First of all, lets make it clear, this is what I believe – what being a Christian means to me.
I believe there was a man named Jesus, his mother was Mary, and he said he was God. He also said that he made all that we know and see.
Based on history, study, and a personal encounter, I believe he is who he says he is.
I subscribe to his teachings of love, peace, and joy. And I try each day to treat others as I would like to be treated.
I believe that if I stay true to his teachings, I will have an awesome life on this earth, and when time has passed, I will be with him – my creator.
Much more important than his teachings was his sacrifice. You see, there are laws of the universe that have been put in place. For example, what goes up, must come down, or, one day we will all die. Another law is that the consequence of sin, is death.
Sin is defined as “doing what I know is wrong” and “not doing what I know is right”.
If we are honest, we are all guilty of sin. The Bible [the book that God wrote] says that the consequence of sin is that we will be separated from God in a [real] place called hell – for eternity. Hell will not be pleasant at all.
So Jesus realizes that we will sin, and we will repeatedly do so, even if we have the best intentions. He then said: I will take upon myself the consequence of sin on your behalf… I’ll be honest, this part is mysterious to me, and I am still trying to figure it out. He says that if we have faith – in the sequence of events surrounding his life, his death, and his coming back to life – we will not suffer the consequence of sin.
This mystery is what causes me to continue to learn about, and seek after God. I do this by reading my Bible, by going to church, and meeting with other people who believe and are seeking as I do. I also do my best to practice what Jesus taught, with hopes that I can grow closer to him.
Listen, I know that I am not perfect, and I know that I am not always a good model of who Jesus is, I am genuinely trying to fix this.
So, yeah, this is what I believe.
What do you believe? Who do you believe in? Please email me at hello [at] dbala.com and lets talk about it, or leave a private comment below, and I’ll be sure to respond.