Becoming Saved through Jesus Christ: How I felt after I had become saved

Well, my whole life I was Catholic until last year. Then I became "born again" or saved. To be saved is to accept Christ as your saviour -and not have to earn it, or give anything in return. Automatically by the Holy Spirit in you, you will want to be good.

Unfortunately, things can get "cloudy" if you don't keep up with going to church and reading your bible. Without God's word-the Bible, you aren't getting "food" for your soul and things begin to darken.

That happened to me, and I was afraid to stand up to my Mom for not being Catholic anymore. I began going to Mass more and saying the rosary. The Catholic faith is okay, but I feel better following the Bible in the Baptist faith.

What I've learned about being Baptist or following Jesus thru reading His Word, is that you are being fed by God spiritually through his word and you can pray whenever and wherever and confess to God and say "I'm sorry" and not have to wait (in the Catholic faith) for a priest to be available. I've also learned that Jesus is our way to the Father, and we need to "get to" the Father. Mary supposedly gets us to Jesus but not to the Father. Basically praying to Mary "hinders" our relationship with God. Let's face it, if we are to spend eternity with God, then we should be getting to know him and pray TO him. I think that makes sense, I just didn't "see" that before.

If you seek the truth you will find it. It's just that there are many different forms of Christianity. The devil, I was told, tricks Christians into not finding the true Christian Church as in misleading people with the rosary, which is not evil in itself, and focusing on Mary, who is nice and a holy person, but distracting us from our real goal- Jesus Christ. It took me a year almost to figure this out, even after being saved, or accepting Christ.

Another misleading thing, well there are many, is that Atheists have actually said on their death beds things like "I am going to Hell, I cannot avoid it now, it approaches me,"

There is a story I was just told about a man who went to prison and was sentenced to death. One day, beforehand the governor got a notice that the man was innocent and told the guard to deliver the news. As the guard approached the cell of the inmate, the inmate started yelling "No no! Don't come near me! I don't want to hear anything you have to say!" So the guard had to walk away and leave the man guilty because he wouldn't llisten or accept the good news. Then the man realized it and yelled "come back, come back!" But it was too late.

Such it is the way with men. They are sinful and some of them cannot accept forgiveness, it is too late, they are hardened in their sin, and cannot seem to find or realize a way to even accept forgiveness, hence the atheist realizing on his deathbed that his life was a lie, and not even asking for confession or to accept Christ, because he doesn't have it in him. It takes courage actually to accept Christ, it takes humility.

I know when I accepted Christ from being Catholic, it was hard. I had attempted about 4 times prior and couldn't seem to "get" it. Finally one day, I sat down and prayed with a friend and realized finally that to accept Christ I had to admit I was a sinner, ask for forgiveness, and pray. Then I had to believe that Jesus died for my sins and that I was saved and would go to Heaven. That's all. But it was hard because, my whole life I was "conditioned" to believe we had to earn salvation or do good works to get it.....but it was twisted because we DON"T have to earn it! Jesus gives it to us, which was like WOW! I'm amazed! I thought. I had to hold back my desire to give back and accept Salvation.

The best way I can explain it, is: When you are at Christmas with your family, you get a Christmas gift from Mom, or Dad, or a brother, or sister, and you are so used to buying them a gift back. In fact you feel guilty if you don't. If you just take, you feel it's wrong to just take. As a human being you think you need to reciprocate.

Or think about a homeless person who has a lot of pride and when offered to stay with a family and sleep on the couch, they refuse because they think "Oh well, I don't want anyone to see me this way, so I'd rather be out in the cold because it's so embarrasing."

Well, Christ demands and expects us to be that beggar but be humble, and ASK. Then he will save us. And once we are saved, we will WANT to do good. But in order TO BE SAVED, you must ask......and accept without giving back. This is called HUMILITY and it is required for Salvation. Being saved also requires Faith, and detesting our sins and Hope for a better future with Christ.

This is why it's not EASY to be saved or to find Christ or take the plunge. It's NOT easy. We have to search for the truth in order to find it, and when we find it, we have to be willing to take it.

If you spend your whole life ignoring your conscience or the "calls" from God to come to Him, you become hardened in sin and no longer capable and God gets tired of you saying NO. This is why it's important to Pray for your family and loved ones for prayer can move mountains, even if it takes 40-50 years to finally get someone converted thru God and prayer.

HOW TO BECOME SAVED WHEN YOU DON'T KNOW HOW OR ARE HAVING TROUBLE?

Well, it actually takes an open mind. As humans we are conditoned to believe what the government tells us, what our church tells, us, we are often lied to and unless we seek our own way, or the truth, we will belive these lies till the day we die.

It's not easy to let your mind be open. In order to see things differently, I heard many a person say in the forums, you have to be humble How else can you let yourself think differently or try to imagine being in someone else's shoes or think how they think because you're so busy thinking how you think and believing out of pride (not humility) that YOU'RE RIGHT NO MATTER WHAT!!!

As Jesus said we must be like little children to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, so it shall be: We MUST be humble to see things differently. AND, if we JUST give someone else's view a full CHANCE, then we can say, I tried but it failed and move on.

You CANNOT dismiss the possibility unless you are open to it first. And that way many people who seek the truth go from one religion or belief to another - but must continue seeking the truth- and ask for it- until they find it.

God bless you today- and may you find the truth.

Ps

Oh, and by the way, I've noticed I'm HAPPIER when I'm close to Jesus and doing his will actually......

.......When I do what ever I want...and commit all kinds of sins.....and drift away from Jesus and the Holy Spirit (who is within me )...........

......I feel dark......like I'm in darkness----I cannot see the LIGHT until I get back on track with my Lord , Christ. Seriously....we get pulled away, but getting back on track and being close to God.......well in eternity we will be close to God and that's Heaven, so WHY NOT NOW? WHY NOT HAVE HEAVEN NOW? (without the perfections and no pain.) Even though there is pain in this life, the Bible says [no, i'm not a thumper!!] That to know Christ and be with Christ and walk in the light....Christ is the light.

On a further note:

I don't mean to say being Catholic is bad or anything, I personally have just found it easier and more direct to approach Jesus (still as a Christian), but not going thru Mary. (Although I published a hub about praying to Mary awhile back.) I think as believers in Christ we need to constantly seek what is "healty" for us. And I will always love where I came from, being Catholic, I still do--I felt sad getting rid of my "things" but at the same time I felt it was necessary to "clear my head and focus on God more directly".

So this is what is working better for me, it helps me to focus on God's word..the Bible and that's where the Bible teaching church(s) come in.

I don't hate mary or the saints in fact I do love them. It's sorta complicated but this is where I am now, and I want to do all it takes to follow the pull Christ has set to me. I believe by being Catholic alone...is great and is a way to get to Heaven....but I know many Catholics who go to Mass all the time, and are still not getting where they want to, so for me, I want to be more focused on thought provoking bible passages rather than repetitive hail mary's. Just my decision.


FIND PEACE, PEACE AT LAST. FOLLOW CHRIST AND FOLLOW THE LIGHT.
FIND PEACE, PEACE AT LAST. FOLLOW CHRIST AND FOLLOW THE LIGHT.
GOD'S CREATION....INSPIRES US TO FIND HIM
GOD'S CREATION....INSPIRES US TO FIND HIM

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DavePrice 5 years ago from Sugar Grove, Ill

I hope you don't get the catholic/protestant argument thing going in the comments here, because it easily erupts when this subject comes up. I know exactly what you mean, and I am grateful to God for your new relationship with Him. But some people can get touchy when the catholic/protestant issues crop up. So here's a prayer that there will be peace. May your relationship with Christ continue to grow, and may you be blessed by His glory and grace.


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schoolgirlforreal 5 years ago from USA Author

DavePrice,

Hi, yeah, it is a hard transition. I guess I don't mean to say being Catholic is bad or anything, I personally have just found it easier and more direct to approach Jesus still as a Christian, but not going thru Mary. (Although I published a hub about praying to Mary awhile back.) I think as believers in Christ we need to constantly seek what is "healty" for us. And I will always love where I came from, being Catholic, I still do--I felt sad getting rid of my "things" but at the same time I felt it was necessary to "clear my head and focus on God more directly".

So this is what is working better for me, it helps me to focus on God's word..the Bible and that's where the Bible teaching church(s) come in.

I don't hate mary or the saints in fact I do love them. It's sorta complicated but this is where I am now, and I want to do all it takes to follow the pull Christ has set to me.

Thankyou and I hope their are no big arguments either. I would be willing to delete the hub but perhaps it is important and will be helpful to people which is my goal and will be worth the effort.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, I think the whole point is that whatever faith you have, in the Christian religion, you know whatever makes you feel right. there is no point in going to one Church if you don't feel comfortable with it. we all have different ways of talking to Jesus and God, so we should go with our feelings. What we have to remember is that Jesus taught us one way, it is only man that has branched of and made loads of different denominations. we follow Jesus in the way we feel is right for you, take care nell


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schoolgirlforreal 5 years ago from USA Author

Absolutely!

Great comment and thanks for stopping by!


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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Schoolgirlforreal: I am a CHRISTIAN / catholic man. I was born and raised as a catholic, but early in my teens, just after my confirmation, I started reading my Bible, I mean really reading it and it caused me to realize that there were many things in the catholic religion that did not agree with what Jesus was teaching, so I decided, I chose, to change those things in my life, that were not scripturally correct, and I classified myself as a Christian.

Because I enjoyed singing for God and being in the church choir didn't necessarily mean I had to totally believe in and swallow everything that the Catholic church represented so I adhered to some of the church doctorines and rejected others, and I made my position openly evident by informing the priests.

I still attend church mass with not one but two catholic churches, because I love the music and I love singing for Almighty God, and since He has not prodded me to leave, I assume he doesn't mind.

The music I sing is Liturgically correct so I find no fault with it, and it helps me to reach others too, drawing them to God.

On a personal note just between me and you. We were both given infant baptism which removes original sin, and we were both given a chance to re-affirm our belief in Jesus and His remission of all of our sins when we went through Confirmation later as teenagers, therefore whether you knew it or not, you became "Born Again" at the moment of your confirmation and the Holy Spirit became indwealt with you. No you do not require any priest to absolve you of your sins, they can't Only Jesus can do that. No you shouldn't pray to Mary to intercede for you. Jesus is your intercessor and only Him. Any of the "Catholic" doctorine that is not in agreeance with the Holy Bible you should not follow or obey.

This is they way I see it. I am a Christian and I try to live as a Christian regardless of which denominational organization I associate with Catholic,Baptist,Anglican etc. I only have to believe and accept their policies their doctorines, If it is in line with Holy Scripture and if not I can and I would ignore it.

Christianity is a "Faith" a faith that says I believe in God, I believe in Jesus, and I believe in the Holy Spirit a belief in Jesus Christ as my redeemer and saviour. Catholic or Baptist are religions that have nothing to do with your "Faith"


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schoolgirlforreal 5 years ago from USA Author

@Dave Mathews,

What an insightful and helpful comment!

Thanks very much for your good points and valuable thoughts on this matter...Freedom is important as in following faith and not being controlled by one or the other churches but seeking Christ and serving only Him.


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Dian'swords4u 5 years ago from North Carolina

I am a born again Christian. I have visited Malta which is 925 Catholic. I went there on a mission trip. I understand what you are saying and I am excited for you that you have asked Jesus into your heart. Keep praying and reading your Bible and going to church. It can be hard sometimes but never give up. when you feel weak just ask God for strength and guidance. He will hear your prayers and answer them.. god bless You.


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schoolgirlforreal 5 years ago from USA Author

Thankyou :)


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Charity Squid 5 years ago

I enjoyed reading your testimony. I too am Catholic who became born-again by accepting Jesus personally in my life. I had left the church for a non-denominational one that only preached being born-again and as the bible being the only authority. After many years of that, I felt drawn to go back to the Catholic church and minister to Catholics. I was surprised to hear of a program called "Life in the Spirit" which I attended. They talk about accepting Jesus into your heart and being let by the Holy Spirit and had prayer groups and bible studies. I too had struggled with some of the teachings of the church. Until I started reading the Catachism of the Catholic Church written by John Paul II. There's a theologin named Scott Hahn who converted to the Catholic Church from being a Preyspertian Pastor. He used to be so anti-catholic and to hear his testimony of his journey of becoming Catholic was really an eye-opener. He has dvd's and several books. His books really helped me. There have been other Protestants that have converted to.


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schoolgirlforreal 5 years ago from USA Author

@CharitySquid,

wow, that's very interesting, I'm flattered you enjoyed this and I thankyou. I still love both the Catholic and Born again, bible believing church, I get much out of both and for short words, it just works out great..


curious 4 years ago

Were you a practicing catholic christian or just a so called catholic do not go to confession, do not go to church every sunday and so on.


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schoolgirlforreal 4 years ago from USA Author

Hi curious,

I just re read the entire hub, so I could give you an accurate answer. At this point I'm attending the Catholic Mass and I love the sacraments, and the hymns and many things. In fact I think I'm a full fledged Catholic now. Today at Mass, when I received communion, I felt very happy and peaceful. But enough of that, because that's off track. And I want to make a point here, that I think is important:

The best thing I learned by becoming "saved" "born again" or what I would simply say, was that I became of the knowledge and the idea that I'm no better than anyone else and the basic teachings I've learned from reading the bible, some things I never knew before. Wherever you go from there, it's really a personal choice I think like Nell, above said. It's what works for you and I can't really tell anyone what to do.

Yes, I was a practicing Catholic Christian, a very devout one. But something wasn't working in my life, I guess I needed more. I wanted more strength to do things that were hard to do. So, I found myself seeking the bible- and that is basically something "extra" that I never had as a Catholic. So it really has helped.

Another thing which I feel is important, is that when you accept Christ as your saviour and believe that it is by faith you are saved not by works (lest any man should boast) you know you're going right to heaven when you die. It's a kind of freedom where you don't worry about hell anymore. And that in itself makes you want to be better; it makes it easier.

Someone once said, they'd rather get the carrot and not the stick. Well this is exactly that. The carrot does indeed work better.

For years, I'd go to confession, and I was not able to get over my faults. But when I accepted Christ, I found a strength that was never there, like the Holy Spirit filled me with motivation, and I found overcoming things a lot easier.


JIm 4 years ago

It's not what we want or like or how we want or like to worship the Lord. Jesus through Our Father gave us the One Church built on the Rock,Cepha or Peter. Jesus was not concerned with what we wanted or liked in a church,he gave us what we need(ed), The Catholic Church. I feel sorry for all Protestants, especially fallen away Catholics.Protestant means to protest. You are Protesting the church that your Jesus started. Good Luck being saved and getting into Heaven that way.By the way,what if Mary said "NO" to Gabriel. Then were would we be. I Thank God every day for my Blessed Mother. No one else in the Bible is called blessed for all generations like her. She's called that for a reason. She brought Salvation into the world. Unlike Eve who brought Sin into the world. Do you really want to Protest Jesus' church,the Catholic Church. He does not want 25,000 denominations. Catholic means Universal. He wants 1 Universal Church. Come Home People to the Church Jesus started PLEASE!!!!


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schoolgirlforreal 4 years ago from USA Author

Okay, well that's very nice and all but I guess whatever keeps you from sinning is what you should do. thank you for your comment. good luck. and god bless.


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bettybarnesb 4 years ago from Bartlett, TN

I am so very happy for you and loved your story. I did some research recently on Catholic beliefs in order to complete a hub and to tell the truth, I am still somewhat confused as to what they believe. However, I am a born again believer also in Jesus Christ! The journey with Him is awesome even through difficult times. I am always here if you just need to chat. Stay encouraged for your "best is yet to come."


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schoolgirlforreal 4 years ago from USA Author

Thanks betty, sincerely schoolgirl


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LadyFiddler 2 years ago from Somewhere in the West

Hi Schoolgirlforeal its been awhile since i last read a hub from you. However on my return i was delighted to read of such good news and testimony of your new life with your Saviour Jesus Christ.

I am so happy that you have came out from Catholicism as it is a barrier to Christ. Catholics teach you to do everything opposing to what God really wants you to be and do.

1. They teach people to pray to Mary which is wrong because its idolatry , they say hail Mary mother of God. My GOD has no mother but his son Jesus does. Why is it that Mary a sinner like myself have to intercede for me? Utter Garbage.

2. They make priest hood and nunnery living sound so easy to do. Oh live for Jesus but really behind those convent doors your doing everything a witch will do a sinner and worst. God said it is better to marry than to burn , so why force these men into living a life without a family or a wife when they cannot contain themselves and vice versa with the nurse. Not everyone can be a Eunuch physically. That is why there are so much corruption in the Catholic church with homosexuality and the priest drinking and defiling the nuns, they have no outlet and was brainwashed into celibacy . Pathetic!!! but i feel sorry for these people as most was seduced or tricked into these ideologies of the Catholic Faith.

3. They project this garbage about purgatory what on earth is that? We Christians believe after you die is one out of two places you can go to, its either HEAVEN OR HELL. Not purgatory its a nasty myth to fool people that they can actually pay their way out of hell or for their love ones and believe you me they will suck you dry and your love one will never come out as far as they see it. It is a money making business and if they get people to fall prey to their nonsense will bring on the Purgatory belief.

4. A chaplet what can a chain of beads do for me a sinner? Oh my i really feel sorry for people that are deceive by this mockery of Christianity and Christ my Lord. It is indeed heart wrenching and what's more terrifying they've got millions of deceived followers swallowing their dogmas. UGH!!

5. They wrote their own bible to take out and put in what they think is fitting. They seldom read it and they only quote from a few. if only people could read themselves they'll be a little more aware of this Satanic master plan to grab their souls. The thing about is they never wanted people to read it they use to burn it or kill you if you were found with one. Now they are the HOLY CATHOLIC CHURCH. Weren't they the ones that crucified my Lord?

The pope claims to be the holiest vessel he is the vicar of Christ!! Utter Rubbish he is a nasty low down filthy sinner like all of us sinners no better and seriously he needs Jesus in his life just like you and I. So to call himself the vicar of Christ is just BLASPHEMY.

May God have mercy on some of these sincere souls like you and show them the light and the way out of that deception of the Catholic Church.

I can say so much more about this.

Anyways i rejoice greatly with you and if ever you need someone to talk to our ask a question about your Saviour feel free to email me.

~~~Shalom and peace be unto you ~~~


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schoolgirlforreal 2 years ago from USA Author

It's good to hear from you Lady Fiddler. Thank you for clarifying this subject! Truth!


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LadyFiddler 2 years ago from Somewhere in the West

Hi schoolgirl your welcome :) Hope your fine


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schoolgirlforreal 2 years ago from USA Author

I am okay but when you are a Christian that does mean everything is perfect, in fact the devil attacks a lot.

Thank you for asking! God bless YOU and please pray for me, I have much to overcome (only with God's help) :) :)


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skye2day 2 years ago from Rocky Mountains

schoolgirlforreal. Precious sister!! Your hub is absolutely beautiful truth written from your heart. It is obvious the Holy Spirit of God abides in you and you in Him. Your words shine with simple truth. Thank you for writing this. May God Bless your works. Your hub truly a gem to behold. I love the simplicity you write based on truth and your experience. Beautiful indeed. Glory to God girl.

Many deny Jesus because they say they lack proof or evidence of God. Jesus tells us no man will be without excuse. All we need to do is look outside. How can one not believe. They are deceived. May God help them. We are talking about eternity!

I have shared your hub and voted!! I do pray that many are led to your page dear sister. In the mighty name of Jesus, with love, Skye

Keep going girl Phil 4:13 You will I am sure.


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schoolgirlforreal 2 years ago from USA Author

"I can do everything through Him who gives me strength" Phil 4:13

Thank YOU!!!!

Amen amen amen!!!

I WILL continue. Oh yes.

Bless you

thank you

so very much for your compliments

I appreciate you seeing this for what it is

Many seem to think following God will not be fun but God gives us peace and that alone...we can do all thing in Him who gives us strength!

Yes, God is in nature

I agree

Stay

blessed,

Rose


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poetvix 2 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

This is truly beautiful, so honest, straightforward and open. I thank you for writing this for I'm sure that took courage, too. God bless you!


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Skarlet 2 years ago from California

Congrats. I was once a Catholic too. It was when I read the Bible and started questioning the by faith and started going to a Baptist church. Its a completely different world now. :)


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Lynne-Modranski 2 years ago from Ohio

Thanks so much for sharing your story. I believe that if more of us shared our faith story, more people might realize that a relationship is what God wanted all along. I was raised in a Presbyterian/Methodist background, but even in that setting, I learned to follow the rules instead of Jesus Christ. When I started reading scripture for myself in my 20's, I found that God doesn't care about the rules as much as he cares about the relationship. My life truly became "abundant" when I discovered the gift of the Holy Spirit Jesus talks about in John 14 (nope, I'm not Pentecostal). I'm so grateful that my Heavenly Father allowed me to find His peace and joy. I'm glad you didn't totally throw out the Catholic church. I've often said that the principles of the Catholic faith seem fine, it's just that a lot of priests put the saints and the rules out there too much so they get in the way. God bless you as you continue in your journey with your Savior.


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schoolgirlforreal 2 years ago from USA Author

Hi poetvix,

Thank you very much for your compliments.

It's not hard for me to share my thoughts, at least not when I wrote this. The words just flowed, it was effortless like all my spiritual writings :). I'm glad you liked it. I hope it helps people :) Thank you again


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schoolgirlforreal 2 years ago from USA Author

Hi Scarlet,

The main thing I don't like about the Catholic church is FEAR.

II Tim 1:7 says: For the Lord hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a SOUND MIND!!

We CAN'T go around feeling afraid, that every time we sin (make an error) we will be in danger of hell (mortal sin). Many people have hurts, habits and hang ups, and that takes TIME to overcome-- WITH God's help. I go to a group called Celebrate Recovery which is a 12 step with the bible infused: it is PERFECT to overcome ANY FAULT from overeating to sex to gambling to smoking to drinking. Praise God, my quality of life has increased tremendously the past two years since I've gone every week!!!!

I don't like living in fear. FEAR is bad. It's not of God, neither is confusion!! I don't mind being accountable for sins...confessing them, but I will not go around thinking everytime I make an error (read Romans ch 6) I'm in danger of hell! In Ephesians it says by grace are we saved thru faith not of works lest any man should boast.


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schoolgirlforreal 2 years ago from USA Author

Hi Lynne,

You're very welcome. :)

Yes, it IS a relationship, (not a religion.) God wants us to communicate with Him, that's the key.

I do believe we have to try and be accountable too, that's why I work on myself a lot.

I don't want to sin. In romans ch 6, St. Paul says, we hate sin but we can't avoid it completely. It's true. Over time though, we will improve by seeking the truth etc. It's inevitable which is cool. :)

God will provide a way out, as they say--- a way to not sin...by us getting over our faults , whether it be overeating, smoking, -------do you know I quit smoking last Feb, and it's been pretty much EFFORTLESS. I'm amazed. Thank you.

I do believe sex before marriage is a sin. (like all other faults and sins I believe the way out can/will come such as getting married and no longer doing it outside of marriage!! )

My health has increased immensely ....God is good.

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