Tuesday, September 13, 2011

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 4

"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:

Amen :)

1 comment:

  1. AMEN!
    Nicely put. I know I try and do the same thing, by living as an example. It always makes me sad when I see others being judgemental (which is what God calls us not to do) on those who dont have the same beliefs. Especially the more extreme ones (IMO they just give us a bad reputations as "Christians").