With each passing day my faith in God and Christianity is drifting apart and am inching closer to atheism. How do I restore my faith?
I came across this question on Quora and after reading the answers decided to also answer it and post it here on our blog.
You are not the only one who asks this question. I’ve asked this more than once and unfortunately still struggle with my relationship.
First I want to define what I mean by faith in Christianity. To me it is a personal relationship with God and Jesus, someone I pray to daily and someone who lets me know that He is there and that cares for me.
I wish it was a constant moving forward where every day I felt closer to God than the day before, but that rarely is the case. My path has been filled with ups and downs, time when I felt so close and times when I lived without thinking of Him or feeling His presence.
I’d love to know if Billy Graham or other leaders of our faith felt that way but I know that Mother Teresa did. She wrote about it and it was published in Mother Teresa- come be my light. I’d recommend you read this book. It might inspire you but I’m sure it will help you know that you are not alone. Others struggle with this question also.
Things you can do to restore your faith:
- Spend time reading the Bible and praying. James 4:8 says “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” I know there will be times when you read and don’t get anything out of it or pray and feel like God is far away but don’t get discouraged. Keep it up and I believe God will draw closer to you.
- Spend time with other people who want to get closer to God. Hopefully you can find this group in your church (if you go) but if not ask around and keep searching until you find one.
- Find Christian friends. It is said you become like those you hang out with so if you want to strengthen your relationship with God, hang out with people who are following God.
- Serve others with the right motives. There is something about giving your time and skills to serving other people that will draw you closer to God. Some of the times I felt closest to God was when I was on a mission trip serving others. We’ve built and repaired houses in the United States and abroad. I look back on those times not only with fond memories but remembering times when I knew God was real. If this is something that you want to know more about check out Poverty Resolutions. These guys went down to Haiti after the earthquake, not with any plans, but just to know what it was like to live in Haiti after the quake. Their experience changed their lives forever. They documented their story in a pretty powerful video that I’ve linked to here.
- Memorize Scripture. Chuck Swindoll says: “I know of no other single practice in the Christian life more rewarding, practically speaking, than memorizing Scripture…No other single exercise pays greater spiritual dividends! Your prayer life will be strengthened. Your witnessing will be sharper and much more effective. Your attitudes and outlook will begin to change. Your mind will become alert and observant. Your confidence and assurance will be enhanced. Your faith will be solidified.” Joshua 1:8 says “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” – NIV. There are several simple ways to memorize Scripture – The low tech and high tech methods.
- Write down your thoughts. I’m not sure this will help everyone and I have been inconsistent over the years but I’ve found that writing down my thoughts helps me grow my relationship with Christ. If you are interested one of my business blogs that I write for can be found here and my personal one is at vitamvas.com.
- Finally I personally find stories of other people who have struggled comforting and inspiring. One of my favorite resources, besides YouTube, is I am Second.
Don’t give up. I think every Christian who really wants a relationship with God has struggled. At the end of our life we want to say what Paul said: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.” 2 Timothy 4:7.
The Bible says to pray for one another. I’m praying that you will take a step closer to God and that He’ll draw closer to you. I finish with one more Scripture from Philippians 4:7 “you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”