I’ve always had dreams of my own. Good ones too! Dreams of becoming a musical artist, traveling the world and meeting people and making music that has a huge impact on listeners (but not specifically Christian music).
I have a feeling God won’t lead me specifically down that path. But the dream of becoming an artist, is kind of what keeps me excited about the future, or maybe even being an author.
But lets say God wants me to be a missionary or work in the church as my main work in life. If worst case senario, I say “Umm…. I’d rather be an artist, so I’m just going to go to college for that.” And go in the opposite direction, will I loose my salvation? No longer be His child?
I am also not doing the best right now with dealing with sin. How do I do it “with” God? I know i can’t do it on my own…. I guess. I know I myself cannot create kindness, but even Atheists can be kind. I guess what that means is doing it with the help of God through scripture?
I terrified of backsliding and falling from Grace! Someone please help me! I fear right now I’m not even saved, so if theoretically I were to step outside and get run over by a car- would I even go to heaven when I die? I thought its not what you do that gets you into heaven…. yet it seems everything I’m NOT doing very well might mean I’m not in His Grace anymore.
|December 4, 2014 at 11:24|
As an atheist, my advice for you is to follow your dreams. If you want to be an artist or a musician, go for it, and don’t let anything stand in your way.
I’m not sure what you mean by “I cannot create kindness” …you can be a kind person with or without God (but your reasons for doing so might be different, for example, I’m kind because it helps my life; when other people benefit from me, there’s a good chance I’ll benefit too; fear of eternal punishment/expectation of eternal reward has nothing to do with it for me).
And this part is where atheists aren’t really good at giving advice (the kind you want to hear, anyway). My advice,as someone who doesn’t believe in any of it, would be to not worry about salvation or any afterlife, but if that doesn’t tickle your fancy, I’m not sure what to tell you.
Here’s a list of salvation-related verses in the bible, you may or may not enjoy: skepticsannotatedbible.com/says_about/salvation.html
|December 4, 2014 at 17:00|
I’m fine with hearing other opinions. With me, the only reason I fear hell at the moment is because of my life before living for God, when doing the right thing in general was hard for me, and that being the reason I fear I may slip back into my old self, and stay that way.
When I said; “create kindness”, this is very hard for me to explain, but think about it this way, the very essence, the chemicals, the hormones, and the triggers, in your brain that help you function in such a way, that is what I mean when I wrote I cannot create kindness myself. Manifest, yes, but we Christians believe the actual ability and kindness itself ( kindness just being an example) comes from God.
I understand (not to offended anyone’s religion) how certain denominations such as Catholicism may be well known for, correct me if I’m wrong, scaring people with that side of the Bible- but here’s the thing. The Bible itself says to preach the word with love, and also states what love IS (kind, gentle, patient, not self-seeking, love does not envy, it is not easily angered, keeps no record of wrongs, takes no delight in evil but rejoices in the truth…. you can look it up in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 If you’d like the entire verse.) So for you, theoretically following along, wouldn’t it be kind of contradictory to your own faith to be preaching the word without love? I don’t think scarring people in following Jesus is exactly loving, as anyone can see. So anyone who scares someone into Christianity is going against the scripture they claim to follow, just saying.
|December 4, 2014 at 22:09|
Just to add, I clicked that link, and SO many can simply be explained, and are understandable, to be confusing.
This is just my opinion here, but for example, Romans 3:28 A man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
So now, hey! No having to sacrifice animals for our wrongdoings, our sins, anymore! Now, as an Israelite who has put their faith IN Jesus, and is actually going to FOLLOW his teachings (how else would I know how to avoid sin?) and heck! If I mess up, scream at my mother out of frustration, forget to sweep the dirt floor out of tiredness, God loves me unconditionally! And deliberate sin stated in the book of Hebrews means there is no sacrifice for the sin left! Huh! So If I want to deliberately go steal my neighbor’s donkey, I’m not exactly following Christ, and this wasn’t a “slip up”.
|December 4, 2014 at 22:34|
I have felt afraid of God’s will for me as well. Life is super unexpected, and sometimes when I think I’m on a good track something goes super wrong and I wonder how these plans were better than my own? It has happened when we had to pick up and move places when I was finally feeling like I had my feet on the ground. Or like when you think you are putting your energy into something good and then it all comes crashing down. I don’t have all of the answers. In fact, I really don’t have any. But it’s important to know that you are not alone. Other people feel this way too. Try praying to God for peace and clarity, and then just go with the flow because what else can you do?! 🙂
|December 22, 2014 at 03:29|
You need to trust him. If you ever wonder why bad things happen in your life, know that it’s the only things that God can only work with in a broken world like our’s.
Here’s a verse that you should really, really rely on! It’s a promise from God, you’re God! The one that will never, ever leave you. Here it is:
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
You have a choice in what you believe and go for. I trust that you’ll stick with God in everything you do. If you’re ever afraid of going to hell, don’t think that you have to be extremely perfect to get to heaven. You get into heaven simply by putting faith in God and believing that Jesus died for you. All you need after that is to establish a nice relationship with God. That’s it! Nothing more, nothing less. God wants you to live the life he planned out for you. Bad things may happen, but don’t focus on all that negativity. It’s meaningless to be afraid of hell your whole life! Rise up and be the woman God made you to be.
Remember the verse I gave you. When He promises, he darn well promises with all of his big, loving heart. Stay in His arms and trust him. Faith is key, faith is key! 🙂
|January 5, 2015 at 15:12|
Sometimes it’s difficult to accept the will of God, but keep in mind that you’ll be happiest when you do His will. I’ve talked with many individuals who can attest to this.
I glanced at some of the comments, and I’d like to mention that Catholics don’t believe in scaring people into avoiding what is wrong. While it’s okay to do good and avoid evil because of fear of punishment, our goal is to do good and avoid evil out of love for God.
You also made the claim that you don’t need works to be saved. If you don’t need works, then why did you even ask your original question about following God’s will in the first place? Following God’s will is a work. The Bible clearly states that “A person is justified by works and not by faith alone.”(James 2:24) And, as St. James pointed out, Abraham was justified by his actions, which were the living out of his faith by following God’s will. Please reference James 2:14-26. All Christians agree that the rituals and traditions of the old law became no longer necessary when Christ died on a cross and saved us, but after that Christ instituted a new law for His Church. It can be found both in Sacred Scripture, and in the words of Christ and His followers outside of Sacred Scripture, passed down by Sacred Tradition. The morality of our actions is determined by how faithfully we follow this new law given to us by Christ.
|January 17, 2015 at 21:57|
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