Our expert says:
Ok, strictly NOT my area of expertise, i terms of the central issues of your question ; but I do understand and have at times to deal with the problem you describe. Just as some people experience and epiphany and suddenly recognize and adhere to a faith, some experience the opposite, and suddenly fall out of faith.
One issue that can be in my territory is that with some illnesses, such as Depression, there seems quite often to be a definite interference with religious faith, as though transmissions were blocked or jammed, and normal connectivity seems to be resumed after the successful treatment of the disorder.
At other times its like items of religious and political and social beliefs, where one begins by passively accepting what one's parents and family believe and teach us, and then suddenly question it all.
I think that if one's faith has been, as it were, inherited or simply accepted, rather than arrived at by a spiritual and intellectual process of inquiry and search, what was received easily may be lost as easily.
Also, because religion tends to deal with the most difficult and challenging aspects of life ( what's it all about or for ? Death. suffering, cruelty ) one's faith can come into question when one starts, for whatever reason, exploring such issues and finding the ready-made answers you hadn't really thought about before, lacking.
It's not the purpose of s shrink to deal directly with spiritual matters, but a good and experienced rather than new and naive psychologist, can help one explore such issues and find the answers that fit you best.
I don't know of any available neutral source of spiritual advice - the professional leaders of any religion are obviously motivated to steer you towards their own orthodoxy, both for rather obvious reasons, and because presumably those beliefs are sincerely the views they themselves hold.
Its important to recognize, too, that if one chooses to reject an orthodox set of religious views, this probably places on you a duty to think it all through and work out your own set of working beliefs to guide you through life.
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