On this page our retreat team will answer frequently asked questions about God. So feel free to send your questions and we will do our best to share our perspective. In the meantime have a look at the questions below:
How can I live a happy life? Bex: It’s about loving those around you, and allowing them to love you back! Juliette: Look for the small things everyday which make you and the people around you happy, don’t put such a high price on happiness, it’s ok to have bad days too!
Did God really do everything in the bible? Bex: The bible is written by humans, it is their interpretation and understanding of God’s work.
Have you ever questioned the presence of God in a bad time? Juliette: Yeah for sure, I actually do it quite a lot of the time! When I was at school it was really hard to believe because of people around me, and also because I struggled with going to mass. But now I find God in the people around me, in the beauty of nature and in music, so I often look for his presence in those places when I struggle.
Why is faith so challenging? Bex: Because it’s different for every person. Nobody has the same faith journey/ story and therefore nobody can tell us exactly how we should have faith, what exactly it is we should do to get over the challenges because we have to work out for ourselves what is right for us personally. Juliette: Faith is counter-cultural, it’s about caring and loving and serving others in a world where social media and society tells us to concentrate on ourselves and our appearances.
If God is real, then why do bad things like terrorism or racism happen in this world? Bex: God gave people free will, it is their choice how they use it. God isn’t a puppet master, he gives us these choices and experiences to work out for ourselves what is good and evil. Juliette: I don’t really know, but I do know that in these situations we need to look for the good in people and how they respond to challenges, those who are willing to put themselves out there for others.
Does it matter if God exists and I believe, but I am not religious? Bex: No, it’s all part of your own journey. We are all at different stages don’t feel pressured to behave a certain way. For some people being religious comes naturally but for most it is a part of us that we must work on. Juliette: Definitely not! Religious is a big word, if you mean you don’t go to Church etc. then of course not your personal relationship comes first and when you’re ready you can find a community and a service to suit you. Does it matter if you don’t believe in God, but you do believe in everything that Christianity teaches about how to treat each other? Bex: No! Once again, it’s your own faith journey feel free to question your beliefs and establish your faith in your own time. Juliette: Definitely not! Kindness is key! I felt this way long before I truly discovered my belief in God!