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Offline leapers

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Regaining Faith
« on: January 13, 2008, 07:32:31 PM »
I am new to the forum, so I hope I am posting in the right place!

First let me state this: Growing up,  I was taught (my my parents) to believe that there is only one religion and and the others are evil.

About four years ago, a series of tragic events ( three relatives I was very close with passed away & I lost my job due to health reasons) occurred. These series of events shook my faith and beliefs to the point where I didn't know what to believe in anymore (I felt like every thing I had previously believed in was a lie.), so I stopped believing in everything.

Fast forward to late last year.
I became friends with someone who is steadfast in his faith & beliefs (Eastern Orthodox). We had conversation one night where he was describing his religion to me. It warmed me to the core, to the point where I was in tears. This conversation ignited a spark in me and has lead me to reading more/researching more to see if it is the right path for me. This man will never know how much his friendship, kindness, patience, and that conversation means to me.

Please pray for me...that my inner strength does not waver (again) as I continue on this spiritual journey.

~Leapers~

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Re: Regaining Faith
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2008, 08:28:11 PM »
May the Lord guide you throughout your journey.   :)
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Re: Regaining Faith
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2008, 09:42:24 PM »
Lord, keep Thy servant.
Question a friend, perhaps he did not do it; but if he did anything so that he may do it no more.
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Offline GabrieltheCelt

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Re: Regaining Faith
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2008, 10:19:25 PM »
Lord, have mercy on thy servant.
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Re: Regaining Faith
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2008, 10:42:04 PM »
Lord have mercy on your servant.
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Re: Regaining Faith
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2008, 10:54:08 PM »
Been there. I know quite well how you feel. My path brought me to Orthodoxy; perhaps yours will lead you there as well.

Lord have mercy.
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Re: Regaining Faith
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2008, 11:18:13 PM »
Lord, have mercy.
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Re: Regaining Faith
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2008, 12:08:18 AM »
May the Lord bless you on this hard journey and guide you safely and strengthen your faith!


I will be praying for you.

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Re: Regaining Faith
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2008, 08:29:15 AM »
Lord, have mercy!
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Re: Regaining Faith
« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2008, 03:59:52 PM »
Lord, have mercy...

I am in the same boat, sort of, except that I was not even taught any religion when I was little (grew up in the former USSR). I became a Christian as an adult, was baptized when I was already past 40, and then chrismated Orthodox (one year ago). But I am surreounded by many wonderful people who have no religious faith whatsoever, and they all are so better than I am, and they do so well in life, and they all argue with me about all this "religious nonsense," as they call it, and they always, inevitably, win all the arguments.

Right now, I do believe in God, in a supreme being, so to say, and I want to be saved, to live eternally in a changed, transformed world. But I feel like I have millions of doubts about any religious doctrine. That's why I stopped praying a couple of weeks ago; just cannot do it - it eats me up that I am just performing a hypocritical ritual.

Any spiritual  help would be greatly appreciated... or maybe time will do the healing, I don't know.
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Re: Regaining Faith
« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2008, 04:28:16 PM »
Lord, have mercy...

I am in the same boat, sort of, except that I was not even taught any religion when I was little (grew up in the former USSR). I became a Christian as an adult, was baptized when I was already past 40, and then chrismated Orthodox (one year ago). But I am surreounded by many wonderful people who have no religious faith whatsoever, and they all are so better than I am, and they do so well in life, and they all argue with me about all this "religious nonsense," as they call it, and they always, inevitably, win all the arguments.

Right now, I do believe in God, in a supreme being, so to say, and I want to be saved, to live eternally in a changed, transformed world. But I feel like I have millions of doubts about any religious doctrine. That's why I stopped praying a couple of weeks ago; just cannot do it - it eats me up that I am just performing a hypocritical ritual.

Any spiritual  help would be greatly appreciated... or maybe time will do the healing, I don't know.

It seems that you already have faith Heorhij. Faith is nothing more than a hope that future events will come true.

Lord have mercy on Leapers and yourself.
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