I’m a believer

(Cue Shrek song with a donkey singing “I’m a believer” to a pink dragon with long eyelashes).

If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.

– 1 Peter 4:14

So, after a mixed response on my first post, we now venture forth to the second. Again, I’m writing this later on at night, so I assume that this is the general time period in which I reach the peak of emotion and motivation… Or maybe it is the only point in the day where I actually get to sit down (debates on whether writing ‘LOL’ on blog post is appropriate).

No matter what you believe in, there will always be people politely informing you that you are in fact gravely mistaken (and so the sarcasm begins). This may come from strangers, acquaintances, friends, family, or even your own parents, as I soon discovered. So many people will assail you, and as frequently mentioned in the Bible, you may find yourself, as a Christian, feeling rather fragile when bombarded from all angles with a multitude of questions that require a little more time to answer than the allotted time given from said inquirer.  However, trust in the Lord, and the Holy Spirit will guide you in the process of responding to the question.

Encourage the one who is against you, and praise the one who encourages you. You already know in your heart that God is the truth and the light, and that Jesus is the one true path to eternal life and peace. So it is not you who needs this information – it is others who do not yet know. What I suggest is not to convince or force atheists and such alike into following Jesus, but to just talk to anyone who is willing to listen. Then the decision is left to the person your words fell upon.

Even in darkness, there is always light, because God is always with you. The devil (still a taboo subject but a necessary one to discuss) was once an angel, but his desire, greed and jealousy of God lead him to where he is now. Our goal as Christians is not to gain rewards for our own selfishness, despite common opinion of those against us. It is to praise the Lord who has done such wonderful things for us! An appreciation for our Creator, and a love for Our Father who made everything for us, and who sacrificed his only son so that we, as people, could access God’s Kingdom.

Many who assail us believe that Christianity consists of following a set of rules, and is therefore determined as not worthwhile. This was my own opinion before I discovered the truth. Different Christians have different views on what it means to be a follower of Jesus, but to me it’s a relationship between ourselves and Jesus. It’s about love, forgiveness, hope and trust (to name a few). Now, I ask our foes to consider this: if you were to take the religious aspect out of that last sentence, and apply said characteristics to someone who did not believe in God, then what would you make of that person? I can guarantee that they would be seen as a good-hearted and kind man or woman. So what is the difference between a follower and a non-believer?

Faith. That is the difference. Such belief, such love, such trust in the Lord, regardless of the offences thrown at us. Maybe the sheer strength of belief, love and trust is too much for some to comprehend? Perhaps some are too materialistic for such emotions? Do some feel that they don’t need God because they are capable of leading their own lives? Unfortunately this is the case for too many people nowadays.

So what I have come to learn is that atheists shouldn’t be so quick to judge Christians, insult us or snigger at us. Instead, watch us develop into loving, forgiving and joyful believers. I’m a believer, and I pray that one day those who offend me will be too.

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In the beginning

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

And God said, ‘let there be light’, and there was light. – Genesis 1

Everything must have a beginning. This post is the beginning of my blog that I have decided to start up, a decision unsurprisingly made past 12am when it would be far wiser to sleep, since I have to go to work in the morning. Nevertheless, I’d rather begin sooner than later, as once this is published, I will be more inclined to continue writing and less inclined to find an excuse not to.

If it wasn’t already clear from the quote at the top, I am a Christian and have been for the past 5 months. Although that is arguably a very short period of time, a lot has happened, a lot has changed, and most importantly, I’m excited about it.

As a student studying A-levels, working a part-time job (that I’m paid peanuts for), trying to fit in a social life, singing in pubs to earn extra cash, and aiming to prioritise those four things correctly, you may wonder how on earth I can find the time for religion.

It’s actually very easy. Devote your life to God, and your trust and faith in Him will completely change. You will never be afraid, you will never be alone, and you will never struggle, because God will reach out His hand to you.

Why? Because He loves you.

Regardless of your sin, your wrongdoings, your bad choices, The Lord will always forgive you, and it will never be too late to repent. A year ago, I was a very strong and stubborn atheist that denied God and would argue until my face was blue that He did not exist. I was oblivious to all the things He did for me, even when I was certain He was just fiction; another proof that God has unconditional love for each one of us (trust me, I was horrible). But I soon discovered that love, and I cannot imagine life without it.

However, this is not religion, although that is the term I used earlier on, but this is a relationship with Jesus, with God, with the Holy Spirit; this is pure love. This is protection from temptation, peace in myself and others, strength to face struggle, salvation, a second chance, the truth.

This is the beginning.