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A moderator has already read and allowed this topic, so I guess the rules don't apply on this thread for some reason. With that in mind, I'll go ahead and ask my questions.
I'm one of those who has prayed and prayed, gone to church, read my Bible, etc. I've called out to God and humbly asked Him for some sort of sense that He is there, that He is listening...but I feel nothing. I pray, and--as much as I would like to believe that He is there and listening--I feel like I am talking to myself. My sense is that--if He was ever there with me--He isn't with me now.
I know you say that we must read our Bibles, but the Bible says things that are not believable to me. The old testament says that some people lived for hundreds of years in those days. (Even accounting for a calendar difference, the math still doesn't work.) I find that unbelievable, no matter how hard I try to believe it. (And that's only one of the things I find unbelievable; there are many others.) I would love to have a faith that could sustain me and help me, but I am unable to believe some of the stuff I read in the Bible.
I guess it makes sense that some of the stuff in the Bible would seem incorrect because people wrote the Bible and decided which books made the final cut and which ones didn't...but--in light of that--how can I believe that the Bible is the word of God?
How do I put the critical thinking part of my brain to bed in order to believe things in the Bible that aren't believable? Also, why would God expect me not to use the critical thinking part of my brain when He is the one who gave it to me?
How can I have the Christian faith you speak of when my God-given brain is telling me that something isn't right?