I don’t believe being a Christian is about avoiding hell.
I believe following Jesus, and realizing we’re lovable despite our crap, is about finding fulfillment and life…here and now.
I don’t believe the Bible is best read as an instruction book.
I believe that the Bible will change your life when you read it as a love story of an eternal creator pursuing those He loves.
I don’t believe conversations with God have to be filled with elegant, flowery and ridiculously inspirational words and phrases that no one would ever use in real life.
I believe God wants us to know we can talk with Him like we talk with our friends – no matter how happy, sad or angry we are…even if we’re pissed at God, Himself.
I don’t believe that God should be marketed as the ultimate self-help program.
I believe that the true Love and Life that lives inside of us gives more hope to the rest of the world than any pamphlet handed to people on the street ever could.
I don’t believe that heaven will be sparsely populated.
I believe that God did everything in His power to spend eternity with every single being He created.
I don’t believe we have to perform rituals to earn God’s love.
I believe human beings were created to be loved. And, when we experience true Love, love overflows from our lives into the lives of others.
Those are the realizations that changed my life.
That’s why I live the crazy life that I do.
Nothing compares to the moment when you see someone realize they’re loved and cared for. Nothing compares to the moment when someone realizes that despite their many imperfections, God still sees them as perfect. Nothing compares to the moment when someone realizes the Spirit of God Himself all loving…and alive inside of the people they see all around them. Nothing compares to the moment when someone realizes that God has never and will never leave them…and that they’ll never be alone.
No wonder true Christianity broke down walls of ethnic, cultural and spiritual divisions in its early days…radical love will do that.
God isn’t complicated. God is Love.
John 13:34-35 (Voice translation)
So I give you a new command: love each other deeply and fully. Remember the ways that I have loved you, and demonstrate your love for others in those same ways. Everyone will know you as My followers if you demonstrate your love to others.