Day 26: My religious beliefs
As many of you can tell from my blog, I’m a Christian. This means I believe in Christ: his coming, his dying, his resurrecting and his second return. I also believe in the Holy Spirit who is my comforter and revealer of hidden truths. I believe in God, who is my Father, my mighty warrior, creator of the universe and my closest friend.
Having these beliefs and standing by them go beyond my upbringing in a Christian home. I’ve grown to know God for myself. I’ve even had to move past my childhood church doctrines that painted him as an angry monster waiting to deal with us for our sins. I now understand Him as a helper that can help us live right, if only we’ll listen to His still small voice.
It’s beyond a religion for me, it’s a relationship. And like every relationship, constant communication is needed to keep it going. I know there are times when I sneak off and do something bad, and I know that He isn’t pleased with me at that moment. I’m always faced with two options- run away or stay and be chastened.
Unfortunately, most of us run away because we’re scared of Him punishing us. I’ve grown to understand that God isn’t wicked, even when He rebukes us. This is a normal thing that a loving Father would do to keep their kid safe. Imagine your kid lets loose of your grasp and runs to cross an expressway. Even if the cars don’t hit him, you’re gonna shout and tell him never to do that again. I know I will shout though 😁
The goal of the Christian life for me is making it to Heaven and reuniting with divinity. This is what gets me going when life hits hard or throws me lemons. I know that death is a portal to a new life and accepting Jesus is the only way to that life.
I find Pascal’s wager to be interesting especially for those who prefer rational stimulation. Although, we must understand that when it comes to God, rationality doesn’t always cut it- it takes faith to believe. However, Pascal, the mathematician had this interesting wager :
He argued that the rational man should live like God is real and seek to believe in His existence. If God doesn’t actually exist, such a person will have only a finite loss (e.g some pleasures), while he stands to receive infinite gains in Heaven and avoid damnation in Hell if God does exist.
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Like Pascal’s wager, if for some weird reason, there’s no heaven or God, we lose nothing for living right. And if there is, we only stand to gain. So wager it and make a choice to live right, if you haven’t.
Allow God into your heart- He’s been knocking for a while. He wants to forgive you, heal you and love on you! I can’t say that enough. 💓💓💓
With that, we’ve come to the end of the 26th day. Thank you for reading. God bless you!
Lots of love,