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Is there only one way to believe in God?
Where do you believe in God?
why is my way-the wrong way
Last night (early this morning-when I typically form thoughts into words and commit them to paper), I was looking to see what was happening on the forums. I saw a forum posted by Huber Rick Marrow (or a past Huber) who decided to leave Hub Pages, in his decision to do so-posted what I viewed as an insult to many, who differed from his beliefs in God and Christianity.
A week or so back I also participated in a Forum where another Huber asked whether or not he should purchase a vibrator for his girlfriend. I entered the forum in fun spirit and posted my reply. Little did I realize that I would have a disagreement with another Huber over Christian Values. The posting that made me stop and react was the comment that a person that uses a vibrator is not the type of individual that anyone (any man) should want raising their children, and that a woman brought up with Christian Values is much more suitable mother and teacher.
I am a firm believer that every single person on Hub Pages as well as in the rest of the world is entitled to their own beliefs and views. Most people that I have had the opportunity to converse with are also very open and considerate with their views. A few however, seam to be very strict in what they feel to be suitable beliefs, and appropriate views. This I do not understand.
Why do discussions having anything to do with GOD-become so hostile? Is believing in GOD-JESUS-ANGELS-THE AFTER LIFE, a cut and dry type of belief? Is there truly only one way to believe in God?
I believe that I have a belief in God that is relatable, pure, non confrontational, and personal to me. I've always thought that is how a persons relationship with god should be, just you and God, not you, God and the rest of the worlds opinion on what you are doing wrong, believing wrong and interpreting wrong.. My perception is that God made us all-and in that, accepts and believes in us all. Each individual has a purpose in life and not any two of us are exactly alike in mind or spirit. Just as each individual learns new material differently, why is it such a sin to believe in God differently?
In my life, I have been through stages regarding what I believe God to be and represent and how I relate to religion and how I feel about my beliefs. I have been angry with God-I have blamed God for turmoil I have experienced and suffered through, as well as I have praised God, thanked God and turned to God for strength and guidance when I have found myself to be lost or had fallen down and was not sure how to get back up.
I believe that angels are among us, as well as some are above looking down on us to work, side by side with God, and to act as our protectors and guides. I also believe that there are angels here on earth. The angels here on earth, are kindred persons walking next to us on a busy street. I believe that a friend that stands beside you even after you tumble and land flat on your face, is an angel that holds out their hand for you to pull yourself up with, then dusts off your bruised knees when you can finally stand. I believe that any person that you can call at 4am so you can cry, and will cry with you, not because they understand, but because they know you're hurting, is an angel as well.
When it comes to God, I believe that I have never been faced with a situation that I could not handle, and that each situation I have endured has made me who I am, and given me the strength and abilities I possess. I believe that who I am, and who I will become later in my life, God already knows and God is okay with that, because he knows what my heart is made up from.
I do not lie, because I believe it is wrong and causes
un-needed pain and deception, not because the bible tells me not to. I do not beat my children because I take the role
as a parent very seriously. Not because I fear hell. I do not set out to shatter another person’s dreams or
beliefs, because their dreams and beliefs are as personal to them as mine are
to me. As a human being- I do not tell another person that the way that they
believe or view things is incorrect, even if I believe that they are. I may
argue my views-and defend my beliefs, but when all is said and done, I have the final thought that God is
probably okay with each of us-which is why he made each of us as unique as a grain of sand.
This is my view on Church/Religion and Beliefs in God
(No, I don’t think god/church/religion is a cracker-this is what we call an analogy)
You eat crackers in the kitchen, which you believe to be the ‘proper place to eat crackers’
I eat crackers in the living room, where you rather I not.
But we both eat crackers.
I like my crackers with a sliver of cheddar cheese.
You like your crackers with a perfect square of American cheese.
But we both eat cheese on our crackers.
You share your crackers with the people who like them, just the way you do.
I share my crackers with who ever asks me for a cracker.
But we both share our crackers.
Why does it matter how we eat them, how we like them and how we share them?
We both have the same basic cracker to start out with.