LSOF: My World Religions Essay ” How has my belief system shaped my life?”

Our belief systems help us to have a good perspective on the reality around us, and they also help us to understand ourselves.
It is because of faith that: I know love, stand for truth, and have developed the character I have today.

The two definitions of love in Greek translation is, “phileo”, which means that it’s love based on feeling, and usually has deep rooted emotion tied to it with another person, or people; accepting of others, and their actions.
“agape”, is a type of love which means- to have a love for others based on how we think towards others rather than how we might feel. It’s very deep.
However, it also means that as a Christian it has taught me to love the person, but not the sin.
My faith in God has allowed me to love people in this way. I come from a very rough background in my life, and while it’s hard to “feel” love for others, I actively apply to my life what the Bible says I need to do to have the thought process on how to love others daily.
The attributes of love are stated clearly in:
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8Love never fails.
At the heart of it, faith should bring people together and not tear them apart.

Standing for truth is something I believe very much plays a major role in how faith shapes the life I have.
The world says, “God helps those who help themselves.” But that is so far from the truth.
I believe it’s important to question something when we don’t believe it to be right.
That is something I have learned so much from reading the Bible, and the life of Jesus, disciples.
People take bits and pieces from the Bible and decide what they “think” should be true or not true, but
I personally love what Anne Graham Lotz said,
“I don’t want to get to heaven and realize that I had disregarded truth, because I cherry-picked my way
through the Bible.”
It’s the Bible. It’s truth. I will take that over anything anyone ever has to say.
I know there are people out there who are very sensitive to truth. I understand that. Those people are very dear to me, because I know they don’t understand. Rather than get in their face, I figure out a way to relate to them. God has taught me to try to relate to everyone on every level.
Before ever reading a page in the Bible, they should read the the Word off of me.
Everything I stand for and everything that I am.
The world believes that God is common; the truth of Him has been clearly distorted. He has been put in a box, and categorized just as any other god of a culture.
My God is sovereign. My God is a jealous God. He will one day stamp His foot on other gods, by
His judgment alone.
I believe in God. I believe in Jesus as the son of God. I believe in the Holy Spirit, which is Jesus without
skin or bones. I believe Jesus died for my sins. I believe everything on this earth to be beautiful, because
God created it. I stand for truth in even politics and how I vote based on
Daniel 2:20-21
He changes times and seasons;
he sets up kings and deposes them.
He gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to the discerning.
22 He reveals deep and hidden things;
he knows what lies in darkness,
and light dwells with him.

I know that it is God who places everyone, in any position. He is in control of every vote. He makes sure there is justice.
That’s my God. He sees what is happening even if I don’t. Nothing is ever hidden from His sight.
When it comes to knowledge, I would rather have knowledge of Jesus Christ and the Bible, then anything on this earth.
It isn’t going to be my knowledge of the stars and planets, some literary poem, or memorizing the Gettysburg Address that will get me to heaven. It’s going to be my faith and belief in Jesus Christ.

My character is molded by how I apply what I have learned about Jesus, and the example He is, so I can in turn be a true example of Him.
Christ is who strengthens me. The Holy Spirit in my heart is who guides me daily. It is God that brings me wisdom; not my parents, and not my teachers. God alone.
He has taught me so many things to live my life daily. I survive by Him alone.
I’m not perfect, but thankfully I have encouragement from God that says I am not expected to be,
God has no expectations, and He has no conditions.
“When perfection comes, the imperfect disappears.” (1 Corinthians 13:10)

The world is good at saying, “Do your best.” But most of the time, it’s not really “your” best, it’s what
someone else has decided “your best” is.
The world says we should be individuals and figure out stuff on our own, and asking for help is weak.
My faith has taught me, we are all on this earth together, we all have faults, and we all have areas in which we struggle. But we are still all in this together.

2 Corinthians 12:9
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

My faith has taught me that life is to be lived to the fullest. I focus on not what I can do, because of God, but what God can do through me. It’s about being humble, compassionate, and admitting when I’m wrong. The world will respond to me, but how I choose to live my life. If I am someone who goes against everything I believe in and party, carry on or whatever, then I am a hypocrite to my belief,
and being ungrateful for the love Jesus has shown me when He died on the cross for my sins.
My faith has taught me to rejoice with others when things are awesome, and grieve with them, when they are not. The world is neglectful to that, when someone is down, they walk away.
The Bible says, “When one falls, the other should pick him up.”
When someone does wrong to me, God has taught me that I should “turn the other cheek”, I don’t confront them, I just ask them in love why they acted as they did.
Without my belief in Jesus, I would be nothing as it says:
John 15:5
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

God is not a security blanket. He is what keeps me solid. My foundation.
I don’t go to church, because its required, I go because I love Jesus, and because He’s changed my life.
I go, because I want to learn even more about Him.

My faith is what helps me view the world around me, it teaches me in the way it should be viewed,
and it also has very deeply, helped me to understand myself.
My character daily should reflect that of Jesus. Standing for truth should always be my heartbeat,
and daily learning more how to love others should be the main thing. Always.

He is my God. I am His child. I live for Him alone.

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