I received a comment from someone reading my blog named Mike. I don’t know who this person is, but his comment was rather involved and important enough that I thought I might post something in response to it. I think there may be other people reading who may feel as he does; I want to answer him and them at the same time.
Here is the comment I received:
I feel so bad for you poor people. Don’t you ever want to break the shackles and be free? Ever think “what if there are no gods or devils, and I have wasted all this time and energy?”.
If you were Buddhist, you would be filtering all of your life experiences to confirm your Buddhist beliefs. If you were Hindu you would be filtering all of your life experiences to confirm your Hindu beliefs. If you practiced African Bantu witchcraft you would be filtering all of your life experiences to confirm your….um…. beliefs.
What you believe, you will find proof to support that belief. That is how the human mind works.
Every religion claims that they are the only true and right one. Every religion says that their people are special or chosen. Every religion tries to keep their people isolated from “non-believers”.
You should all read about many other religions, the Koran for example, reads much like the bible. A lot of the same cast. Lots of non-believers going to hell, and only the true believers being rewarded with paradise. Their religion came after yours. You should read about some of the ones that were around before yours.
And here is my response to Mike:
I was a little surprised by your referral of myself and the rest of us Christians as “poor people.” You ask if we want to break our shackles and be free. You ask what we will do if we’ve wasted all of this time and energy and there are no gods or devils.
I care enough about what you’re asking, Mike, to clarify my feelings in-depth for you so that there can be no doubt.
I’m hardly poor; I actually consider myself to be quite rich. You cannot see my material wealth, perhaps because it is on the inside of myself and is not easily viewed, but I’m really very happy in my life and contented. I am fulfilling my destiny. I believe that destiny is to serve God according to His purposes and desires for my life and finally, after much lengthy introspection, this is what I’m doing.
What you may not understand is that long ago when I chose to know and turn to God and begin a relationship with Him, my entire life really began at that point. I stepped into a great adventure. On this adventure, anything and everything has been possible and I have received the desires of my heart. I will continue to receive what I most dream of and that which will make me most happiest if I keep on the path that He wills for me to follow. There is no “waste of time” here, Mike.
If, at the end of my time on this planet, I find that there is no God, no Satan, and that everything was simply an illusion/delusion, I will not regret one moment of my choice to follow Jesus Christ, to live as God has had me to live. I won’t ever regret living my life to please God.
The way I live is good for me. The positives are incredible and are good for my body, mind, spirit, and emotional nature. The Christian lifestyle is healthy for one’s family and children too. This is a wonderful way to live!
I live a settled, stable life that brings me peace of mind, humor, inner satisfaction and happiness, a feeling of intense well-being, the knowledge that I am always protected and cared for, and I am never alone. Nothing can happen to me that God doesn’t allow to happen and God turns everything to my good, even when things may seem to the contrary.
I have a relationship that brings me fulfillment and happiness. I feel loved and guided by my Heavenly Father. Were I to be all wrong and there is no such thing, I wouldn’t regret one minute of what I’ve experienced and lived. There would be no wasted time and energies; do you understand that I would change nothing? Nothing.
I wasn’t born into a Christian-believing family; it was the opposite, in fact. My life took many desperate turns from a very young age until I finally met God and surrendered to Him at the age of sixteen. I strayed from the path over the next many years more times than I can tell you, but I’ve always returned like the prodigal son in the bible. The last three to four years, I’ve been choosing the narrow path that leads to a closer walk with Him. My love for God just keeps growing with every day that passes; I’m not poor in any way, shape, or form. I’m not in bondage or shackles, Mike.
I don’t care what the other religions do or believe because I’ve done my share of studying them over these years. I believe Jesus Christ walked the earth, was crucified, died, and rose again so that I could really live. He died so that I would have opportunity to be free from the bondage of sin and be forgiven if I will but believe on Him and repent of my wrong doings.
I’m not aware of any other religion offering me that. Through Jesus Christ, I have eternal life with God and the saints. I will experience Heaven. There will be no more pain, evil, sickness, or tears. I will live in the wondrous presence of Holy God for all eternity.
You have the same opportunities for all of this as I do if you will just reach out and take what is offered, but you can’t have the foggiest idea of what this is all about and how it feels until you do. In the interim, you’re way off from the truth of this matter and what it’s really like for me and countless of others. I hope that one day you will be blessed enough to find out for yourself how incredible this life is and how I wouldn’t change a moment of it for anything this earth could offer me. I hope one day you’ll know what I mean, Mike. May God make Himself known to you so that you’ll understand. Thank you for your comment and I appreciate you sharing your thoughts and concerns with me.
- Living on Purpose (lloydacarringtonjr.wordpress.com)
- Our Security In The Unchanging Christ (samuelatgilgal.wordpress.com)
- Seen on the web: Why is Christianity the correct religion? Please do not quote the Bible. (douglawrence.wordpress.com)