Ah, the bible. The most controversial work of fiction in existence. The fandom is so intense they think it's all real! I know, crazy right? Only a bunch of idiots would think there is some prick in the clouds judging everyone, deciding who gets into his club when they die. What a pile of crap. I can't even understand how people believe in this rubbish. You'd think after all the shit that happened because of this it'd be banned.
I’m sorry that you have such a venomous view of Christians, anon. Considering the very unfortunate history of debates attached to it, it comes as no surprise.
I won’t ask you to visit a local church or listen to a sermon in the hopes of changing your views; you are welcome to investigate it yourself, and that is YOUR choice.
All I ask is that you treat others with kindness. Many people turn to religion of every kind out there for personal peace and understanding, and it is cruel to mock something they hold dearly. Yes, some misuse the same faith that preaches kindness to be cruel to others, and that is absolutely wrong.
Even so, answering cruelty with cruelty gets us nowhere. It only repeats the cycle. If we’re ever going to break this cycle, we must show kindness and love to others.
I hope you are at peace, anon; and if not, I pray that you find it soon.
“Endure suffering along with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.Soldiers don’t get tied up in the affairs of civilian life, for then they cannot please the officer who enlisted them.” 2 Timothy 2:3,4 New Living Translation
In addition to my recent posts, I wanted to share these words from my dad. As the son of a Baptist pastor who raised our family with love and is always studying the Bible, I trust what he has taught us! And yes, Lilo and Stitch is one of his favourite movies.
But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
(1 Corinthians 1:26-31) Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”
Before Jesus came into our life, we lived and believed just as most of the world lives and believes. We thought all our problems come from a lack of things like money, education and friends/family. We thought everything we needed to overcome any problem was already inside us. We thought we could simply solve the problems ourselves. But we realized that we are our biggest problem. There is nothing good about us. If we are dead on the inside, self-help is no help at all. We need to be rescued. Thankfully, Jesus came and saved us from our sin. When Jesus saved us, He gave us His strength to replace our weakness and to our foolishness He gave us His wisdom.
Every change in us is because of Jesus.
No one has the right to say they saved themselves, you did nothing God stepped in and saved you so boast in Him. You are breathing right now because of Jesus, you can’t do anything without Him. Therefore boast in the Lord. This doesn’t mean just boast about you being saved but boast about everything. I mean the gifts you have are from God not you, you did nothing to gain the skills you have. Those verses constantly reminds me that the only reason I have or do the stuff I do is because of Christ I did nothing to gain anything, I deserve hell but Christ continuously pours out His love on me. And so in return I want to give all the credit to Him.
What is one area of your life where you are boasting in yourself rather than Jesus?
What is one step you can take today to humble yourself and boast in Jesus instead?