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  • People join scientology to try and feel fulfilled and happy. Fact of the matter is the whole yahweh cult's really blood, death, and vengeance. It stifles natural impulses and tells us we're all disgusting, wretched creatures almost unworthy of attention. What about it or your life right now's got you in the pit?
  • I don't feel that way after 14 years of being a Christian... Satan makes you think bad things about yourself, God gave you a "brain" to decide on what's right and wrong =)
  • No, being Christian gives you confidence that no matter what happens, Christ is with you & that you can face whatever awaits through faith.
  • Satan does his work on us with doubts & all kinds of other things. But it also is not about Satan. It has been found that there can be abnormalties in chemicals in the brain. You need to seek help from someone. Go to your doctor first & tell him or her how you are feeling. Christian or non-Christian can suffer from depression. I really DO hope you get help from someone soon since you expressed that you feel suicidal. Please don't do anything to yourself!
  • Don't worry, things always look bad just before they get better. God loves you, and that is all that matters.
  • Just because you're a christian doesn't mean you can't get depression like other people. It could be caused by too many harmones being produced.
  • When you say Christian,you are saying Jesus is Lord over your life. If Jesus is Lord over your life, You are a victor! Jesus won the battle on the CROSS for you. So, dont be decieved, cheer up! God is the Source of joy and peace. Just ask for peace. The LOrd Lord is just a prayer away. God bless you!
  • Because it's a load of crap.. Think for yourself or even check out some humanist sites. Atheism isn't to bad, it says you have ONE life. make the best of it instead of living a crappy one hoping for a better one next time around. I'm not telling you what to do, but there are no answers in that book unless you really buy all the death, killing, whore mongering and evil mentioned in the bible that's "supposed" to bring you happiness. It certainly never did for me or for millions of others who also think independently. Try http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/forums/ They seem real good at cheering me up.. ;) If all else fails try writing to a friend or someone who actually cares about YOU instead of their agenda. ;)
  • Christianity teaches you that it is wrong to be depressed because God handles everything..I even had people go as far as telling me that if I was depressed I was demon possessed. Which is why I no longer believe in the God of Heaven. I won't tell you not to but I will tell you that since I have been atheist my depression has slacked up almost 75% because I am depnding on myself for my happiness and not God/Christians who judge me everytime I do every little thing wrong. Depression is a mental illness.
  • You want the truth? It's (likely) a two part answer... First off, it's unlikely that you've been taught (or learned) the real truths about God, His Kingdom. and why you're here, or what Laws of His you're still supposed to obey. More than likely you've been taught a bunch of false doctrines.....might I ask if you've ever read COMPLETELY through the bible on your own? If the answer is no then what I said is nearly a certainty. You really do need to read the bible yourself and by so doing you will become aware of many deceptions and false teachings which are riddled throughout nearly all the various so called christian denominations. Every church I've ever attended has truth mixed with error and the only way to sort through the tangled mess is to read and know what the bible says. The second reason you aren't happy, is because you're current focus is on the depressing events and circumstances going on in your personal life as well as the real conditions of the whole world. Jesus said the last days would be perplexing....worse than the world has ever seen. The greater our faith, hope and understanding, the better we're able to comprehend and cope. When you reach a point that your only real hope or goal is to please Almighty God, and even the knowledge of being killed as you do so doesn't overly concern you....that's the place where you find the peace you're talking about. It's like when you can say, my life`is so messed up, but now my main goal for remaining on earth is to be an example and a light for those who don't know God, and so long as God can use me, I want to remain here to help others...this sort of self-sacrificing view leads to happiness and inner peace.
  • If you don't like the way you feel change what you believe, find a new perception that fills your life with worth. Never expect that to come from anywhere but from with in you. Inward has all the answers outward is a disconnect switch.
  • I'll answer your question with a question.Does 1 John desribe you and 1 Corinthians 6:9,10.
  • depression can be situational or it can be a medical condition...find a therapist to help you figure this out...find either a christian therapist or a therapist that happens to be a christian...let your congregation know that you need prayer for this...it may be that you need medication but a therapist can help you figure that out while your congregation prays for you to recognize the solution God has intended for you.
  • Being a Christian is like being any kind of person. You're not going to feel happy all the time. That's impossible. Christian or not. Please do as Always Curious suggested and see your doctor. He/She will not think you're a maniac. As my doctor explained to me when I was first diagnosed with depression, he sees thousands of patients a year with depression and that it is a physical illness much like diabetes. You didn't cause it and you can't just will it away. There is a chemical imbalance in your brain that is causing these feelings. There are very real chemicals that send signals through your brain and when those get messed up, it causes depression. Sometimes it just takes a little medicine to get the balance restored again. In my case it took a little longer and a lot more medicine but in the end, I am feeling great and yes, I have been suicidal before. You can and will feel better if you get help. Being a Christian does not solve all our earthly/worldly problems. That will not happen in this world. That's why we hope for the next.
  • Christianity will not cure anything. It was never intended to. Don't you think that if Jesus was God, he would make everything perfect? Well he doesn't exist. The truth of the matter is that you are the only one who can cure yourself. People can help, but you are the one who lives your life. Do you see all of the miserable Christians who believe in Jesus? Well they are all around you, despite the happy faces they wear. Try working on your mind. Realize that you control your mind, because that is the truth. If you are having thoughts that bring you down, realize that you are allowing those thoughts to enter your mind. You need to learn how to make your thoughts work for you. What value do negative thoughts have? Nothing, so block them out. Replace them with thoughts that help you. Maybe there is something deep down that is bothering you. Maybe you subconsciously know that you need to be doing something to prepare you future that you are not doing, so you are feeling down about it without realizing it. No religious person or psychiatrist can cure you, they can only give you advice, and I tell you from experience, that you have the power within, even if you don't realize it, the power to help yourself. You don't need anyone else.
  • By looking at the questions and answers on you profile it looks like you are depressed and suicidal because of bad choices in your life. Also I would attribute a lot of what you are feeling to being a teenager. That is a very confusing and depressing time of life. You think you know everything, but no one will listen. You think you can do anything, but on one will trust you. Don't blame any of this on God. Make better life choices and mature a bit and things will get better.
  • The purpose of the Gospel amy is to teach us how to become more like our Father in Heaven. Thats why He gives us commandments and such, to help us establish a life that will bring happiness IN THE LONG RUN, not COMFORT and FUN. There is a big difference. One of the best ways that we grown and become more is through oppositions, challenges and trials. We all face these in life. And when we face them with the help of Heavenly parents while at the same time doing all that we can do ourselves (and Christ helping with the rest) then we eventually emerge on the other side of the trial, and we look back realizing just how much God has helped us to grow though trials he blesses us with. You have to experience the bitter to truly appreciate the sweet. And the sweet does come, Amy, but we are asked to endure and be patient in our trials. Some of us are given life long trials, other's passing and more temporary. But God will test us to see just how dedicated we are, how serious we are about following him. Keep pushing on, having the confidence and faith that even when you feel you can go no further, someone will extend to you the help you need, even in your darkest hours, if you will saty unshaken and believe. And, Amy, should everything feel like its crashing down, remember that the ultimate reward of following Christ isn't had until after this life. That reward is returning to live with a loving and caring Heavenly Father that knows you better than you know yourself. Satan will do all he can to stop that, and you definately have Satan's attention once you choose to follow CHrist. Be strong my sistah, and if ya need anything you know you have friends here as well as other places in life!
  • Because u don't believe in ur religion like u did earlier.
  • Bible Health Laws By Douglas S. Winnail -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Did Jesus Christ abolish the health laws given in the Old Testament, or are they still relevant today? Can biblical health laws, given thousands of years ago, be meaningful and practical in today’s society? The answer may surprise you! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The health laws found in the Bible pose an interesting dilemma for anyone who believes in following biblical teachings. The Bible clearly states that certain foods are not to be eaten, and that certain behaviors are sinful and an abomination in God’s sight. Yet people have been claiming for centuries that Jesus did away with these regulations, and that they are burdensome, outdated, bizarre and even barbaric. But just how did these laws come about? Who authored them, and why were they given? Did Jesus really abolish them, or are they still applicable today? Medical science and history and sound Bible scholarship agree—the answer is absolutely contrary to what most who profess belief in Christ wrongly assume! Origin of the Health Laws The biblical health laws are usually referred to as the Laws of Moses. Many scholars assume that Moses collected primitive taboos to form a code of laws. Some claim that the reasons for clean and unclean foods are purely arbitrary, irrational or unexplainable. Some anthropological speculations suggest that unclean animals are imperfect members of their species—tell that to a pig and you will probably get a well-deserved snort of disgust! Educated scholars also claim that the biblical laws have nothing to do with health, but were merely rituals to separate the Israelites from their pagan neighbors, and that only Jews need to observe these laws today. However, all these attempts to explain the biblical health laws are inadequate, as we will see in this article. In Leviticus 11–20, where these laws are first outlined in detail, we find that "the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying to them, ‘Speak to the children of Israel, saying, "These are the animals which you may eat"’" (Leviticus 11:1–2). This same introductory statement precedes the enumeration of other health laws in the book of Leviticus. According to the Bible, the author of the biblical health laws was not Moses—but God Himself! God explained to the Israelites that if they obeyed His commandments they would experience "none of the diseases" that plagued other nations (Exodus 15:26). God gave these laws to His chosen people so they could be an example to the world! God wanted their better health to be noticed by surrounding nations who could then inquire how they, too, could gain the same results (see Deuteronomy 4:1–8). While some theologians have naively suggested that these "regulations" were given to Israelites to punish them for their disobedience, these laws were actually given by a God of love to show human beings a better way to live. The health laws were to be taught by the priests, because of their fundamental importance! It is quite instructive to read what Bible reference books have to say about the health laws. Halley’s Bible Handbook states: "Moses’ Law… [including] its Health and Food regulations, was far purer, more rational, humane and democratic than, and showed a wisdom far in advance of, anything in ancient legislation, Babylonian, Egyptian or any other" (24th edition, p. 138). Eerdmans’ Handbook of the Bible states: "Today we are able to understand and appreciate the sound principles of diet, hygiene and medicine which these laws express" (p. 176). The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, commenting on Leviticus 11, states that "the Levitical laws of cleanness have no known extensive parallels in surrounding cultures," so the idea of Moses borrowing primitive taboos does not hold up, because "surrounding cultures exhibit little of this sort of law." While some scholars assert that the biblical laws were not given for reasons of health, this same commentary states that "the spiritual and hygienic reasons for the laws may still be affirmed. They are remarkably valuable in the area of public health… These laws protected Israel from bad diet, dangerous vermin and communicable diseases... These were rule-of-thumb laws that God gave in His wisdom to a people who could not know the reason for the provision" (ibid.). Thus, the idea that these biblical laws are outdated and old-fashioned and have nothing to do with health is simply nonsense! Dietary Laws The most familiar biblical health laws define clean and unclean meats—creatures that are acceptable to eat and those that are not—yet most people (even theologians!) have little or no understanding of the medically sound reasons behind these instructions! The scientific wisdom behind the biblical dietary laws is seldom taught today; instead, these laws are commonly viewed as Old Testament regulations that are no longer applicable. However, as Eerdmans’ Handbook of the Bible comments: "These lists [of clean and unclean creatures] have a significance often ignored. Far from being based on fad or fancy, these lists emphasize a fact not discovered until late in the last century… that animals carry diseases dangerous to man" (p. 176). In fact, the same animals labeled unclean in Scripture still carry parasitic diseases that are still dangerous to human beings today! "Clean" land animals are ruminants—grazing animals such as cattle, sheep, deer and elk—whose digestive tracts are designed to turn grass that human beings cannot digest into meat that we can digest. Most unclean animals are carnivores or scavengers that can transmit dangerous diseases to human beings. Pigs eat roots and grains, rather than grass, and thus are ecological competitors to human beings. Clean fish have fins and scales. Unclean aquatic organisms like clams and oysters are filter feeders that purify water, and that concentrate poisonous chemicals and pathologic bacteria and viruses in their tissues. Eating an oyster is like eating your vacuum cleaner bag—yet modern connoisseurs do not like to think about this! Crabs and lobsters are scavengers that eat dead things on the bottom of bodies of water. Most unclean birds are carnivores or scavengers. God in His wisdom inspired laws that protect humans from contracting dangerous diseases, but also protect "nature’s clean up crew" by making them "off limits" as food for mankind (for more information on this subject, request our free reprint article, Do You Really Want to Eat That?). These biological principles still operate today. As a point of illustration: the SARS outbreak was traced to an area in southern China where civet cats (an unclean animal) are eaten as a delicacy! However, the laws of clean and unclean meats are not the only biblical instructions that concern diet. In Leviticus 3:17, we read that "you shall eat neither fat nor blood" (cf. Leviticus 7:23–27). One of the most significant discoveries in the last century was that high fat diets are linked to increased levels of heart disease, stroke, cancer of the colon and breast and a host of other pathologies—including obesity—that bring additional complications. Our challenge is to learn to recognize major sources of fat in our diet (visible fats on meat, fatty cuts of meat—like bacon, generous amounts of heavy dressings, spoonfuls of oil, etc.), and reduce our intake of fats that are high in calories and often high in saturated fats. It has also become painfully obvious in recent decades that contaminated blood and blood products can transmit AIDS and hepatitis. The simple principle of avoiding fat and blood is a powerful principle of prevention—if it is followed—because it still works today! Biblical principles also cover the use of plant foods—carbohydrates. Ezekiel was instructed to make a nutritious bread from "wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet and spelt" (Ezekiel 4:9). This was a multigrain bread containing complex carbohydrates for energy, different kinds of fiber and multiple amino acids for proteins and bodybuilding. It was not a highly refined product like today’s common breads that have most of their nutrients removed, then are misleadingly called "enriched" when a few nutrients are added back. The Bible advises us to use sweets like honey or other simple sugars sparingly (Proverbs 25:16; 27). We are warned against overeating—gluttony (Proverbs 28:7). Modern books on health give the same advice! The biblical dietary guidelines are not old-fashioned, burdensome regulations—they are divinely inspired guidelines that have taken mankind’s science thousands of years to understand! Liquid Refreshment! Many sincere religious people believe it is evil and sinful to drink alcohol. Yet, when we look at the biblical health guidelines, we find that drunkenness is what is sinful—not the use of alcohol. Warnings against the misuse of alcohol run throughout the Bible (Genesis 9:20–21; Ephesians 5:18; 1 Peter 4:3). Yet, it is worth noting that Jesus’ first miracle was turning water into wine at a wedding feast (John 2:1–11). He would not have done this if drinking alcohol were a sin! However, priests were forbidden to drink on the job (Leviticus 10:9). Paul advises Timothy about the medicinal value of wine for an upset stomach (1 Timothy 5:23). The beneficial effects of moderate amounts of alcohol have been one of the surprises of modern medical studies. People who use alcohol in moderation—a glass of wine a day—have fewer heart attacks than alcohol abusers or total abstainers! Elderly people with digestive problems caused by a lack of stomach acid experience improvement when they take a small glass of wine with meals. Biblical instructions about alcohol are in harmony with scientific evidence, and are still applicable today. We may use alcohol, but we must develop character to use it properly. Childbirth Laws and Circumcision At first glance, some may think that biblical instructions about childbirth are biased against women. At the birth of a male child, a woman was considered unclean for 7 days and continued in a state of purification for 33 days; following the birth of a female child, the mother was considered unclean for 14 days and her purification period was 66 days. (Leviticus 12:2–5) However, these instructions fit very well with modern scientific discoveries about childbirth and development and disease prevention. By declaring a woman who had just given birth unclean, the biblical health laws required whoever touched the new mother (especially the midwife) to wash and to avoid immediate contact with other people—a practice designed to prevent the spread of diseases such as childbirth fever, which claimed untold lives throughout history. It was not until the mid-1800s that an Austrian physician, Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis, recognized that the spread of childbirth fever could be prevented if birth attendants washed after a delivery—yet biblical health laws had promoted this practice almost 3,000 years earlier! But there are even more benefits in these instructions. While a new mother was unclean (7–14 days), she was free from the duties of cooking and ordinary housework—giving her time to regain her strength after delivering a baby. During the purification period (33–66 days), she remained in semi-isolation, thus avoiding crowds and contact with disease germs that could harm her or her newborn child. She was not required to travel to a place of worship to make an offering until the end of her purification period. Since travel was often arduous, this gave a nursing mother time for her breast milk to come in, to establish a feeding routine and for the baby to build antibodies and gain strength. The longer period for female babies was not due to male chauvinistic bias. Even today, female babies often have lower birth weights and higher mortality rates, so this longer period at home with the mother was meant to give them a better start in life. The Bible instructed that male babies were to be circumcised on the eighth day (Genesis 17:12–14; Leviticus 12:3). Modern scientific studies have shown that the blood-clotting mechanism in a baby is not fully developed until the eighth day, so it was not wise to do a surgical procedure earlier because of the threat of hemorrhage (see None of These Diseases, McMillen, pp. 20–21). While some well-meaning people consider male circumcision barbaric, medical science shows that circumcised little boys have a reduced risk of urinary infections, circumcised men have lower rates of cancer of the penis and women married to circumcised men have much lower rates of cervical cancer! The custom of female circumcision is a totally different matter. It is non-biblical, and should not be confused with biblical circumcision of males, where only the foreskin is removed. Female circumcision, however, actually removes part of a woman’s genitalia, rather than just skin tissue. Female circumcision is simply mutilation, and has nothing to do with biblical circumcision. Sanitary Laws and Quarantine The biblical laws of sanitation were clearly ahead of their time! There was really no way to fully understand the reasons for these laws until the invention of the microscope, the discovery of bacteria and the pioneering work of pathologists in recent centuries, yet these ancient biblical laws have proven scientifically valid today! People who touched a dead or diseased animal or person—or even garments or secretions from a sick person—were to bathe and wash their clothes and avoid contact with others. Contaminated garments were to be washed or burned—important sanitizing principles that are still followed today. Dwellings that showed signs of mold, or that had harbored sick individuals, were to be cleaned, repaired or destroyed, to prevent the spread of disease (see Leviticus 13–15). Porous vessels that came into contact with dead animals were to be broken, since they would harbor bacteria. People showing signs of sickness were to be isolated—quarantined—until examined by a priest and declared well. People were to wash after having sex. Tattoos and cuttings on the flesh were also forbidden (Leviticus 19:28), for reasons that include the risk of contracting disease. Modern physicians warn that tattoos and body-piercing carry a risk for contracting infectious diseases like hepatitis B, hepatitis C, syphilis and HIV/AIDS (International Journal of Infectious Disease, 2001, 5(1), 27–34). In Deuteronomy 23:9–14, we learn that human wastes were to be buried, away from human dwellings. Today we call this sanitary waste disposal, and its benefits are widely understood but not always practiced—especially in poverty-stricken areas. History is filled with epidemics of typhus, cholera and dysentery, linked to the careless dumping of human waste into streets and rivers, or feeding human waste to animals that are then eaten. Burying human waste breaks the life cycle of many parasitic organisms that spread disease. This simple practice is much more effective, and less expensive, than treating disease after it breaks out—and God put this principle in the Bible thousands of years before mankind’s science understood its benefit! Moral Laws Many of the moral laws of the Bible also have definite health implications. Adultery and fornication are clearly forbidden in Scripture (Exodus 20:14; Leviticus 18:20; 1 Corinthians 6:9) because they threaten not only the stability of the family and society, but also the health of the individual. One of the most easily demonstrated facts of medical history is that promiscuity spreads diseases—often dangerous and deadly diseases of which AIDS is only the latest and most notorious. Sexually transmitted diseases bring suffering, disfigurement, infertility and death. This is one reason why Paul advises us to "flee sexual immorality," and warns that the person "who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body" (1 Corinthians 6:18). One reason why prostitution is labeled a sin in the Bible is that it spreads disease. Serious health risks are among the reasons why the Bible prohibits homosexuality (Leviticus 18:22; 20:13) and bestiality (Leviticus 18:23–30). Sexually active homosexual men have a much shorter life span than the average man, and a much higher risk of contracting—and dying from—a serious disease. The Bible warns that people practicing immoral sexual activity "lack understanding," because they do not grasp the serious risks they are taking—healthwise or otherwise (Proverbs 6:32). These health-related moral laws—and the consequences of breaking them—are still very much in force today! God is the author of the biblical health laws. The Bible reveals that God does not change (Malachi 3:6), which means that His fundamental laws do not change. The laws of biology did not suddenly change, or stop operating, when Jesus died on the cross! The same factors that caused or prevented disease in the days of Moses still operate today. Most ancient cultures had extensive lists of medicines and procedures for treating disease. The health laws that God gave to Moses, however, did not focus on treating disease, but instead focused on preventing disease and promoting health! This is why medical historian Ralph Major describes Moses as "the greatest sanitary engineer that the world has ever seen" because "Moses recognized the great principle that the prevention of disease is usually simpler and invariably more far reaching than the cure of disease… His doctrines [in the book of Leviticus] could be summed up by the objects of sanitation today—pure food, pure water, pure air, pure bodies and pure dwellings" (A History of Medicine, vol. 1, pp. 62–64). The biblical health laws are timeless! They were valid in the days of Moses, and they are just as valid—and applicable—today. The Bible reveals that when Jesus Christ returns to establish the Kingdom of God on this earth, the laws of God will be proclaimed to the world from Jerusalem (Isaiah 2:2–4). As human beings around the globe learn to live by these simple yet fundamentally important laws, their health will improve—and the plague of disease will begin to disappear (Isaiah 35:5–7). This is part of the gospel! You can play a vital role in this incredible transformation (Isaiah 30:20–21)—if you learn the value of applying these biblical health laws in your own life today! Did Jesus Abolish the Bible Health Laws? Did Jesus do away with fundamentally important biblical laws concerning human health? Those who believe this usually cite Mark 7 and Acts 10. Some Bible translations of Mark 7:18–19 say: "Jesus declared all foods clean"—yet other translations render the verse differently. When you compare Mark 7 with a similar account in Matthew 15, you find that Jesus was not even addressing the subject of clean or unclean foods—the issue in question was eating without a ceremonial washing of the hands! Acts 10 describes Peter’s vision of a sheet coming down from heaven containing unclean animals that he is told three times to kill and eat. Peter, who had been trained by Christ for more than three years, understood that this was wrong and resisted! While Peter pondered the meaning of the vision (Acts 10:17), several Gentiles arrived at his home. On hearing their mission, Peter grasped the meaning of the vision: "God has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean" (Acts 10:28). According to Scripture, Peter did not conclude from this vision that the laws of clean and unclean foods had been eliminated. This is confirmed by a prophecy that indicates when Christ returns He will bring judgment on idol worshipers and those who persist in eating unclean animals (Isaiah 66:15–17).
  • Amy, I do not know if you are struggling with clinical depression or spiritual depression, but I do suggest you go to your Doctor and exercise every other day to get feel-good chemicals in you. If your depression is related to your situation right now, remember that Christ came to set us free from the law and no longer make us obligated to follow it. Satan loves to bind Christians to the law to make them feel guilty and cling to and drive more people away from the joy that is Jesus. From my impressions of your parents, it appears that they cling to the law just like mine. I hope you are doing well with your work. If you ever want to talk to me, feel free to email me at this address: lydiaejoslin@gmail.com. Just put your name and Answerbag in the subject line. I am praying for you.
  • Being a Christian isn't some magic wand. It does make you fulfilled and happy, but not instantly. You have to grow into the life of Christ. Your fulfillment and happiness is going to be in direct proportion to how much time you spend in study and prayer, how much time you spend seeking the will of God for you and how obedient you are to His will for you. You have to remember that God created you. He knows you better than even you do. He knows what He created you for. His plans for you may stretch you and take you out of your comfort zone, but they will fall within what He has created you for. When you find His will for you, you are going to fit into it perfectly. He will give you what you need to fulfill his wishes, and doors will often open before you even touch them. It is up to you to seek that will and be sure you are on that path, that God is leading you and you are not trying to lead Him. That means staying in constant contact by prayer. It is okay to "put out a fleece" to be sure you are on that right path and you are hearing right. That happens all through the Bible. But once you are sure that God is speaking to you, it is up to you to do what He says, not keep putting out more fleeces to stall. When you do obey, you will find yourself fulfilled and happy no matter what your circumstance.
  • Being a Christian is far from being depressed or unhappy. It's the exact opposite. Christianity does NOT mean you will never have problems. The world will hate you and turn against you. So, the problems will always be there. But God promises to lead us through and to never put us through a temptation that we can not handle. I go through many trials but God comforts the broken-hearted. He leads us along the way. So problems aren't really problems when you trust God and have faith is Him. That is what many lack. I have been convicted of that many times. I keep trying to do things my way instead of trusting God. If He puts me through something, He will definitely pull me through. That makes me happy! Trust God with your problems. The more you want to do things your way, the more you will be unhappy. Don't rebel against His leadership. Trust Him. It's so important to remain in the Word. You may think you don't care for it when times are distressing you, but that will rejuvenate you and give you encouragement. As a Christian, you must grow spiritually. You need that daily nurishment and growth in Scriptures. Rejoice in the Lord, my friend. "Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!" -Philipians 4:4 Psalm 9:9 The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Nahum 1:7 The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him,
  • I'm sorry you feel depressed. I've been there. If relying on your church, family and faith have not helped you I can offer a couple thoughts. First - it's not your fault. No insufficient faith or trust in Jesus or God has gotten you here. Next - Some Christian communities are wonderful, supportive and genuinely caring. Maybe most are. But some are not - and they put blame on the person suffering for their suffering. I don't know what kind you are in - but if it's the second kind I strongly suggest getting out by any means possible. I don't know what you are feeling, how old you are or any of those things so I can only write the rest in vague generalities. If something rings true then great. God, Jesus and prayer will probably not help you. Your Christian community (if they are the supportive, accepting, loving kind) may. But depression is often a medical condition that can be helped with medication and therapy. Talk to a doctor. Depression can also be part of teenage. If you are a teen, talk to a trusted, supporting adult who's already been through it. Depression can also be a signal that something is out of balance. For instance - suppressing sexual feelings that your church says are evil. Or perhaps doubting your faith in a community that says that is a bad thing. But - depending on what your congregation and community are like your depression and your Christianity may be linked. I only say this because you put the two together. If that is the case the I strongly suggest seeking out some secular help. +5
  • Are you taking your psych meds? Some people think that they can stop taking their meds because other things in their lives are OK. That's not true. See a psychiatrist, you might need therapy and/or medication if you are not already under a doctor's care.
  • Because religion is not the answer to everyone's problems. I would suggest counseling and soon. You need to talk to and work through your depression with a licensed professional therapist.
  • If you belong to a church, there should always be some people around willing to listen/talk/pray for you about your feelings. I don't know you but I pray you'll draw closer to God, as I have realized this night. A speaker had once said, one of the privileges of being a Christian is that God is always there for you to pour out your deepest troubles to. So pray and gain some faith and just pray to Him sincerely and just give it all and with faith, know that if it is in his will, he will be a shield to you when times get too tough to handle. Man, i sound like just the people who i hated to hear when they just say something along the lines of. "Have troubles? pray to God. Life is unfair? pray to God. Nothings going right? pray to God." But honestly, it is such a relief to just cry out and be humbled so that you can be rebuilt with an unshakable foundation, that being God. Man, God bless, and i pray for you and your time of insecurity.
  • You are letting Satan get to you.
  • Sleep on it and try to enjoy your weekend.
  • Oh boy, ok strength (btw strength is shili =實力 you script is just li=力 which means power so i hope that's not a tattoo) if you are looking for something to make you happy then you enter with expectation and preconceived ideology on what the manifestation of you expectations will look like. This will normally lead to disappointment. You should have no expectations, if you wish to set goals then fine but do not assume that you know how your goals will manifest just wait for it and you will not carry disappointment and depression. +2
  • I don't know. Maybe you are just depressed but things will get better. :)
  • Perhaps you understand to truly have faith is a lonely road for all christians. Its hard to find people that are willing to travel with you. Trust me a I know.
  • Biblically speaking, Satan who is the enemy is getting the best of you. To overcome this issue, you have to pray and be strong-minded. God will help you find those hidden causes. Ephesians 6:12 "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."
  • If you don't believe with faith but then again if you have faith and it is weak pray for your faith to be stronger. And get into God's words, ask Him to lead you and read the Bible. :)
  • Because you are listening to the lies of the church. The church has a habit of making people feel guilty saying they are sinners. Churches do not like to forgive. Don't listen to them, study and learn about what the Lord God says and teaches. You will then be happy.
  • We continue to remain imperfect even though we are Christians. Hannah was distraught because she was unable to bear children (1 Samuel). The prophet, Jonah, asked God to take his life in Jonah 4:3. He was a chosen servant that was doing God’s will, however, he was having negative feelings. There are other examples of servants of God becoming overwhelmed with feelings of hopelessness, yet they continued forward doing God’s will. God gave them the strength to keep going. He can give you strength. Jeremiah 29:11 assures is that our loving God has plans of peace for us and a hope for the future. We have hope for the future and things will improve. Would you like to see the end of pain and suffering forever? I would also, I’d like to survive to see the fulfillment of the prophecies that will bring an end to satan’s System.
  • maybe you need to talk to god about that

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