Q. A recent posting on CNN's Belief Blog discusses how people can lose faith when faced with traumatic events. The article relates former First Lady Laura Bush's experience after being involved in a fatal car accident in 1963. Bush missed a stop sign and hit a car driven by a friend, killing him. In a 2010 interview with Larry King, Bush said she remembered saying, “Please, God, please, God, you know, let him be OK,” and told King, “And you know, it was like no one heard.” She says she lost her faith in God for many years after the accident.
Andy Frost, head of evangelical group Share Jesus International, recently published a book called “Losing Faith” about people turning away from God. He cites four reasons why people lose faith: People don't “feel” God all the time; their church has hurt or let them down in some way; they begin to doubt the nature of God when it comes to human suffering; and they feel their beliefs don't stand up to scrutiny.