One of the most valued beliefs among many Pagans, Universalists, and New Age thinkers is the belief that “all paths lead to God”, or “the Divine” when they don’t want to use the G-word.
When I was a Pagan this was one of the views that led me to see Christians as intolerant, narrow-minded, and it kept me from accepting Christianity as a valid path.
As a pagan I held the story of the blind men and the elephant as the truth about spirituality. If you’re not familiar it goes something like this:
A common question among believers and non-believers when finding out that I became a Christian not so long ago and/or upon hearing my background in unbelief is along the lines of: “How did you become a Christian?” Depending on the person asking the emphasis is either on “How”, “you”, or “Christian”. Each variant requires it’s own emphasis on specific parts of the same story, which you can read in the “About” section of this blog. Now, I will admit that my testimony, as with most others, is highly subjective and emotionally based, so I think a more important question to ask, which no one ever does, is: “Why are you still a Christian?” Continue reading
If you read my history you know how Joel Osteen helped to water the seed that was planted in me. I havent listened to him in some time, my spiritual journey has led me on to more solid foods and he just wasn’t meeting the gospel needs that I had. People like Joel Osteen are good for bringing people in, but they offered a watered down version of Christianity, which in the long run isn’t good at all. Continue reading
Some time ago I posted a question on facebook, and I got a bunch of great responses… No one, however, actually answered the question I asked. I suppose that was a good thing, because it left me to figure it out for myself. The answer, or at least an answer that satisfies my curiosity came to me today while reading Job.
Simple answer is I want to live it. I have been at church or elsewhere and have found that I have paid more attention to how I would write about what just happened or what was said than I had spent in worship and prayer.
So I stopped posting about faith, and started living in faith. And it has worked wonders!
A few years ago I was doing business with a guy (pretty vague, huh?) and the deal .
Now, I knew this guy was a believer, and that may be why I said it. I honestly don’t know if I would have said it if I hadn’t known he was a believer. Maybe it was my desire t be nice, maybe it was the Holy Spirit, but whatever the reason those three little words planted a seed in him. He called me today and said he has been thinking about how our conversation ended last week (those three words) and he didn’t know if it was the Holy Spirit or what but he has “been moved for a couple of days now to do this evaluation & send it to [me]“. The evaluation was for a new deal that may not be such a financial burden.fellthrough. For a couple of months I have been thinking about that situation and wishing the deal had gone through. The situation for me now to close the same deal will cause quite a significant financial burden, but it is one I was thinking of undergoing in a few months anyway out of necessity. Last week the guy from before called me up out of the blue and we talked about completing the deal, and he pretty much confirmed my resolve about the financial burden. We ended the conversation and I was compelled to say “God Bless You”.
It has been one year since I have accepted Jesus Christ into my life, one year since God called me to walk this path. This post is just a reflection on some of the things that have come in that past year and how I have been changed. Continue reading