Hi, first of I am a Catholic. But for about 8 months I have questioned my faith. My mind brings up evolution and other stuff that I don't even know about. I am really struggling here. Everyday I fight my mind until I go to sleep. Please help, I wish I could just believe and move on. But my mind won't let me. Please, help me.
Most Helpful Girl
Which definition of God do you have? God is an abstract concept. attempting to wipe out the abstract concept of God is like attempting to wipe out the abstract concept of number 1 in mathematics. good luck with that.
Wiping the abstract concept of God from the realm of thinking is only possible if you are a subjectivist. If you are a subjectivist then you are either a subjective idealist, a mind-body dualist, or a materialist. All of which are refuted ontologies. And two former ones are actually theistic, which means they are too baseless that without a transcendental personal being they are impossible.
Being an objectivist, whether an objective idealist, or a physicalist, who believes in the monistic unity of mind and matter, will automatically lead to the concept of an almighty, not as a personal God, but an abstract concept of an absolute. The Spinozan and Hegelian concept of God as the substance.
If you are doubting your faith, I suggest reading Spinoza, Hegel, Nietzsche.
No philosopher was ever against the abstract concept of God. Old atheism was mostly equal to today's anti-theism. And anti theism is completely different than atheism.2
Most Helpful Guy
I use to be a devout Christian. I always thought that you were either had a religion, or you were an atheist. But i found that's not true. You can believe in a God, without following the rules of one particular religion.
I believe in a God, because i think there is more to life than animal instincts and chemicals in the brain. I don't believe that the world, and intelligent beings were made from a random, uncoordinated explosion. I believe the universe was created by an intelligent being or force of some kind. I also believe that our personalities and beings are our souls--not a random chain of chemicals in our brain. I also believe that our souls enter some kind of afterlife once we die--whether that be a heaven/hell, a plain oblivion, a single realm filled with multiple layers, or simply being reborn over and over and over again. All i know is that its impossible for our existence to just dissapear when we die. We are more than a hollow shell controlled like a puppet by chemicals. The only reason i didn't stick to my faith was because there are so many faiths out there that you are putting a lot on the line by choosing only one. I chose to live my life as the best person i can be, so that i can get into the best possible afterlife, regardless of what religion turns out to be true. I don't reject any religions, its just that i don't believe in one more than any other. If Christianity turns out to be true, I'd accept Jesus with open arms. If Bhuddism turns out to be true, I'd accept Bhudda with open arms. Etc.
If you lose your faith, you don't have to be an atheist. You can still believe in a God (clearly the more logical choice) without committing wholeheartedly to one religion. But if your faith makes sense to you, then by all means keep practicing it. But hey, its your choice. I wish you the best of luck in finding yourself in this world, and finding your piece of mind and true belief.2
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