I am friends with people from various religious backgrounds. We’ve been known to discuss our beliefs and disbeliefs in depth. We aren’t afraid to ask each other what we believe in. At times, we carry on intense conversations about our religious journeys. We aren’t afraid that we are going to offend another person because we all go into the conversation with an open-mind. We respect each other and the beliefs we all hold. We don’t talk down or ridicule each other based on what/who we choose to worship. We are adult in our conversations and don’t talk down on each other. We don’t worry about hurting feelings or seeming better for our beliefs. We are all still friends when the topic of religion ends. We don’t feel ostracized or insulted.
Today, I want to tell you what I believe. I’m not going to go into terribly great detail, as some of the things I believe in, in terms of religion, I hold sacred. I feel inspired however to share with those who will read this, my true beliefs. I’ve done so in the past and have received nothing but positivity about my words. Tonight, I ask that you respect me as much as I’d respect you if I were reading about your beliefs.
I’m choosing to focus this post on the things that I believe in, instead of those that I don’t. It’s our beliefs that connect us. I feel that feelings of mutual disbelief only cause contention to build in our hearts.
I believe in Jesus Christ. He is my Savior. He is my redeemer. He is my advocate with the Father. He suffered, bled, and died so that I would be able to return to the presence of God. He paved the way for us to be resurrected by rising from the dead himself. He is our elder brother. He knows our desires and wants. He knows us better than anyone else. He loves us with the purest heart. He is the light in the darkness. He is the truth that will set us free. He is The Christ.
I believe Christ. His words ring true to me every time I read them in the scriptures. His voice echoes in my head as I study his sermons. He spoke the truth. He wants us to become like Him. He wants to be there for us. He spoke of being perfect like Him and He wants to helps us accomplish that. Through studying His words, we can know exactly what we need to do to become perfected in Him. As I’ve engrossed myself with those things that He spoke, I find a peace in my heart. I find a joy that is incomprehensible. My days seem less burdensome as I learn the things that He spoke. There is true power in words, and especially in His.
I believe that God is our loving Heavenly Father. He is the father of our spirits. He watches over us, guiding our path that will one day return us to Him. He sent His son to die for our sins because he loves us. He wants to know us. We are His sons and daughters. As I look at the world around me, from how it was created to the things that encompass its surface, I find evidence that there is a God. We feel His presence as we pray. When we pour our hearts out in faithful prayer to God, he fills our spirits with peace and joy. He wants us to tell Him about our day, our desires, are goals, and our fears. He wants to comfort us when we are feeling lonely and offer advice when we might be heading in a wrong direction.
God has inspired both men and women to lead and guide us back to Him. But, I believe we all have it within us to feel inspired from God. We can receive personal revelation that will guide our lives. The Heavens are not closed. Through special and sacred experiences that I have had, I know that angels are among us, helping us through our darkest hours. They inspire us to be better people. They teach us to be humble and prayerful. God is definitely on the move and his words are spreading throughout the world. His mission is to bring us back to Him. He wants us to spread the message of peace and love that was taught through Christ. He wants us to preach the Gospel of Christ from every roof top, until our voices give out and we can speak no more. He wants us to love our neighbors, our friends, family members, and our enemies. He wants us to help the old and sick, the poor and needy, and the rich and greedy. He wants us to be willing to give the shirts off of our backs and the food from our table if someone truly needs it. He wants us to spread the love that He offers to us.
God doesn’t want us to forget about Him. He wants us to thank Him for the things that He has given to us. He wants us to be humble and to acknowledge that through Him we have received all of the good things in this world. He also wants to bless us. He wants to provide us with all that this world has to offer. He’s instructed us to learn all that we can from the world that He created. He didn’t create it so we’d sit at home and watch TV every day. He wants us to be outside exploring the vastness that surrounds us. He wants us to get our feet dirty, to smell the sweet scent of wildflowers, to climb the tallest mountains, and explore the deepest caves. He wants us to accept every opportunity that we have to learn and grow. He gave us this life so that we could live, not just survive.
The scriptures are true. If we read them we will be protected from the things of this world that try and harm us. They are shield and protection for us. I’ve personally learned, albeit the hard way, that reading the scriptures provides and armor that blocks out the things of Satan. They teach us to how to rely on Christ and they give us the motivation to do so. The scriptures are self-help book full of wisdom and truth.
Satan is real. He tries every day to wrap his chains around us to drag us down to hell. He tempts us to do things that are contrary to the words of God. He wants us to be as miserable as he is. He wants us to suffer. He was cast out of our Heavenly Fathers presence and wants that we never return to it either. He is the purest form of evil. He’s cunning and sly. He makes terrible things look good. I’ve found that the closer I get to The Savior the stronger Satan’s hold on me becomes. He wants us to stay weak and sad. He wants us to feel dejected and unloved.
God loves us all. He wants us to do the best we can with the things that He has given to us. I know that this was a very generic version of my beliefs but like I said in the beginning, some of the things that I believe in are sacred enough that I don’t want to share them on here. I know my Savior lives. I know that God is my Heavenly Father. I know it and am truly grateful that I have that knowledge.