I am a Christian. Jesus is a very important part of my life. I have taught my two sons about Him also. But now they are old enough to decided for themselves what they choose to believe. I will not force them to follow me and my faith. No one, and I mean no one, should be forced to believe. God does not want people to believe and trust in His Son out of fear or because they are looking to gain something for themselves. Being a follower of Christ is never easy. So many people nowadays mock that sort of blind devotion to one true God. But it is still easier than what others experience in other countries.
Many in other restricted nations are banned from their villages, lose their jobs, or spouse and children because of their newfound faith, or even imprisoned, tortured, and killed. We here in America take our faith for granted. Many think that God is some genie in the sky granted wishes and when prayers for wealth and other material possessions go unanswered, people become disillusioned.
The only promise we are given, as followers, is eternal life with Christ in Heaven. I personally like that idea. I’ve had supernatural experiences in my life that are difficult to talk about in fear that other people will think I’m a bit insane. But I know what I’ve seen, and felt, and heard. No one can take that away from me.
Jesus loves you. No matter what you have done in your past. And believe me I’ve committed many stupid and dangerous things in my own life. Too many people think that they are beyond God’s love and forgiveness. I say that that is a pile of crap. Only the devil can deceive you that much. But I know, many people don’t believe that he even exists. But I believe.
God is there for you. All you need to do is believe on the name of Jesus Christ and you will be saved. You don’t have to give a ton of money to any church to earn your way into Heaven. This, I believe, was a tremendous sin committed by the church those many centuries ago with the selling of indulgences. And not allowing the ‘normal’ folks a copy of their own Bible which they could read and understand for themselves. God never said to torture those who didn’t share the Christian faith. He said others would know His children by their fruit – how they choose to live their lives to glorify His name.
There is good news in His word. Christ came to earth to die for the sins of mankind. You can choose to believe or not. I still believe exactly what the Bible says. Call me naive or old-fashioned or ignorant, it doesn’t matter to me. I choose to believe. God does not hate the sinner, but He does hate the sin. We are all sinners. We have all done wrong things. Hated others, envied, lusted, fill in the blank here…but the good news is that you are loved and there’s nothing you can do to change that. That to me is such wonderful news.