Day 3- Your views on religion.
To put it simply, I am a Christian. I believe in God and intelligent design. I believe that Jesus Christ wasn't just a character in a work of fiction, but that he was God in flesh who came to Earth, bled, died and lived again to save the world from itself and its sin. I believe that you only get one shot at life on this third rock from the sun and then you step into eternity and stand before God.
I also believe in grace and love. While I will happily share my faith with anyone who wants to hear about it, I would never shove my beliefs in someone's face. I feel like the best way to prove that Christ exists is to walk out his teachings. You will never find me telling a gay person that God hates them. (Spoiler alert: God LOVES them.) I would never belittle someone for their "sin" because my life is messy and my past isn't spotless. My address is 1098 Glass House Lane and all of my furniture is made of rocks. Basically, let he who is without sin, ya know...
People are allowed to believe whatever they choose about whatever deity they choose to serve. I don't get into arguments about the semantics of religion. I've seen it get ugly quickly. But I know too much and have seen too much to not believe in the God of the bible. There have been times where I'm certain God spared my life. Like LITERALLY spared my life. I've seen people healed by the power of prayer. And while it all may sound farcical to some, my faith is what sustains me when times are good but especially when times are dark.
I've been asked many times, "What if you're wrong? What if there is no God?" That's easy. If there is nothing after this life, then my time here will mean nothing and what I did with my time will count for squat. However, if there is an afterlife, and I truly believe that there is, then I want to live the best life that I can. Not as some kind of checks and balances thing, like I have to earn enough tickets to win my way into heaven. But rather, I want to be the best person that I can be so that my time and my life means something. I want those who come into contact with me to know that they are loved and that they are fearfully and wonderfully made. I want my little corner of the world to have been made better because I was in it. Jesus said the greatest thing we could do is love God and the second greatest thing we could do is love people. And that is the "religion" that I try to focus on. I want to love people. I want to make sure that "God is love" isn't just a cute phrase but the motto of my existence.
I think everyone has the right to practice the religion of their choice and should be respected for doing so. It bothers me when people are disrespected because of their religion. I don't care what it is. If people want to be like Rerun on What's Happening and worship a head of lettuce that they call Ralph, leave them be!
|Dee is giving the side eye of life AND death here|
Shout out to you old heads that remember that episode.
Nowadays, disrespecting Christianity is widely accepted and I think that's so unfair especially since we are constantly hearing how our society should be more tolerant. I think there are things that you should just agree to disagree on. Don't flip out, don't call people names. Just respect their right to not believe the same as you and move on. Now yes, I am a Christian and perhaps that's why I am a little sensitive about this. However I think if I wasn't I'd notice it just the same.
I grew up in a Christian home but I didn't really truly make the decision to practice Christianity on my own until I was about 19. I went away to college and couldn't seem to manage becoming a responsible adult and maintaining good grades so I came home after the first year. I remember being in church around the time I made the decision to come home. I was in service and I thought to myself am I going to live this out because it's how I grew up or do I really believe in God for myself. It was then that I really truly think I became a Christian.
Have I sought out other religions? No not really. Never been curious. Although I don't understand everything about Christianity and God, I feel that my personal life experiences are enough proof for me to know that God is real and Jesus is awesome. If I didn't believe that, I would have chucked that whole "forgive and love your enemies" thing out the window a long time ago. Sure I have my questions. I have my discomfort about some things. But at the end of the day, I can never deny the peace that I feel when I spend time with the Lord. I can't deny the prayers that have been answered in the way and time they've been answered. There have been too many things that I've seen that I just can't deny. That's why I have the faith that I have.