Monday, October 31, 2005

In My Life, God Is Real

I believe. Does that mean I’m trying to convert you into being a believer? No. Can I simply display my faith in God on my blog? Of course. I would never disrespect your beliefs—for whatever they may be…you may comment as you please. I do appreciate opposing comments, because what fun would it be if everyone agreed with you? A healthy debate is okay. A debate where there are insults, name calling and/or derogatory assumptions made about another person, is just plain ignorant.

I would love to share my views as a Christian. (Dzer—not a word!) First of all, my faith in God was from experiencing His presence. It wasn’t from my parents, because we never went to church. I come from an Italian family. They are non-practicing Catholics. I turned to Christianity when I was twenty-three years old. My journey on learning about Jesus was amazing. I had to learn about Him first to experience the wonderful outcomes of his miracles. Not only have I experienced Jesus’ works by myself “alone”, but other people witnessed His presence while they were with me.

A lot of people believe that there is no scientific evidence that there is really a God. The whole concept of this is ‘faith’. “Blind faith.”

Jesus said, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who haven’t seen me and believe anyway.” ~John 20:29

Science is of this world. God, and spirituality is “not” of this world. God would never reveal His secrets of His plan. He created science, so it never correlates and will never hold weight as far as proving that God does really exist. It’s a test per se. A test of one’s faith.

Does faith in God comfort us? Of course it does. Whether or not you believe that God exists, studies have found that people are much healthier in body and mind when they have “God” in their lives.

People love to debate me on the existence of God. This is okay. I can only share ‘my views’ with you, as a believer. I once had someone try to get me into believing ‘the universe’ is our creator. My thoughts on this is, “Who made the universe?”

God.

1 Timothy 4:1-2 Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from what we believe; they will follow lying spirits and teachings that come from demons. These teachers are hypocrites and liars. They pretend to be religious, but their consciences are dead.

There are other people who believe that “The Universe” is their God. If you rely on the universe to guide you, then who made the universe to begin with? This goes for people who rely on astrology and the stars in order to go about their everyday lives. Yes, I think it is okay to study this, but as a guide to live life by? I guess everyone is 'different'---and I respect that...My guide in my life--is God--Not the universe or how the stars are lined up. (This is "my" belief)

There is a passage from Job that I want to share with you. Read this carefully, this is God talking to Job in the bible:

Job 38:1-39 Then the Lord answered Job from the whirlwind; “Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorant words? Brace yourself, because I have some questions for you, and you must answer them.
Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell me, if you know so much. Do you know how its dimensions were determined and who did the surveying? What supports its foundations, and who laid its cornerstone and the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy? Who defined the boundaries of the sea as it burst from the womb, and as I clothed it with clouds and thick darkness? For I locked it behind barred gates, limiting its shores. I said, ‘Thus far and no farther will you come. Here your proud waves must stop!’
Have you ever commanded the morning to appear and caused the dawn to rise in the east? Have you ever told the daylight to spread to the ends of the earth, to bring and end to the night’s wickedness? For the features of the earth take shape as the light approaches, and the dawn is robed in red. The light disturbs the haunts of the wicked and it stops the arm that is raised in violence.
Have you explored the springs from which the seas come? Have you walked about and explored their depths? Do you know where the gates of death are located? Have you seen the gates of utter gloom? Do you realize the extent of the earth? Tell me about it if you know! Where does the light come from, and where does the darkness go? Can you take it to its home? Do you know how to get there? But of course you know all this! For you were born before it was all created, and you are so very experienced!
Have you visited the treasuries of the snow? Have you seen where the hail is made and stored? I have reserved it for the time of trouble, for the day of battle and war. Where is the path to the origin of light? Where is the home of the east wind?
Who created a channel for the torrents of rain? Who laid out the path for the
lightning? Who makes the rain fall on barren land, in a desert where no one lives? Who sends the rain that satisfies the parched ground and makes the tender grass spring up?
Does the rain have a father? Where does dew come from? Who is the mother of the ice? Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens? For the water turns to ice as hard as rock, and the surface of water freezes.
Can you hold back the movements of the stars? Are you able to restrain the Pleiades or Orion? Can you ensure the proper sequence of the seasons or guide the
constellation of the Bear with her cubs across the heavens? Do you know the laws of the universe and how God rules the earth?
Can you shout to the clouds and make it rain? Can you make lightning appear and cause it to strike as you direct it? Who gives intuition and instinct? Who is wise enough to count all the clouds? Who can tilt the water jars of heaven, turning the dry dust to clumps of mud? Can you stalk prey for a lioness and satisfy the young lions’ appetites as they lie in their dens or crouch in the thicket? Who provides food for the ravens when their young cry out to God as they wander about in hunger?”

I person I knew well wanted me to wear a pentagram. The five pointed star. I always assumed that this was the pendant of the devil. They assured me that it wasn’t, and that it represented the five elements of the earth. The five elements symbolize wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Those five elements are of this earth…God is not. *In my belief* all humans are not of this earth—we are spiritual beings created by God.

There are so many faiths, religions and scientific theories that people rely on. If it works for you, then that’s “okay”. I respect that...I refuse to argue with someone who is a non-believer or of another faith. I can only share my thoughts and beliefs—that’s it. I’m not going to sit here and say, “Oh that’s ridiculous! Your feelings and beliefs aren’t valid!” We all come from different backgrounds and have our own thoughts and opinions.

I get flack for being Christian, because I’m gay. I get questioned a lot about my lifestyle and my faith in God. I don’t let that discourage me, because God made me the way I am. People will debate that, I know this, but He made me like this for a reason.

How terrible it would be if a newborn baby said to its father and mother, “Why was I born? Why did you make me this way?” ~Isaiah 45:10

The contradiction between sharing love with another woman and being a Christian, has stirred up some criticism while I was attending church. They wanted to lay their hands on me and make me a heterosexual—to ‘be fruitful’, to marry a man. Although I have no problems with men, I just can’t see myself living with one in an intimate relationship. Love between two people of the same gender is not the same as being promiscuous.

Why do many people think this?

This hasn’t changed my faith or discouraged me from my beliefs. I stand strong, knowing God loves me the way I am.

Finally, all of you should be of one mind, full of sympathy toward each other, loving one another with tender hearts and humble minds. Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate when people say unkind things about you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God wants you to do, and he will bless you for it. ~1 Peter 3:8-9

I think that’s a great message from the bible, even if you’re a non-believer. It gives a general message that we should all be kind to one another, and not retaliate just because of differences.

Let’s just keep an open mind, and an open heart…