could be posting comments to the question at hand, but maybe
my reply to you will fit the bill.
To give some background to my following comments, I will just say that I have had a year of many losses. Coming from a Christian background I can
handle/resolve my issues with losing people I know who were also "believers." My most difficult struggle now, though, is in losing a close
friendship with a "non-believer." I knew, from comments, that I was having a good influence on my friend. Then, it seems, our "season" of close
communication came to a parting of ways since we each made choices according to our respective beliefs that created a new distance between us. This
has discouraged me because I would love, more than all the worldly things you speak of, to see this friend become a person of faith (again). It seems
"the world" (people) has led (influenced) him away from the "innocence" he once had (as a Christian youth).
Some people say our "faith" as Christians is just a fairytale, much like the innocence of childhood, and we should just "grow up" so that we can
see things maturely. I can assure you I have explored the "other side" of life in an effort to understand where others are coming from yet always
return to my roots.
I also read the comments of spartacus699 about getting older as not being a matter of innocence but that we lose our trust of people; and then we see
our own untrustworthiness.
With my experiences of this past year I have found myself very alone (not lonely) in searching for comfort and for answers. I don't know if these
last comments will help anyone; but, for me personally, it has greatly helped me to take my "focus" off of "people" and place it onto my God. For
me, after all the circumstances and "nasty" people life brings my way, He is truly the One I can trust in the end.
I believe we live in a modern world of many distractions that influence our innocence and our faith. I think the question posed in this thread "may"
arise from a feeling of wondering just "who" can we trust in this world. If I can't trust anyone, (including myself) and I lose my innocence, and
possibly my conscience, because "people" are full of it, then who can I trust? Am I then all alone? How scary is that? When we then start talking
about fear, we move away from love. My personal belief is that love is
the source we must
acquire for our very survival as well as our
. A distraction is just that, something that pulls our attention away from more important things. Maybe the question asked should be,
"How can I minimize all the distractions of this modern world so as to maintain my peace, demonstrate love and keep my soul/heart pure?" When we
move back in the direction of love, (something all innocent children understand) we can then trust again; we can trust ourselves, and we can trust our
Your comments, in many ways, reminded me of the book of Ecclesiastes; Solomon was also discouraged. I want to encourage you to "keep up the good
fight." When we lose people from our lives, whether through the death of their bodies or the choices of their souls, God knows it all... most of all
He knows our hearts. In the end, God is our true life-giving source... people are not. My prayer for you is that you find a way to take your focus off
of "people" (not off their salvation, not from loving them, but off their reactions, man's thinking, what the Bible calls the "fear of man") and
fall in love with Him