Question Posted Saturday September 11 2010, 1:11 pm
ok so i am f/17 and i want to become closer to God i mean ive been baptizted before bt i really want to become closer to the lord i guess i just got baptized because i felt i had to at the moment i was close to the lord before i got baptized though.bt after that everything went down hill =[ i just want to be closer to the lord because he is my confort bt im scared to talk to him for some odd reason
soo how can i become closer to the lord like i was before?
what can i do ?
and will god be angry at me because ive changed?
cocomac101 answered Friday September 17 2010, 4:41 pm: no, I am at the same cross roads. If you'd like someone to talk to turn to god and speak with him. I don't believe you've got to go to chuch and everything just to respect, appreciate and follow him x [ cocomac101's advice column | Ask cocomac101 A Question ]
Rosmy14 answered Friday September 17 2010, 10:19 am: At night close your eyes and talk to him . Just talk to him . Like he's right there . God would never disown you . You're one of Gods children and he would never turn on you . No Matter What . Just think of him more . Before you do something you KNOW is bad or even go out to drive , anything . Just pray . Ask for forgiveness . We can't live life innocent . But we can be close to God too . There's Some advice . Probably didn't help . I tried . [: God Bless you [: [ Rosmy14's advice column | Ask Rosmy14 A Question ]
sarline answered Tuesday September 14 2010, 12:15 pm: First off, God is not fake
Second off, it is not a mind thing..so don't even bother
Third off..God would not be angry with you because you have changed..He looks at the heart and see your desire.
HE is probably waiting for you to come and talk to him, but you are scared. HE has a plan for everyone and he wants you to come closer to him.
What you need to do is pray continuously and read your bible. the Devil would try to attack you, but be strong in the lord and keep him close.
Sageadvisor answered Saturday September 11 2010, 11:20 pm: Becoming "closer to God" is a process that occurs within your own mind. It's pretty hard to give advice on how that can happen. All I can say is, focus, mellow out, and try to get to that mystical center.
In the meantime, PLEASE don't become some sort of dogmatic, judgmental Jesus-bot. That's not what all Christians become, I know, but there is a danger. Stay human, no matter how drunk on God you become.
DirkGently answered Saturday September 11 2010, 5:33 pm: The god that the Christians believe in is omnipresent. He is everywhere and is with you at all times. If you want to feel that you have more interaction with him, I would recommend meditation, prayer, scriptural study, and self-denial of worldly pleasures. These are the traditional actions taken by monastics (monks and nuns) who arguably care about being close to God more than anyone else.
Furthermore, the Christian god is generally believed to be very benevolent and forgiving so I am sure that he will not be angry because you've changed.
As the Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard said, being a Christian is a personal and individual choice that you take when you make the leap of faith to believe in him. It has nothing to do with the family or culture you were raised in.
kiran answered Saturday September 11 2010, 4:29 pm: Well being baptized isn't really being close with God, it's just a symbol to show that you have accepted him as your savior.
But anyway, it's great that you want to become closer to Him. I would say just get into your Bible. Even if it is hard to understand, it is for me alot of the time, keep reading it cause that's what God wants you to do.
Like you heard before, find a good church, if you don't have one already, and get involved. Praying is one big thing to be close to Him. Just talking to him about anything and everything.
He won't be angry because you've changed. He'll be happy that you came back to Him. [ kiran's advice column | Ask kiran A Question ]
pinkcherries answered Saturday September 11 2010, 3:29 pm: thats very noble of you to realize that you want to change. im a 16 year old christian. ive been all my life. its amazing to see people my age want to change their lifestyles. great for you!
when i pray at night i always ask god to forgive me of my sins, god doesnt expect you to be perfect. he knows the sin nature, but we just cant live in sin (meaning partying everynight, lying a lot, lusting. . etc.). I plray to god like hes my best friend, i just talk to him like hes right there in front of me. i dont believe that he wants us to address him a certain way, just as long as you talk to him, i think he likes that a lot :) (my opinion). dont be afraid to talk to him, he will love to hear from you :)
god will not be angry with you, he actually will be thrilled that you decided to change your ways and turn your back on sin and follow him. he will welcome you with open arms. he was with you when you were sinning just as he is with you right now and forever will. im sorry if this is cheesy. im just happy!!! :D
if you need someone to talk to i will be more that happy to listen (through email of course)
my name is mariah. [ pinkcherries's advice column | Ask pinkcherries A Question ]
familyfirst answered Saturday September 11 2010, 3:28 pm: God loves you. Regardless of what you have done or how you have changed, He loves you and wants to be closer to you.
The best way to be close to God is to do things for Him. One way would be to get involved in Sunday School classes to learn more in depth information about him, and do volunteer work to continue doing the work of Jesus.
Remember the popular saying WWJD? What Would Jesus Do? Well, sort of keep that in mind. Jesus was friends with the sick, the hungry, the people in his society who were shunned. You could volunteer at a soup kitchen or a nursing home or hospital. If there is a "drive" at a local church you could participate.
During the school year we have a "Backpack project" where we pack up bags of food to give kids every friday. The kids who get the bags qualify for free or reduced priced lunches at school. We feel if they cannot afford school lunch, they may not get much on the weekends either. During the summer this continued and we met up in neighborhoods around the area serving lunches to those kids who receive the "backpacks" during the school year. You could have had a role as simple as preparing the food, helping to serve it, etc. This is just one example.
It is certainly important to find a good church. Attending Sundays is important but even more important are the classes. Particularly if you have a pastor who can be long winded (lol) you may not get a lot out of that lesson. But if you can participate in a class, you could be reading, doing projects with, and having deep discussions with a small group of other people who are just as curious as you.
My church offers various classes such as Disciple. There are 4 levels of this and they are a long term commitment (an entire school year long). You go step by step through the bible understanding the background of the books so that it puts everything into context and helps to understand why the people did what they did.
Another class I took about 4 years ago was called "Serious answers to hard questions" which dove into things like the terrorist attacks, science versus religion, why do bad things happen to good people, etc. These kids of things you dont really learn that much during a Sunday sermon.
I was in your place about 10 years ago. I was so "thirsty" to learn more about God. I still don't know anywhere near what I want to know but I have grown as a Christian since I joined my church 7 years ago and am much more fulfilled in my life. It sounds like this is what you may need as well.
It is always ok to pray. Pray to God and discuss with Him that you are confused and need help. You may find something bizaar happens soon afterwards such as an advertisement from a local church needing help with a food drive. I have had this sort of thing happen. I was having financial difficulties and prayed to God that there be some relief to my situation. The next day I had an E-Mail from my children's pastor that they were in desparate need of help with Sunday Morning child care and it was a paid position... would I be interested. Sometimes it isnt that obvious. Another example is I was in the car one time complaining to God about some rediculous circumstances in my life that as I look back on were pretty pathetic. As I was praying I had a christian disc playing. I suddenly became aware of the words to a song that was currently playing "I asked for myself (he showed me a friend in need)" and I realized... stop being so selfish and realize there are other people in much more need than myself!!!
These are all just examples of my personal experience but the Lord works in mysterious ways.
I hope this was helpful. Certainly if you have any further questions I would be MORE than happy to discuss christianity with you.
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