If you have a chance, you can read my husband's War Story from his time in Afghanistan last year, here.
From time to time I go back through blog posts from my very first blog (that I have since taken down). It's fun to read the things that I wrote about several years ago. Sometimes I republish them here in the "my thoughts" series.
Tonight I found a post I had written consisting primarily of a comment I read on another blog several years ago. I found it to be a heart-felt, clear and concise plea from one man to another about seeking and finding reconciliation with God. Apparently, the man to which the commenter is writing claims to have no faith in the God of the Bible, who he refers to as a "monster".
If you are a Christian, let this be a reminder of the heart we should have for anyone who does not know Christ.
If you are not a Christian, hear this man out and very seriously consider his request.
I'm sorry you feel that way. I wish I could say I don't understand what you mean, but I really do. I was brought up in church, and then got out of it for a few years. I drifted farther and farther from my faith, and it culminated a few years ago when my Dad died at the age of 51 from an inoperable brain tumor. I decided that no "Holy God" could let my Dad die like that and let people like Osama Bin Laden, and other evil people live. I decided I was going to find enough inconsistencies in the scriptures to convince myself God is imaginary. In order to give it a fair chance, I not only found every listed inconsistency, but I searched for possible explanations. I even compared scripture with different denominations to see if they really believed the Bible or not. I found, when laying everything God said (Himself and through verified prophets in the Bible) that God's nature was this: He is a jealous God, who will not tolerate worship of anything else. He is a loving God, who truly wants us to enjoy our time on earth. He is a God who is slow to anger, but HATES sin. He is long suffering, but has some boundaries that man will not be allowed to cross.
I can honestly say that I now believe, not because my family did, or because I was raised in church, or because of some single religious experience at an altar somewhere. I honestly found legitimate explanations for anything I questioned. I found historians like Josephus who were not Christian, yet backed up Biblical history. I found verified dates of events that were prophesied long before anyone could have possibly known they would happen (rises and falls of empires, etc.) I am a believer today because FIRST I have experienced the power of God. I am a believer today SECOND because I realized that there is too much that had to line up for life to exist on this planet, and for us to survive in this universe for it all to be some cosmic accident. I am a believer THIRD because simply by believing God exists, and is the Creator of the universe, I am acknowledging that it's His world and I only live in it as one of His creations. Therefore, I am in no position to question his motives. Considering His immense, unimaginable act of love in allowing his only begotten Son to suffer horrible torture and death on the cross so that I might be able to live with Him forever, I don't need to question Him, because He obviously has my best interest in mind.
I can assure you that He is no monster. He has created a situation where we never have to suffer. We don't have to do anything but accept that His Son's death paid the price so that we don't have to. It's just so easy to get to Heaven, I can't imagine why anyone wouldn't do it.
If you absolutely HONESTLY don't believe there is a God, then I understand why you don't worship Him. It's still a mistake, but I understand. However, if you have the slightest inkling in your mind that God exists, you had better get your sin debt settled right now, before it's everlasting too late. You might not have that moment on your deathbed we all imagine to settle things. My Dad didn't. I pray we all die of old age, but things just don't happen that way. Please get saved. I know it sounds corny, and it's something you've heard so often, but I just don't want to see anyone go to Hell because of their own pride, or they feel that belief in God is something for "wimps and women" as I've heard it said. If He disappoints you, you can always renounce Him later, but I have confidence you won't. Life's not necessarily easy after you get saved, and many times you'll be persecuted just because you believe on Jesus. I have been living this new life for years now, and have NO regrets, except that I had to get so far from God before I found Him again.
Soli Deo Gloria
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