well i was brought up christian but i am bit of a mixture i believe that there is a god but i believe he comes to everyone in different ways in different religions or just throu people in our lives but i also am very spritual to i believe in guradian angels and that we can communicate with our loved ones in heaven! and i have actually only experienced it recently while i was away i came back from my holiday saturday and it was the 4 year anniversary of my dads death sunday and whilst we were i bleive my dad came to both to me and my partner on 2 seprarate occassions both at the same time early hours of the morning whilst i got up for a wee! first to my other half and then 2 days later to me! it was great so peaceful and heart warming know he was there with us!
but i also do believe there are people out there that use religion in a bad way interperating them to use in evil ways! so i try to keep myself to myself when it coems to religion each to thier own and all xx
You go girl :-) I am the same way, someone wants to pray for me I am fine with that. I listen to country music and you know what the sing LOL. You said it all I don't care what anyone believes. that doesn't make a person. I am very proud to be in this group that doesn't shy away there true self. I even say marry Christmas I know jaw droping :-) Hugs to you all
Originally Posted by tgal
Hi everyone. I believe that JESUS is the Son of GOD (the Creator of all heaven and earth). I believe that JESUS was born of a virgin, was crucified for our sins, was buried and on the third day (after His crucifixion), He rose again and is now in Heaven sitting on the right hand of GOD the Father.
I believe the Bible is the inspired Word of GOD.
I believe that GOD is omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent.
I believe GOD is the POWER over all POWER.
I believe JESUS is coming again to take believers back to heaven with HIM.
I was brought up in church and I strayed for a long time but thank GOD HE forgave me and now I live for HIM.
I sometimes have a hard time dealing with the symptoms of Lupus, but I believe that my triumphs are being used as a testimony for others.
I believe that there is a heaven and that there is a hell and a lake of fire for those who don't choose JESUS as Lord and Savior (please note that I am NOT judging anybody here. I am simply stating what I believe).
This is me. Thanks for listening.
OK, now I am even MORE impressed with this group. I avoided even reading this for a few days because I didn't want to read a bunch of Bible thumping. How amazing that people with such diverse beliefs can come together and respect one another! What interests me most is that the people who have replied to this post are really very open to other people's beliefs, no matter what their own are. I probably have the most in common with Bunny28, but there were parts of every post that reflect my views. As a nurse, I cannot help but be amazed at the complexity of the human body, and the universe and don't believe that it was some cosmic accident. I believe in a power much greater than us all and that when we die, we are absorbed into that energy, but remain individuals.
My world view of spirituality also comes from growing up on the Navaho Reservation in New Mexico. When you visit those ancient communities, you can feel the spirits of those who walked before you. I have tried all flavors of Christianity and am fed up with the judgement attitudes that allow some people to claim God loves them best - and then those same people scream and yell about paying for programs to take care of the sick and the poor. To me the holiest people are those who love unconditionally and give of themselves - and those values can exist in people of any spiritual bent, including agnostics and athiest (as proven by this forum).
I am so very new to this post so tentative to speak but feel compelled to do so. I have been without God and have walked with Him. Walking with Him is far sweeter. I am Christian and loved on by many. When I am at my weakest moments, I have never felt alone. This is important as I live alone. I don't bible thump. I just love in the deepest way I can.
First let me say that new or not you became a part of the family as soon as you joined. No need to worry about what you say. You are answering the question put out there for all of us. You have as much right to answer it as anyone else. Although I am always proud of this place this thread has made me even more proud. So many different ideas about faith and not one fight. You can't say that in post places.
Originally Posted by lovedbyHim
So, I say again, don't be worried about what you say. As long as we respect each other it is all good. We are really glad that you joined our family
One thing I learned in the military, is that when the chips are down, and things go from bad to worse, it makes no difference who the guy fighting next to you is. Differences in religion, race, cultural differences, all of that becomes irrelevant. Facing a common enemy can bring together the most diverse group of people imaginable, and make them one. I think that's what is going on here with us.
And if there's any good to come from fighting an enemy, be it in a war, or fighting a disease like Lupus, it's that the ability of a diverse group to come together fighting as one is such a powerful thing, that it tends to stay with you throughout life, and you find yourself open to other people, their ideas, religions, and cultures in ways you never could have imagined before. I call it "Enlightenment by Fire".
Lupus is our common enemy, and we face it together here.
Well said my friend. Well said!
Originally Posted by rob
I've been reading this thread for quite a while, but have not posted until now. I guess I was trying to think how to say it.
I believe in God. God is there; no matter how you think of him - nature, karma, "the force", fate or whatever. It doesn't matter what you call him. I feel that as long as you are open to Him and talk with Him and believe - it's okay. I don't think you need to go to church; but it helps you to go - emotionally mentally and physically. Churches are man's version of religion; men, so-called inspired men at that, make the rules. I have always felt that their rules are the power of their hierarchy. I happen to go to a Catholic church because that's where I feel comfortable. There are rules that I don't agree with. Bible thumpers have driven my son from formal religion. I dislike these people who push their religion on others - but I will pray for them and hope that the Holy Spirit visits them and they come to understand that they do more harm than good.
As man gains knowledge and moves forward to space, we find that the old rules can't work. the new rules don't seem to work either. Rules are the downfall of religion.
As other have said, these are my beliefs and I do not push them on others; I merely state them.
Originally Posted by rob
What a great example of what you've said...it's surprising in life what things can draw people together until the situation arises.