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  • JustUrAvgSingaporean's Avatar
    25 posts since Jun '15
    • I was raised a Catholic. Used to go church every Sundays, attend catechism classes, baptized, and even went for confirmation. But as I grew older, I started having doubts about my faith and question why all of this? Does God even exist? Its not as if like there is any evidence of his existence and most of the stories in the bible I find them to be quite comical (such as the story of Jonah and the big fish – how is it even biologically possible to swallow a man whole? And in the story how did Jonah survive without food, water, or air for 3 days? Or the other story about Jesus making bread and fish appear out of thin air? Like what???? How’s that even make any sense?)

      Also a lot of my friends are of other religious faith and each of them tell me the same thing – Believe in their religion or risk going to hell. So basically all the religions are telling me to believe in them or I’m going to hell and each of them claiming that there is some ‘evidence’ or ‘proof’ in why their religion is right and others are wrong.

      So logically speaking. As a educated person, obviously not all of them are right as there can’t be more than one god right? Because of this, I have stopped going to church and stopped praying and saying the rosary as I have many doubts and thoughts.

      So, my question is, (and not that I’m ready to give God another chance) how do I go about making myself believe?

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  • Rozyfrdyse's Avatar
    20 posts since Dec '17
    • Firstly, I would like to say that God is everywhere. Never should testing the god if you are going down in your life. Keep faith and patience. Because everything we get according to time, before the time I cant get anything. the whole process depends upon our "Karma". So friends never judge the god and doing good "Karma" in life. One day, your time will come. And you got everything.

  • Justagal83's Avatar
    1 post since Jan '18
    • Talk to him. Talk to God. Tell Him about your struggles to believe in Him and ask Him to help you believe in Him.

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    12 posts since Jan '18
  • Giorson Parsey's Avatar
    61 posts since Dec '17
    • You can learn a lot about Jesus, his life, and his qualities by reading the Bible books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Those books are called the Gospels. Because Jesus is just like his Father, what  you read will also help you come to know Jehovah better. That is why Jesus could say: “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father also.”​—John 14:9.

      16. What did Jesus teach? Where did Jesus’ teachings come from?

      16 Many people called Jesus “Teacher.” (John 1:38; 13:13) One of the most important things that he taught was “the good news of the Kingdom.” What is this Kingdom? It is God’s government that will rule over the entire earth from heaven and bring blessings to people who obey God. (Matthew 4:23) Everything Jesus taught came from Jehovah. Jesus said: “What I teach is not mine, but belongs to him who sent me.” (John 7:16) Jesus knew that Jehovah wants people to hear the good news that God’s Kingdom will rule over the earth.

      17. Where did Jesus teach? Why did he work so hard to teach others?

      17 Where did Jesus teach? Everywhere he found people. He taught in the countryside as well as in cities, villages, markets, places of worship, and people’s homes. He didn’t expect people to come to him. He often went to them. (Mark 6:56; Luke 19:5, 6) Jesus worked hard and spent much time and energy teaching people. Why? Because he knew that God wanted him to do that and because he always obeyed his Father. (John 8:28, 29) Jesus also preached because he felt compassion for people. (Read Matthew 9:35, 36.) He could see that the religious leaders were not teaching the truth about God and his Kingdom. So he wanted to help as many as possible to hear the good news.

      18. What qualities of Jesus do you like the most?

       18 Jesus was a man who loved people and cared for them. He was kind and easy to talk to. Even children liked to be with him. (Mark 10:13-16) Jesus was always fair. He hated corruption and injustice. (Matthew 21:12, 13) He lived at a time when women didn’t have many rights and were not treated with respect. But Jesus always treated women with respect and dignity. (John 4:9, 27) Jesus was also truly humble. For example, one evening he washed the feet of his apostles, something that was normally done by a servant.​—John 13:2-5, 12-17.

      Jesus reaches out to touch and heal the sick

      Jesus preached wherever he found people

      19. What example shows that Jesus knew what people really needed and that he wanted to help them?

      19 Jesus knew what people really needed, and he wanted to help them. This was very clear when he used God’s power to heal people miraculously. (Matthew 14:14) For example, a man with leprosy came to Jesus and said: “If you just want to, you can make me clean.” Jesus was moved by this man’s pain and suffering. He felt sorry for him and wanted to help him. So Jesus stretched out his hand, touched the man, and said to him: “I want to! Be made clean.” And the sick man was healed! (Mark 1:40-42) Can you imagine how that man must have felt?

      ALWAYS FAITHFUL TO HIS FATHER

      20, 21. How is Jesus the best example of obedience to God?

      20 Jesus is the best example of obedience to God. No matter what happened or what his enemies did to him, he was faithful to his Father. For example, Jesus did not sin when Satan tried to tempt him.  (Matthew 4:1-11) Some of Jesus’ own family didn’t believe he was the Messiah and said that he was “out of his mind,” but Jesus kept doing God’s work. (Mark 3:21) When his enemies were cruel to him, Jesus stayed faithful to God and never tried to harm them.​—1 Peter 2:21-23.

      21 Even when Jesus suffered a cruel and painful death, he stayed faithful to Jehovah. (Read Philippians 2:8.) Imagine how much he had to endure on the day he died. He was arrested, false witnesses accused him of blasphemy, corrupt judges condemned him, mobs laughed at him, and soldiers tortured him and nailed him to a stake. When he was dying  he cried out: “It has been accomplished!” (John 19:30) Three days after Jesus died, Jehovah resurrected him and gave him a spirit body. (1 Peter 3:18) A few weeks later, Jesus returned to heaven, “sat down at the right hand of God,” and waited for God to make him King.​—Hebrews 10:12, 13.

      22. What opportunity do we now have because Jesus was faithful to his Father?

      22 Because Jesus remained faithful to his Father, we now have the opportunity to live forever on a paradise earth, just as Jehovah purposed. In the next chapter, we will discuss how Jesus’ death makes it possible for us to live forever.

       

      God bless giorson parsey...

  • Giorson Parsey's Avatar
    61 posts since Dec '17
    • Try this...

       

      Gregorian chant is the central tradition of Western plainchant, a form of monophonic, unaccompanied sacred song of the Roman Catholic Church. Gregorian chant developed mainly in western and central Europe during the 9th and 10th centuries, with later additions and redactions. Although popular legend credits Pope St. Gregory the Great with inventing Gregorian chant, scholars believe that it arose from a later Carolingian synthesis of Roman chant and Gallican chant.

      Gregorian chants were organized initially into four, then eight, and finally 12 modes. Typical melodic features include a characteristic ambitus, and also characteristic intervallic patterns relative to a referential mode finalincipits and cadences, the use of reciting tones at a particular distance from the final, around which the other notes of the melody revolve, and a vocabulary of musical motifs woven together through a process called centonization to create families of related chants. The scale patterns are organized against a background pattern formed of conjunct and disjunct tetrachords, producing a larger pitch system called the gamut. The chants can be sung by using six-note patterns called hexachords. Gregorian melodies are traditionally written using neumes, an early form of musical notation from which the modern four-line and five-line staff developed. Multi-voice elaborations of Gregorian chant, known as organum, were an early stage in the development of Western polyphony.

      Gregorian chant was traditionally sung by choirs of men and boys in churches, or by men and women of religious orders in their chapels. It is the music of the Roman Rite, performed in the Mass and the monastic Office. Although Gregorian chant supplanted or marginalized the other indigenous plainchant traditions of the Christian West to become the official music of the Christian liturgy, Ambrosian chant still continues in use in Milan, and there are musicologists exploring both that and the Mozarabic chant of Christian Spain. Although Gregorian chant is no longer obligatory, the Roman Catholic Church still officially considers it the music most suitable for worship. During the 20th century, Gregorian chant underwent a musicological and popular resurgence.

       

      God bless giorson parsey! Amen!!

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