Your belief vs. What you believe

Your belief vs. What you believe

I tried to make this title clever but now I’m afraid that it makes no sense and I have to explain it.

 

I love(d) talking about my faith with people. I loved when they asked me questions about things that I’d been to talks on and could give actual answers to. I loved when they asked about topics that I’d read and researched about. I loved when they asked about things that I’d had experiences with and so could talk about with emotional involvement.

 

There are some questions, however, that I find hard to answer because answering them feels like a conflict between what the Bible teaches (My belief; Christianity) and what I, myself belive.

 

Surely, the 2 should be in line? If I all myself a Christian, surely I should hold the same personal beliefs as the ones that are outlined in the Bible? And, yet, it’s not that simple.

 

Let’s take the ongoing debate about homosexuality in religion as an example. Me, myself, have no problem with homosexuality (I get angry when I hear people saying “God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve” because I find that completely irrelevant) but a lot of people will argue that the Bible actually teaches against it. I’ve read a lot and watched quite a few videos on this – because of this conflict between my belief and my beliefs – only to find that people have been taking verses out of context and using them to push their homophobic beliefs. Even without that, I don’t feel like Christians should hate any group of people when we’re taught to love. This long winded explanation was essentially to say that it then becomes difficult when – in a conversation about faith – people ask me what my views are.

 

I, personally, don’t see it as unnatural but then surely I should explain what the Bible says also? As well as what I know about the context of the scriptures? But then there are other Christians who think differently, should I mention this point of view?

 

I know that I’m not a spokesperson for all Christians and I know the people I speak to know this too, but it doesn’t make it any easier. When it comes to something that can be so controversial within religion, it becomes difficult to know what to say- particularly when my knowledge on the subject is not the best.

 

Why should a loving God send people to Hell? I can give you a great explanation of this from a Biblical point of view. Yet, now, I struggle with that concept myself. I understand that God is just and that bad people shouldn’t be rewarded and that we were given free will and chose not to live a life with God. But I’m also taught that we should forgive and not hate but love and pray for our enemies. Think about it this way, say you have 5 children. 4 of them are angels, always eat their greens and go to bed on time, they never forget to say please and thank you. The final kid is the complete opposite and usually causes you a lot of stress. Now say you’re on a sinking ship and you can only save 4 kids. Would you save the 4 best behaved ones?

 

That’s wrong, no? All 5 of the are your children, surely, you love them all the same? This is where it becomes hard for me to accept things that go against my beliefs.

 

Last point before this gets too long. What’s the solution to this? Do I need to force myself to get my beliefs in line with what the Bible teaches? Or as I grow in my faith, will this come naturally?

Do I stick by what I feel and believe half-heartedly? Picking and choosing what and when I want to believe things?

 

I would love a conversation to flow out of this but this is mostly me trying to spill my thought out somewhere. I’ve asked a lot of questions that, if you feel you have an answer to, I’d love to get answered. I don’t want to be exclusive with this, either, I’d love anyone to feel like they can share their opinion here – I welcome them all (If you don’t feel comfortable commenting, you can always contact me by clicking the link on my name below)

 

I hope everyone has had an amazing week and enjoys the coming week!

Tidrah x

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13 thoughts on “Your belief vs. What you believe

  1. I would have a hard time answering this, but here is something that might interest you. I haven’t listened to the whole thing yet, so let me know what you think, and maybe we can discuss it as we go along.

    1. I don’t blame you – It’s such a difficult thing, I think it would take a while to ever fully answer. Unfortunately, the WiFi that I’m connected to right now can barely handle 3 minute YouTube videos! I can get back to you later in the week, though once I’ve watched some of it?

      1. Sure, that would be great. Actually I just finished it, but may listen to it again; I have read some of Kreeft’s books, and always find that I have to go over them again because he is very deep and likes to fully explain everything. I should mention he is Catholic, but I think what he says can apply to people of any religion. It’s a really interesting talk.

      2. Hey, did you ever watch the video? Was it helpful to you?
        My favorite part was the very end: “…homosexuals are good things, and homosexual acts are bad things. So they accept homosexual persons but they don’t accept homosexual acts. They tolerate homosexual acts, but they don’t tolerate homosexual persons; they love them.”
        That just about sums it up I think.

      3. Hi, I’m really sorry I got ill the day after I got back home and underestimated how busy September would be for me. I haven’t really had a moment to myself and my laptop has also packed up! I would still like to listen to it if you’re still interested in chatting about it. Sorry for the delay, I haven’t opened WordPress in a long time

      4. Oh no! I hope you are better now. No worries, I understand busy all too well. I’m interested in chatting any time.

  2. I understand your turmoil… Sometimes the Bible’s principles don’t seem to make sense in our day-to-day lives. Now, the Bible does clearly say that homosexuality is bad in God’s eyes, and seems to actually be a punishment (He gave them over to shameful lusts. Romans 1:26-27 NIV) for disobedience and abandoning God. However, God still loves those who abandon Him (I don’t know how He does it… I could never) and wants gays, trans, queers, etc. to come to Him. I’ve always liked “God will accept you as you are, but He won’t leave you that way.” If a gay gives his/her life to Christ, he/she will no longer “identify” as homosexual, but will struggle with it. I’ve read a lot of testimonies of people who have done just that. They were gay, but came to Christ and began to see how it was actually breaking God’s heart. We can love them as people whom God loves, but as people who are purposely living in sin. So, we lead them to Christ like we would lead anyone else, like a kleptomaniac or habitual liar. They struggle with something, but God can help them if they let Him.
    As for you and whether or not you need to align your perspective with the Bible, don’t try to force yourself to believe something, but take it to God in prayer. The Bible is the Word of Truth. If the Bible obviously says something, then that’s God’s perspective on it. As the manufacturer of this world, I am inclined to believe that He’s right. 🙂 So, if you believe something that is contradictory to the Bible (and I speak from experience), take your opinion to God and ask Him to help you work it out. We are told to “work out your salvation with fear and trembling” and that means wrestling with our hearts and minds and to let God work out His mindset instead.
    Did that make any sense? Idk, please let me know any more questions you have about it!

    1. Thank you so much for taking your tie to write that, it makes a lot of sense and I can see where you’re coming from. From what I’ve read and looked into, the original (Hebrew? Or Greek?) text and words used back then don’t really align with the words that we would use today (For example, the word for unnatural doesn’t have a negative connotations but simply suggests that the action is something unlike what is usually expected). Then there is the argument that those were laws made for the people of those times and not these times. That’s what I’d love to figure out.

      Taking things to God is definitely the way to go – I agree with you there – I just can’t imagine myself changing my mind on it. However, I do respect everything that you’ve said – sorry if it seems as if I’m going against it, my mind goes 1000mph when it comes to these things!

      1. I’m so glad that made sense, haha. See, my only argument against the original word argument is that God wouldn’t let His word get twisted in so many trusted versions. When the Message version tries to take verses out, we obviously notice, so that’s not too much of a problem. If God was really OK with homosexuality, He wouldn’t let it sound like He was against it due to poor translation. That’s my take on it, at least.
        Since there’s no law specifically against homosexuality in the Bible, I’m not sure that the “outdated law” argument works… But still, God never changes, so neither do His commands. I see homosexuality as a sin when you embrace it, like a kleptomaniac who never goes to rehab. But, it’s something some people are born with, so it’s something we need to address. Good luck and may God bless you in your search for the truth! 🙂
        Love,
        Sydney

      2. I’m not very well read when it comes to the Bible (which is terrible, I know) so I respect your arguments. I can be quite stubborn and can’t imagine myself believing homosexuality is a sin but I honestly respect the way that you stand by your opinion and present it in such a civil way (:

        Thank you, I hope you’re having a great week so far!x

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