Friday, September 29, 2006

Which Sin Will You Choose?

There’s conflict in everything we do in other people’s eyes. We either don’t do this right…or we don’t do that right. Should we care? Do we care? Most of us actually do care about what others think. The most important thing is that God thinks you’re okay. We focus way too much on how others view us. I’m always insecure about how I look, or what I say and even what I do. But the one thing that stands strong is my faith in God. That’s something nobody can take away from me…ever.

God has helped me so much during the past few years with my self-esteem issues. People love to debate and argue over ‘what’s right’ and ‘what’s wrong’ within a religion. What about personal experiences? I’m talking about personal spiritual experiences with God? Who can debate that with you? That’s the problem I’m having right now. See, many of you have seen people come on this site, and tell me I’m out of line with Christianity.

Christianity: The Christian religion, founded on the life and teachings of Jesus.

I’m a follower and a worshipper of Jesus. I’m not perfect, and I think it’s safe to say we all slip and fall. God knew we would break the commandments. This is the very reason why He brought His only Son on earth for us. It’s a gift that’s paid in full. This is what I believe to be true. To me, a gift that is paid in full, for people who follow Christ—means that you’re saved.

Mr. Anonymous whose been emailing me frequently now, said something very interesting. He said, “In Leviticus, it clearly states that homosexuality is an abomination!” So I asked him, “Well, what you do think about a man marrying a woman, who happens to be a divorcee?” That’s also in the Old Testament. He said that was okay. God is merciful. I had to laugh, because he was basically picking and choosing which sin was better than another. In my beliefs as a Christian, the old law no longer applies, so I agree with him. The thing that gets me is, he still believes that homosexuality is a sin. And that’s “okay”, because that’s his belief. The Old Testament says, that if a person marries another person who has been divorced, and the ex is still alive, then it’s considered “adultery”. So, right there, that’s breaking the Ten Commandments. He explained that his mother remarried. So I guess that’s okay then. What if she were to become a homosexual? Maybe he would change his mind then. Ironic how both sins were made out to be better than the other.

I’ve been battered over the internet for quite some time due to my sexual orientation and religious preference. But there’s one scripture that really comforts me when all of this goes down:

"These trials are only to test your faith, to show that it is strong and pure. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—and your faith is far more precious to God than mere gold. So if your faith remains strong after being tried by fiery trials, it will bring you much praise an glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.” ~1 Peter 1:7

I contemplated and thought about what has been going on with radical Christian fundamentalists, and their view of how I live my life…and love Jesus as well. God spoke to me in that scripture. I was relieved, because each time I go through a trying time with someone who believes differently than I do, God points out ‘what’s right for me’. We are all different, and we all have very unique relationships with God. Who’s to say that our relationship with God isn’t valid, because of a sin that we committed or something that has been thought to be a sin—only misinterpreted?

It’s true though, I started a blog that would draw controversy on this topic. I actually never thought I would have controversy on this in the beginning. I was trying to help people who were either weak in faith, or those people who were scared to draw close to God, due to their lifestyle and feelings of guilt. Some people complain that I get on the religious wagon and go on and on… But, there are times where I’ll add a funny light-hearted post, to give it more variety. I need that as well. This week, it’s been weighing very heavily on my heart. That’s why I haven’t been letting go of it. In this previous post I had written, I was explaining how God spoke to me, and how He wanted me to talk about Him more. I’m not going to say no to God! May lightening strike me making my hair even frizzier!

Another comment that was made (and I’m sorry I forgot who made this comment) stated that there are absolutely no differences in beliefs within the Christian religion.

No?

Let’s break that down just a bit. I’m no theologian, but I can certainly answer this best I can.

1.) You have your radical Christian fundamentalists, who claim only their beliefs are valid. Homosexuality, premarital sex, or any race other than caucasian is considered to be shunned. Usually this type of Christianity reflects the behavior of the Ku Klux Klan.

2.) You have Christians who believe that every race is able to follow Christ. They believe in treating others with respect, and not bashing their differences. They believe in peace, and spreading the word of God. Some will say that homosexuality is a sin, but they are not ones to judge…only God can do that. They won’t shun you, nor criticize you for your beliefs. They’re not hypocritical.

3.) Of course, you have your gay Christians, who love Christ, and love others just as they would love themselves. They’re lifestyle isn’t about promiscuity, it’s about love and honor for the person they chose to spend their life with. Again, like I said in my previous post, people get “promiscuity” and “homosexuality” confused.

There are so many sins to list other than the Ten Commandments, that it’s just overwhelming. Do you really believe that God is going to cast all of us into the depths of hell? All of us sin—and we’re going to keep sinning. With a conscience of God, and a sincere heart to do good, how can you go wrong?

“There is only one God, and there is only one way of being accepted by him. He makes people right with himself only by faith, whether they are Jews or Gentiles.” ~Romans 3:30

“Oh what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sins are put out of sight. Yes, what joy for those whose sin is no longer counted against them by the Lord.” ~Romans 4:7-8

It’ll be a beautiful day when people stop judging one another and start accepting each other ‘as is’…as God created us. We’re all in this together.