Surviving the Down Days: Faith

Unless the Lord had been my help, my soul had almost dwelt in silence. When I said, My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O Lord, held me up.  In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul. ◊ Psalm 94:17-18 ◊

A friendly disclaimer: I am neither scholar nor theologian, but I will be sharing my personal experiences with faith, Christianity, and depression in this post.

If you are not a person of faith, this post may be of no interest to you.  Or maybe it will, depending upon your willingness to keep an open mind and ignore the voices that tell you God cannot be real.  I don’t know.  You are free to make that determination for yourself.

You have been warned!

When I was ensnared in the depths of my major depression, I struggled to maintain what little bit of my faith remained. After experiencing a life-altering event, severe depression, and, perhaps, some slightly questionable preaching, my faith was completely shattered.

In this post, I would like to share three tips that helped me stay connected to God even as I experienced my crisis of faith. It’s been a long road and my journey is not complete, but I am thankful that God is true to his word – he did not abandon me; he did not forsake me.

I hope that these tips can help those who may be struggling to keep their faith as they work at defeating the destructive force that is depression.

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Christians- What a Bunch of Idiots (Part II)

GOD IS JUST A PLACEBO.  He is the ultimate sugar pill for those who fear their own mortality. He is a false comfort to people who cannot accept that death is our only final end.  God is a man-made creation designed to placate those of us who cannot accept that the world and all who inhabit it are mere accidents of nature. God brings false comfort to the psychologically weak and intellectually unsophisticated. He is a crutch for cowards who blindly relinquish control of their lives to a mythical, judgmental, man-made being. The joke is, in the end, on the Christian.

At the risk of sounding jaded, I’ve heard it all before.  The assumption that faith is merely a placebo isn’t new although, in my opinion, it seems the assumption of someone who either hasn’t spent much time with a Christian or who is painfully oblivious to the judgmental plank in their own eye.

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