The basis of My Faith

    Tuesday, October 23, 2007, 1:57 PM [General]

    It has been my experience that organized religion too often turns into a means of controlling the believers.  This turns religion into a power game.  It is accomplished by making up rules, regulations, and rituals that become mandatory stumbling blocks or 'faith measuring sticks' by which one is expected to see that they are not doing enough to gain God's favor.  The natural response of the honest believer is to work harder, pay more, and continue to judge themselves as 'unworthy'.  Therefore they  work harder, pay more, etc ...

    One day, caught up in this vicious cycle, I turned to God in prayer.  I told Him I had come to the realization that no matter how hard I tried, I was  never going to be  worthy of eternal life.  It seemed that every time I took one step forward, I slid two steps back  I was frustrated and depressed.  And Then , God answered me ...

    God said, "You're right!  You could never be worthy of the sacrifice of Jesus' blood on Calvary!"

    Needless to say, I was truly devastated.  My worst fears were confirmed.  I wasn't worthy and never would be.  All my efforts to be a good Christian were in vain.

    But God continued to speak to me: "That is WHY Jesus died on the cross! He did it for you!  Don't you get it?  If you could be good enough to get into Heaven on your own, Jesus would not have had to die!  He did it for you!  I don't really care about how hard you work to please me.  That is because I love in spite of your sin.  What I really want is you!  I want your love.  I want you to trust me.  I want you to be with me always!  I want to be a part of your life every day!  And if you will have a relationship with me, the gates of Heaven are open to you."

    That was the beginning of my relationship with God.  That was when I took Jesus Christ as my personal savior.  That was the day I received my salvation.

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