Have you ever had a crisis of faith? How did you deal with that?
If you feel comfortable, please share why- but what I'm really curious about is how it affected your faith from that point on. Thanks for sharing!
First of all, I believe everyone goes through a "crisis of faith" at sometime in their life. I have had doubts and questioned my faith at different points in my life. Usually, how I have handled it is to read and delve into research on religion(s). Right now, I am involved in some church classes to learn more about my religion in the 21st century. It is interesting and enlightening and I am meeting others who have doubts and questions also. We have small discussion groups and it really helps to hear others' experiences. So, talking with others and learning more about your religion helps to ease the anxiety brought on by a "crisis in faith" or vice a versa.
I, at one time had this crisis and it gave me confirmation that all religions are flawed. I lost my faith totally. However, God didn't stop looking for me. He found me and I never again had this crisis of faith, and will never again have it. I'm glad He found me.
When we accept God in our life, crisis of faith comes up regularly.
It enters my life as a test. My role is to pass with Honors. And from that moment on, I feel even closer to God's love.
My crisis of faith was a longterm issue...ending in my 16th year when I chose to leave the Catholic Church to pursue a study of Buddhism...I have now entered my 38th year of buddhist practice...a diligent beginning! While it was a difficult decision to come to, It is a decision I have not once regretted.
For me, a "crisis of faith" is when ego gets rowdy.
Ego is that vulnerable part of the self that is part of the physical universe. It is the "false self." It is based on action-reaction, so it can be "hurt."
My most recent "crisis" involved a passage in the Bible which said that if you treat others unkindly and you say you love God, you are a liar. In my own moments of weakness, I have been unkind to others. I have allowed my own frustrations to rule me. So, I had found myself to be a liar. That hurt. But it also proved to be an opportunity to clean up a dark spot I had missed. And there are so many left to clean up. I can only welcome each opportunity.
But my favorite definition of "faith" makes "crisis of faith" into an oxymoron. If one has the faith (100% or perfect) confidence that Peter had to walk on water (even though it lasted only a few moments), then there is no room for doubt or "crisis." This definition of "faith" is not found in the dictionary, likely because few have ever experienced it. I have, and it is the most beautiful state I have ever experienced--one I would dearly love to make permanent.
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