"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16
I think it's pretty obvious to most people who read this blog that I'm a Christian. I've always been a Christian for as long as I can remember but I didn't always have the relationship with Christ that I have now.
Initially when I was introduced to Christianity it was the hell and brimstone kind. I feared Him. I feared being struck down by lightening if I did anything wrong and it's hard to share that kind of faith with others. Though I believed I didn't really have an understanding of what or why I believed. I knew the stories as they'd been ingrained into my head with preaching over and over again but I couldn't stand on my own independently and support what I believed. I would have to turn to my pastor and ask for his opinion.
My faith has grown tremendously in the last few years as I learn to put more of my trust in Him and worry less about menial things. I know now to turn to the Bible and prayer for advice more often.
I don't think this post can purely be on my own religion though as there are many other ones in the world. Yes, I am a Christian but I have complete respect for all the religions of the world. Although I believe that the only way to Heaven is through Christianity, I don't believe that jumping down someone's throat and beating them over the head with a bible is going to get them any closer to a belief in Jesus. I try to live my life by example and as the opportunity arises I share my faith with the hope that someday that person may ask if I would mind elaborating a bit or ask to come out to church with me.
My life has a lot of stress lately but things have come together too well at times for it to just be a coincidence. I feel like this: