I remember being a teenager and chatting late one night with a friend of mine. We were half joking but there was a lot of truth to our words. We joked about how mean God was. How he seemed to be spiteful and unforgiving. How we didn’t understand why we couldn’t commit the sin then just go ask for forgiveness. Mainly we were dumb teenagers. But I’d grown up hearing that every bad thing I’d do would condemn me to hell. It left me wondering if hell was really such a bad place. Seems like that’s where all the fun people got to go. Heaven was for squares.
It took me a while to learn about this whole God thing. Turns out it’s religion that’s screwing it all up. I had my first child and it started to make sense. She was perfect in every way. My second child made things even more clear. If you have children or a pet that you love like a child, this analogy will make perfect sense. As your kids grow, they begin to spread their wings. With that comes their mistakes. Mine are still pretty young, but I imagine that no matter what kind of hurt they bring me, my heart will always overflow for them. That’s where the “aha” moment came in. No matter how big my sin, God still loves me. What’s even crazier? He created me KNOWING full well I’d break His heart thousands of times. He knew I’d sleep with many partners searching for love when I should’ve been searching for Him. He knew I’d have an affair. He knew every lie I’d ever tell, every time I didn’t love someone properly, every time I’d disrespect my parents. He knew every single sin before I’d ever been a speck in my mothers womb…yet He still thought the world needed one of me. That’s the part that’s most impressive to me. But it’s the same with my children. I brought them into this world knowing they’d fail my expectations in some way at some point, yet I brought them here anyway. And I could never turn my back on them. As for pets, my idiot dog has chewed three expensive pairs of shoes and too many of my outfits. But I love her despite it. I wouldn’t be able to condemn her to the pound and walk out. It’d crush me.
But I thought we were giving up religion? Definitely. You see, I believe we were put here on this earth to be disciples of Jesus. Jesus who sat with lepers, hung out with whores, broke bread with the baddest of the bad. And I don’t think he’d have had such a following if he sat down with a whore and said “you better get your life together bc God is MAAAAAD at YOU and you’re going straight to hell.” Just can’t see the crowd falling for that. Instead he showed love and compassion to the unloveable bc God loved the unloveable. So that leaves me to believe that maybe, just maybe, God sent us the unloveable to teach us. How many times do you see a Christian look down on a homeless person and loathe them for their bad decisions? How many Christians have turned the homosexual community away from their church? How many Christians scare you into believing bc God is a condemning vengeful God? I’m sure there is a bible verse you can point out to me that proves God doesn’t like whatever more than once in the Bible. But what if we stopped throwing the rules around and just loved and cared for people in a genuine way? I can tell you personally that I’ve been doomed for hell many times in my life. Yet the love of God has been felt so strongly and has been so clear to me that I know He’s not sending me to hell. It’d break His heart. Because it’d break my heart to turn my back on one of my babies.
I know you’re passionate in your readings and interpretations, But that kind of condemning isn’t selling your product. I’d hear these people speak and think geez God is a jerk. No way I’m following that guy. But he’s not. He’s a very loving God and wants what’s best for us. And that’s pretty great. Yea, we should try and follow the rules…but he knows we will fail most of them. And he’s ok with that bc he’s your daddy and he loves you.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (KJV)
For the record, that verse clearly states WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH. Not whosoever follows every rule in the Bible and condemns his brother for failing. Just tossing that out there. ❤️😘