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    Christian Advice Requested - Thread: Journey from athiesm/agnosticism to faith?

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      Journey from athiesm/agnosticism to faith?

      Has anyone made the journey from athiesm or agnosticism to a strong faith? Or maybe made a round trip...raised with faith, moved towards a state of non belief, and then returned to a belief in God. If so, what helped you on your journey? I've read Merton ' s Seven Storey Mountain, but am not aware of many other books or resources that detail such a journey.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Girl 406 View Post
      Has anyone made the journey from athiesm or agnosticism to a strong faith? Or maybe made a round trip...raised with faith, moved towards a state of non belief, and then returned to a belief in God. If so, what helped you on your journey? I've read Merton ' s Seven Storey Mountain, but am not aware of many other books or resources that detail such a journey.
      Yep. I did.

      What helped was reading the gospel according to saint Matthew.
      Saint Jude, author of the new testament letter.

      He is the patron of impossible causes because the scriptural Letter of St. Jude, which he authored, urges Christians to persevere in difficult times.

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      What helped me is realizing just how sinful I was and what God was allowing to happen in my life because of it
      Isaiah 40:31

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      I think I'll do that, read through Matthew again. Thanks

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      Dark Night of the Soul by st. Catherine of Sienna is a perennial work on spiritual dryness (which ties in very well with what we call agnosticism or soft atheism today).

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      Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Girl 406 View Post
      I think I'll do that, read through Matthew again. Thanks
      ​It is an excellent gospel to read
      Saint Jude, author of the new testament letter.

      He is the patron of impossible causes because the scriptural Letter of St. Jude, which he authored, urges Christians to persevere in difficult times.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Girl 406 View Post
      Has anyone made the journey from athiesm or agnosticism to a strong faith? Or maybe made a round trip...raised with faith, moved towards a state of non belief, and then returned to a belief in God. If so, what helped you on your journey? I've read Merton ' s Seven Storey Mountain, but am not aware of many other books or resources that detail such a journey.
      I'm odd in many respects (that's just an advance warning because most people don't seem to think or work the way I do, whether that's a good thing or not is subject to some debate )

      I was raised in the church, went through the motions of attending church, then experimented with parapsychology and the like, gradually got into ceremonial magick, then left it all because it seemed like following Jesus was the right thing to do. A couple of years later a succession of things caused me to decide I wanted nothing to do with the church (although looking back it was as much an issue of not wanting to be like the other Christians I saw around me as not wanting God) and went right back into magic and the occult in general. Not far shy of 20 years later another succession of Very Strange Events brought me back to God.

      I'm a fan of talking to real people rather than books, although talking to me online is going to be more akin to reading a book than talking to a real person in that you don't know me and have no way of determining whether my story is credible or not. If you'd like to hear more I'm happy to say more, I just kept it brief so you didn't get a wall of text that wasn't what you were looking for.
      "Do what thou will shall be the whole of the law" - Aleister Crowley

      "If you love me, obey my commandments" - Jesus Christ

      The Bible comes as a complete package. If we want to pluck verses out of context so make them mean what we want them to mean, if we want to ignore the passages that are inconvenient to our outlook, we should be intellectually honest enough to throw our Bibles in the trash and admit we are following Crowley and not Christ.

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      A great journey and by divine intervention I was transformed "let he who steals steal no more" my first act, second was lying, third was jealousy and 4rth was forgiveness, no longer a grave sinner but just a simple sinner in need of God, I found Christ and my world was flipped turned upside down
      Thank God for his intervention in my life, care to know the whole story? Perhaps I will prepare my testimony and share it sometime in the near future... Thread bump btw!

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      Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Girl 406 View Post
      Has anyone made the journey from athiesm or agnosticism to a strong faith? Or maybe made a round trip...raised with faith, moved towards a state of non belief, and then returned to a belief in God. If so, what helped you on your journey? I've read Merton ' s Seven Storey Mountain, but am not aware of many other books or resources that detail such a journey.
      I was an Ayn Rand atheist from 19 to 36 years of age, denying the existence of God and scorning those who affirmed Him...

      I was so far from God that only God could reach me...

      And when I got to the end of my own efforts at self-healing and failed...

      Then the heart of one that was broken and humbled God did not despise...

      He came...


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      Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Girl 406 View Post
      Has anyone made the journey from athiesm or agnosticism to a strong faith? Or maybe made a round trip...raised with faith, moved towards a state of non belief, and then returned to a belief in God. If so, what helped you on your journey? I've read Merton ' s Seven Storey Mountain, but am not aware of many other books or resources that detail such a journey.
      There are many such stories, read about the man who wrote Amazing Grace, read a couple others that come to mind like Mike Warnke who was a satanist. Quite a few others out there not hard to find in a Christian bookstore
      Isaiah 40:31

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