That ever elusive “peace that passes understanding”
One thing that the Bible teaches is that those who have faith in God will have a peace that passes understanding. Christians have a variety of beliefs about this concept. Perhaps you feel settled about life. Perhaps it means that you aren’t full of fear about the future. Perhaps you are no longer living in doubt. Perhaps you aren’t plagued with guilt from living an unrepentant lifestyle of sin. Perhaps it just means that you have peace knowing that your future is established and that anything that happens in life is part of God’s bigger plan.
There are many interpretations. Suffice to say that I never quite grasped this concept. It seemed there were always doubts. And even those who seemed most spiritual, would admit at times they had doubts. Why would the most supreme being in existence give us insignificant humans so many reasons for doubt?
When I finally realized I did not believe and completely rejected Christianity as invalid, I suddenly realized I had that same peace that was promised to me all my life but I never found.
I was truly ok with life. I accepted the future. I wasn’t worried about hell. I wasn’t worried about the fact that the natural instincts that I had were so contradictory what I was told by religion.
In other words, I found this magical “peace that passes understanding” by leaving the faith not by coming to it.
How could this be? And are Christians who claim they have it lying? Am I lying (many Christians believe that we atheists are truly miserable inside but put on an outside façade to compensate for our hopelessness. I am hear to confirm this. We are sad and miserable and constantly seeking drugs and other stimuli to drown the pain as we run away from God!)?
The truth is we are for the most part both being honest. I am being honest because for me having logical conclusions and knowing the truth gives me peace in life. I may not like the truth and may not always understand it, but being logical in my beliefs gives me a peace about the future. I am FAR less scared of death now than I’ve ever been before as a Christian believer.
From the Christians perspective? This is true likely because they have a need for all questions to be answered by some stable, absolute, permanent foundation. Christianity does this. Or tries to. It gives a blanket answer for all of life’s questions and also a hope that bad people will be punished and those you love will be seen again in heaven. It gives one hope of a future when life seems to suck now.
Both can be true. Just depends on your mental makeup and your personal thought processes. For me Christianity was a source of anxiety and harm. For others I suppose it is just the opposite.
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