If you ask people who don’t believe in God why they don’t, the number one reason will be suffering. If you ask people who believe in God when they grew most spiritually, the number one answer will be suffering.
Praying out loud can be helpful because it keeps you from getting lost in your head. It makes your thoughts concrete. But it is more than technique; it is also a statement of faith. You are audibly declaring your belief in a God who is alive.
There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them.
C.S. Lewis - 1898-1963 British author and theologian
What then does it mean to believe in him? Here is what it does not mean. In english we might say “I believe in teh free enterprise system”, that is to say “I agree iwth it, I like it.” But try that out on John 3:16: For God so loved this evil world, that he gave the sacrificial gift of his only Son, so that we could say “Sure that’s what I beleive in – along with Motherhood and Apple Pie”. The massive love of God calls for mor and creates more than mild agreement
It is common to say fundamentalism leads to violence, yet as we have seen, all of us have fundamental, unprovable, faith commitments that we think are superior to those of others. The real question then, is which fundamentals will lead their beleievers to be the most loving and receptive to those with whom they differ? Which set of unavoidably exclusive beliefs will lead us to humble, peace-loving behaviour?