I want to be religious but I can’t believe in it Watch

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A part of me wants so badly to believe in a religion and just to have that positive outlook on life, that structure, that set of rules to follow, but I can’t make myself believe in the existence of a God in my head. What should I do?
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depending on the religion go visit the spiritual place e.g church,temple etc

and speak with someone there
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Hi there. Why is it you want so badly to believe in something you evidently don't? Do you think maybe religion could help answer some of your problems?
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Well your probably not religious then :P

I'm a self defined Christian I suppose, I like the general jist of not being sh1tty to each other and it has some good branding, it really just seems to go pear shaped when other people get involved.
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You can't force yourself to believe. It must come to you naturally.
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A part of me wants so badly to believe in a religion and just to have that positive outlook on life, that structure, that set of rules to follow, but I can’t make myself believe in the existence of a God in my head. What should I do?
Research from the perspective of both sides and then come to a decision yourself
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A part of me wants so badly to believe in a religion and just to have that positive outlook on life, that structure, that set of rules to follow, but I can’t make myself believe in the existence of a God in my head. What should I do?
Might I suggest that those things can come from outside of a religion and that it's not necessary to believe in a God in order to have that?
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Hi there. Why is it you want so badly to believe in something you evidently don't? Do you think maybe religion could help answer some of your problems?
Well I like the whole community aspect and that kind of purpose being religious gives to life. It kinda feels pointless to ‘live your life well’ when in the end it’s the same thing that happens to us all.
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To me, it sounds like you're looking to the idea of religion as a solution to some stuff going off - perhaps how you're feeling or something else. There's no harm in trying to believe, but why live your life around something which you think is false? Even if you agree with the values of the religion. My mum, for example, is a christian but doesn't believe some of the events in the bible are true. She thinks it's a load of rubbish that someone could walk on water and make food out of thin air - but she still believes in God.

Maybe you need to do the same - find a compromise between the religious books and what you believe to be feasible, in order to follow a religion while also being true to yourself.
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Might I suggest that those things can come from outside of a religion and that it's not necessary to believe in a God in order to have that?
I know, but it’s difficult to justify being kind or moderate or charitable or patient when nothing seems to come of however I choose to behave. I’d like to believe in my mind that, by living well, it will all come back to me in the end in some way. Religion feels like a nice template for the way I want to live but it’s the god part that I’m struggling with
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I know, but it’s difficult to justify being kind or moderate or charitable or patient when nothing seems to come of however I choose to behave. I’d like to believe in my mind that, by living well, it will all come back to me in the end in some way. Religion feels like a nice template for the way I want to live but it’s the god part that I’m struggling with
I see. Have you looked into Buddhism (which I'd class as a philosophy rather than a religion)? No god(s) in that afaik
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it's possible to have morals without religion you know
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I know, but it’s difficult to justify being kind or moderate or charitable or patient when nothing seems to come of however I choose to behave. I’d like to believe in my mind that, by living well, it will all come back to me in the end in some way. Religion feels like a nice template for the way I want to live but it’s the god part that I’m struggling with
Just follow the template and leave out the God part?
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Yo dude I don’t want it to sound like I’m forcing my religion on you but I was on the same boat until I discovered Wicca. If you’re into preserving nature and karma and stuff like that, go check it out. It’s very personal for each follower so for example, I don’t choose to believe in the gods and goddesses AS gods and goddesses; I just believe that they’re personifications of nature itself, and choose to worship that instead.
Good luck and blessed be
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Yo dude I don’t want it to sound like I’m forcing my religion on you but I was on the same boat until I discovered Wicca. If you’re into preserving nature and karma and stuff like that, go check it out. It’s very personal for each follower so for example, I don’t choose to believe in the gods and goddesses AS gods and goddesses; I just believe that they’re personifications of nature itself, and choose to worship that instead.
Good luck and blessed be
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Hahaha what??? People who believe in Wicca actually exist?! I’d absolutely love to believe in witches and fairies but I’m not sure it’s quite for me. I’ll look into it though
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I know what you mean, because I've felt the same. Sometimes you just want something to believe in, it's comforting when times get hard. But you won't get the comfort you seek if you don't truly believe.

When I wanted to be religious, I researched different religions to see which was the best fit for me, and I gave up with it because I just thought how stupid is it that there are so many different takes on religion, different theories that people believe 100%, yet not everyone can be right - so the majority of religious people are believing in an incorrect or inaccurate version of reality.. if there is anything real in it at all.
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A part of me wants so badly to believe in a religion and just to have that positive outlook on life, that structure, that set of rules to follow, but I can’t make myself believe in the existence of a God in my head. What should I do?
Frm the beginning, God wanted relationship direct with man, not religion and intermediaries/

God is love, that's why he looks for relationship to properly express and communicate with man.

That's why the gospel says you need to e born again, to receive God's Spirit, to allow him to introduce himself to you.

We all have, I hope you visit and see what a difference it makes!
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read the Bible (the word of God) often, it'll help you believe in him.

also just gonna drop this here😄

https://youtu.be/nA7aKv13RaM
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Just start going to church. Try it out. I didn’t believe in god. I was going to church with people I support in work and I loved attending. I started going myself. And slowly, the more I listened, the more I participated, the more it made sense to me. If you want to do it, then go. There’s no harm in going.
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A part of me wants so badly to believe in a religion and just to have that positive outlook on life, that structure, that set of rules to follow, but I can’t make myself believe in the existence of a God in my head. What should I do?
You can have a positive outlook on life without religion. You can follow a set of practical rules from any religion you like (apart from the actual religious aspects, clearly). You can be a good, moral person without having a reason why.
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