Alternative to God?
May 6, 2012 7:09 PM Subscribe
What if you don't believe in God anymore? What then?
posted by triggerfinger to religion & philosophy (63 answers total) 54 users marked this as a favorite
Most of my life I believed in God, which always brought me great comfort during difficult times. Many years ago, I really started to question my belief and have been at the point of pretty much non-belief for at least five years. Though I would probably label myself as more agnostic than atheist.
I'm going through some hard times recently and also went through a bad patch a year or two ago. Antidepressants help, but what has been hardest for me is not having that source of comfort and peace that I was able to rely upon when I was much younger. For those of you who have been or are in a similar situation, where or in what do you find comfort and hope? I would say the majority of my friends are religious or spiritual and their stock answer to people with difficulties is - "pray!" or "God will see you through this" or somesuch. While I deeply respect their belief, this is not the most helpful advice for me. I do like to keep lots of good quotes that inspire me which I read again and again; but it's not really the same as the more deep spiritual feeling that I can rely and trust totally upon something else. Like where I could tell myself to turn it over to God or let things go and he will guide me and/or keep me from harm. This is so comforting to me. Can this feeling ever be replicated? What can I do to help guide myself through difficult times? I've tried to "act as if" there is a God (since I am in the camp that thinks we can never really know) but it seems empty and fraudulent. I would love any advice or experiences you could share, thanks.