This is a note to explain why I share these blog posts which talk about my faith.
I guess you only need to be friends, or Facebook friends with me for milliseconds before you realise that I am very, very serious about my faith (I don’t like to use the word “religious”.) I share these thoughts for anyone who might be interested in Jesus, or what the Bible teaches.
I’ve grown up as a Christian my entire life in a super-devout but “real” family. I like to talk about the impact my faith has had on my life and continues to have. I am also so aware that Christianity can often be presented negatively by the media. Or at least that is the way it feels sometimes. The truth is that I sincerely believe all that the Bible teaches. So I try to present here all the things I have learned from my faith.
Not all of it is shiny and happy, although much of it is. The Christian teaching on hell is extremely difficult to accept and to share. It states that eternal punishment in hell is the default destination of every human being until they accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. However I share it all the same because that is what the Bible teaches. (Although I would love to be wrong in my understanding of this teaching.)
Another big reason why I share my faith is because as Christians we are commanded to do this. One of the more difficult teachings of the Bible is that Jesus is the only way to God. I know how politically incorrect this is, especially when there is a world full of other faiths followed by genuinely decent and sincere people. It must be extremely hard for other people to hear. I know that for many people it does not make sense at all. All the same I am sharing it with you because that is what the Bible says and that is what the Bible tells me to do.
The reason I share these thoughts via a blog is this: I have been in the very uncomfortable position of trying to share my faith in person to people who were really not that interested, and even to random strangers. If it feels uncomfortable to you to be on the receiving end of these efforts, then please believe me it is 10 times worse to be on the other side. So the idea of creating a blog is so that you can read it if you want to, or ignore it if that is what you want – no pressure. And you can also read it to your heart’s content, at night, whenever – and I will never know, unless you choose to tell me.
I want to make it clear to my friends that I will not talk about this subject unless you ask me to. I dislike making people uncomfortable, and in truth I also dislike being uncomfortable myself. However I do love talking about faith, as long as I know that you are happy to listen. So if you do want to talk to me further about any of these issues, then please talk to me, or send me a message, and I would be happy to talk to you about it in further depth.
Also, rather than talk endlessly about faith, I have decided to limit it to one post a week, usually on a Sunday. This is so that people will not feel that I am endlessly hijacking their Facebook feeds to promote my views. That said, I do “like” lots of other faith-related posts throughout the week, and sometimes share them too – I need to think of a solution to that.
Live and let live?
Here is a final thing: ultimately on earth there are so many people and we all have our different ideas and philosophies about life. Clearly, even where we do not agree with one another about God or faith we still have to get on with one another and live in peace. I want you to know that even where we will never, ever agree about life, I want you all to be **so** happy. I want you all to thrive in your dreams and your goals and to have lives that are filled with joy and fulfilment. I also respect all of you so deeply! Thanks to you all for putting up with me! 🙂