What To Do When You’ve Lost Your Faith

So, You Think You’ve Lost Your Faith?

The Truth, is that we all question faith or lose our way sometimes. It doesn’t mean that you lack beliefs or morals and in my opinion, is the first step of your own spiritual journey. Some people have an unwavering belief while others like me will continue to have many questions. Growing up you’re told to go to church, pray and put your future in the hands of God.

Somewhere along the path into adulthood religion became blurry. Questions remained unanswered and the few answered seemed illogical. Religion has and always will be the world’s greatest divider, our biggest argument. We put so much faith in our own personal beliefs while in the same essence denying all others. Stories vary from one religion to the next but the one remaining constant is that there is always a God. Prayed to in different ways and called by many names in every language possible but always the same. The constant denominator and because of that, my faith in God remains.

Remember Your Beliefs and Evolve

Rather religion, spiritual or any other deeply-held belief you carry, remember your reasons and stay true to yourself. Many of us associate our faith as an “all-or-nothing” system. But as you grow and mature, your faith should be evolving as well. If you have doubts, ask yourself the enlightening questions. Such as why do you feel disconnected and what has happened to cause your doubts. As you start to find answers and in turn begin understanding yourself more, your path will become clear.



Follow Your Own Path

Not everyone will agree with your beliefs and guess what?… That’s ok. We all have our own spiritual journeys to travel, your’s just may be a little unconventional with heavy turbulence. It’s going to be a hard ride but no one else can take the journey in your place. Embrace your essence and be mindful of your path. Losing your way can sometimes lead to dark places so stay in the light and always remain conscious of the person you are becoming.

Don’t Be Too Hard On Yourself

Life’s a mystery filled with so many opportunities, ups-downs, and pure confusion. The things that seem easy to you can be incredibly hard for someone else and vice versa.  You are your own worst critique. No one understands you, more than you. So when you feel unhappy, take a step back and find your focus. When you’re inside your own head, things can seem much worst then what they truly are. Give yourself a break, you’ll never be perfect but always aim for your best self.

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What To Do When You've Lost Your Faith
  • I find it interesting how you mentioned God is called by different names. I cannot say that I agree with that unless you mean God is called by one name that is translated into different languages. Think about it this way, your name is Britt, correct? Would you answer me if I called you Diana, or Brandy? Likewise, God, who actually does have a name, wouldn’t answer if called by a name that isn’t his. Anyway, I don’t want to get too deep but I really did like this post.

    • The former is implied (God translated), “God” can be translated into nearly every language spoken — so technically called many names. There are major distinctions between all faiths but the point is that we essentially share the same core beliefs and want the same things in life… For instance, I’m Baptist Christian but in a relationship with a Catholic – there are distinctions but we centrally believe in the same core beliefs. I think that no matter what happens in life, even in the moments when you start to lose faith that you have to keep your core beliefs and values in mind and evolve with them.

  • Erin McManness

    I just want to thank you for writing this. I have been having a hard time in the last year justifying my traditional Christian upbringing in the face of so much Right-Wing-Religious hatred and discrimination, which seems so far from Christ’s teachings I can’t understand how it happens in the name of God. I prefer now to identify myself as a spiritual person, rather than a religious one. I don’t tell people I’m a Christian anymore. I don’t want to be associated, or lumped into the same group who is actively seeking to bring back a White Christian hierarchy of society. I don’t agree with it, and I don’t think Jesus would either, given that he stood with the poor and marginalized, not the mighty.

    I struggled with my decision to leave the title of “Christian” behind, feeling like I’ve abandoned my upbringing, or that I’ve betrayed my beliefs, but after many conversations with myself and others, I’ve come to find the same thing you have… that if all major world religions have the same foundation, and if we really believe that God is omnipresent/omnipotent, He/She is not limited to our man-made conventional definitions of one religion or another. If God is all powerful, God is Christianity, Islam, Judaism, SCIENCE, energy, karma, Mother Earth, spirituality, evolution, the Universe. Our definitions of “Christian” or “Jew” or “Muslim” are man-made, God existed before, and exists outside of them now. They are conventions we created, so my belief is that we cannot latch God down into a human construct. And therefore, we cannot discriminate against other religions, or hold one as more righteous than the others. We must learn to respect all religions, educate ourselves about them, and embrace them as brothers and sisters.

    I’m not saying that Religion doesn’t ever go awry, or that flawed humans do not use it for selfish or evil purposes. Our world history is littered with examples of this happening in every major religion. Clearly we see that happening in the Middle East with the Islamic State. But I will also be so bold as to say it’s happening at home in America too, with this new wave of “White Nationalism”.

    But when other religions practice the same values of peace, love, equality, generosity, humility… this is not a time to say “You’re wrong”, it’s a time to say “We believe in the same values, even if they have different names.”

    Just my thoughts. I saw this article on Pinterest and clicked through and read it immediately. I am so glad you wrote it, thank you for sharing this!

  • Tabitha Mcfarlane

    Beautiful post. It can apply to so many beliefs and religions. 🙂

    • So many of us go through the same things – no matter the religion – so I wanted to write about something that we all could relate too. Thank you for reading!

  • Yes, everyone has a right to their own beliefs. We may have different opinions to others, but thats ok. We should all respect each others.

  • Thank you, Nancy. Many Blessings to you.

  • Karla Mae A. Cruzado

    I’m like you, I continue to ask questions. My faith’s changed, but I still believe that there is a God and I still pray that someday He’ll I will understand His ways.

  • Hayley Botte

    I love this! I recently started studying to be Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and something we learn is that having spirituality actually helps us be healthier. I also love how you encourage people to follow their own path. It’s so powerful what you can do if you believe in yourself!

  • I like this post and also the quote “we are spiritual beings having a human experience” a lot. I think we all do loose faith sometimes because of the bad experiences we make in life and it needs time to believe again. xoxo

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