Reformed Theology Having a faith crisis  Calvinism

Having a faith crisis

Reformed Theology Having a faith crisis  Calvinism
Having a faith crisis

I grew up in the Reformed church but I've always been a bit of a skeptic. Lately I've been questioning everything I believe in, and have been trying to construct a defined faith for myself. I can accept that some sort of higher being created the universe, for an orderly universe cannot be derived from nothing, and Jesus of Nazareth did exist. However, there are several points in the Bible and in Christian doctrine that seem to go against every ounce of logic I have. For example, it seems cruel for God to make a means by which man could sin in the first place. Or, if people can recognize God from creation, how could he then still send some people to Hell (who do believe in some form of God), and why bother creating them? Why would the Bible be needed at all? Even believing Christianity for the sake of going to Heaven doesn't work, because I'll always be going to Hell according to someone's religion. It all seems rather bogus to me. In the meantime, I've been doing a lot of research into religion in general, and Deism seems to nearly fit where I am at in terms of my beliefs. It seems a waste to give up on an entire lifetime of faith, but I can't keep accepting things on blind faith like I used to. It's all rather confusing, and I'm wondering if anyone has some advice for handling this faith crisis. What makes Reformed faith worth believing?

I grew up in the Reformed church but I've always been a bit of a skeptic. Lately I've been questioning everything I believe in, and have been trying to construct a defined faith for myself. I can accept that some sort of higher being created the universe, for an orderly universe cannot be derived from nothing, and Jesus of Nazareth did exist. However, there are several points in the Bible and in Christian doctrine that seem to go against every ounce of logic I have. For example, it seems cruel for God to make a means by which man could sin in the first place. Or, if people can recognize God from creation, how could he then still send some people to Hell (who do believe in some form of God), and why bother creating them? Why would the Bible be needed at all? Even believing Christianity for the sake of going to Heaven doesn't work, because I'll always be going to Hell according to someone's religion. It all seems rather bogus to me. In the meantime, I've been doing a lot of research into religion in general, and Deism seems to nearly fit where I am at in terms of my beliefs. It seems a waste to give up on an entire lifetime of faith, but I can't keep accepting things on blind faith like I used to. It's all rather confusing, and I'm wondering if anyone has some advice for handling this faith crisis. What makes Reformed faith worth believing?

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Submitted March 14, 2017 at 12:34PM by hgolinowski