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Overcoming feeling hopeless as a Christian for falsely being judged.
2 Timothy 3:1-5
"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away."
When the true nature of people’s hearts becomes revealed to me, it really crushes my spirit. I always have this enormous hope that even if they say and do terrible things, that that’s not really how they feel inside. I like to believe that all people have goodness dwelling inside of them. But the more I observe them, the more it pains my soul.
The reality of how many people reject God has taken a massive impact on me lately. I come from an area where there are a majority of people who accept God and love Him. But as I look further into the world, there is an exceedingly enormous number of people that do not. I’d like to blame it on horrible life experiences or on the wrong ways people have portrayed God. But the truth is, they have lots of other reasons and they aren’t all so innocent. A lot of them are thoroughly selfish reasons. They don’t want to have to give up worldly desires to live a spiritual life.
I’ve recently seen a lot about how people find it ridiculous that Christians live our life based on the Bible. They don’t understand how we can live our lives based on ‘one single book’. This amazingly beautiful book. About the past, present, and future. This book that lets us know what is to come and what has already happened. A book that shows us why we shouldn’t live corrupt lives. An entire guide for life. The book that teaches you every good and virtuous principle. It teaches morals, patience, love, comforting, hope, joy, peace, selflessness, generosity, compassion, understanding, and forgiveness. Why in the world would you reject these things? Can you imagine the world without them?
They reject it because it also teaches us how evil we truly are. Because it tells us that we can’t live life chasing after the desires of our flesh. Because it condemns us of the things that we do wrong. We don’t like being told we’re wrong, it’s too hard for us to accept that we’re awful.
They hate the idea of faith because they so badly want proof. But why? It’s such a beautiful and pure thing. The proof comes after you have faith. Once I have faith in God for something, He gives me proof. He reveals things in such a way that you know the ONLY reason is because of Him. We know this because he speaks to our spirit and the people that reject Him only know the ways of the flesh. They do not understand spiritual things.
They think we’re crazy because we don’t believe in something tangible. They claim that we have no solid proof. But tangible things have no true worth. This 'physical' proof doesn’t last. It deteriorates, it breaks, and it eventually perishes in some way or another.
It’s the unseen things that endure forever. Time, for example. We cannot see time, we cannot hold it in our hands, but time will go on forever. Oh, and don’t forget science. It’s a very common reason stated for lack of faith. I don’t even have to have extensive knowledge about science to know that a whole lot of it is based on things that we cannot see. Not to mention, science is always changing. Once new ideas are discovered, old ones are dismissed. The single book that people can't believe we base our lives on is always constant. It will never change.
The funny thing is, there is plenty of science throughout the Bible. Prophesy about the end of time and the destruction of the earth in (2 Peter 3:10) tells us that the sky will disappear with a loud noise. It also says that everything in the sky will be destroyed with fire. And finally, that the earth and everything in it will be burned up. Science, on the other hand, also tells us that once the sun has used up all the hydrogen in its core, it’ll explode and wipe out the earth. Sounds like the same scenario to me. I believe in science too, even as a Christian, because I have no reason not to. Science is absolutely fascinating. God created it in His infinite wisdom and absolutely amazing.
I also often hear complaints that it’s annoying that Christians are always trying to force their belief onto everyone else. Well, what kind of Christians would we be if we didn’t want your souls to be saved and to live in eternal glory forever? Some certainly go about it the wrong way but I want everyone to experience eternity with happiness and joy like they’ve never known before. I would never wish for somebody to burn in hell. And I’m not sorry for that because I have love for everyone.
The thing is, if you’re reading this and you hate God, don’t hate God because of what people have said and done to you. Seek God for yourself, don’t let other people make that decision for you. And if you still don’t believe, or want to believe, then that decision is yours. People, including a ton of Christians, speak foolishly and ignorantly about God. They’ve painted an image of Him that isn’t Him at all. And if you’re curious about getting to know God, ask me anything that you wish. I will not have all the answers but I can assure you that I won’t conceal the ones that I do have. Some people may hate me for this article and I’m progressively becoming okay with that.
I’m going to share something with you. I’m a people pleaser who is terrified of rejection. I get horribly anxious before posting an article about my belief for two reasons. For one, I don’t want to influence people in the wrong way. And two, I’m scared of somebody hurting me by the painful things that they say in opposition of what I say. This past week I’ve read many articles and comments about God and Christians, and I started feeling like my articles are hopeless because people’s hearts have been hardened so much. And they strongly defend their unbelief. I’ve had a lot of sorrow over it. My heart fell apart because of how others have filled their hearts and souls with so much hatred and resentment. I had decided that it wasn’t worth trying to reach people this way anymore. I cried to God and told Him that I was sorry if I was pursuing something that isn't my job to do. Then, I laid down for bed and started to read a bit of scripture like I do every night and God showed something to me. He responded directly to every burden that I had been carrying over the matter. You see, I started reading at a random spot which I never do. In the scripture that I randomly chose I came across a part that I had highlighted a long time ago. My stomach dropped because it spoke directly about everything that I had desperately prayed about and given up on hours before. The immeasurable joy that filled me was unfathomable. It was so intense in my spirit that God was the one and only explanation. I literally felt the holy spirit inside of me.
There is no better feeling than the presence of God in your life. I wish so much that everyone could encounter Him. But we have free will for a reason and that's a different story for a different time. Needless to say, I was so honored that He came to me so directly. It was one of the most straight-forward ways He has ever revealed Himself to me.
I will love you no matter what you think of me and my belief. And I will pray endlessly that you will be saved. Nearly everything that I had been taught about my religion in the past was flawed and polluted. It wasn’t until I began studying and searching for answers myself that I really came to know the true nature of God. Please don’t sell yourself short. That is directed to people who believe and to those who don’t. Take the time and effort to find the true ways of God. It doesn’t happen overnight, but the reward is greater than you could ever think possible.
Need tips on where to start your relationship with Jesus? Try starting to read in the New Testament. You won’t understand a lot of what you read at first, but the more effort you exert, the more understanding you will gain. Also, study bibles can be amazing to help break down scripture from its original text. And they reveal a more in-depth understanding of what is being portrayed. Or, simply find somebody that you trust to be wise and is knowledgeable in scripture.
I love you all, and Godspeed!