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Are we not “allowed” to think what we want? Is it absolutely necessary that everyone agree with us? If we don’t find someone to agree with us are we wrong or are we ahead of the time? In front of the curve? Outcast? Heretics? Agents of the devil? I say never be afraid to stand in your own truth!
Is hell real? I used to believe it was until I gave myself permission to question what I believed. I believed and I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior so I would not have to experience the unbearable, everlasting torment of hell that I had been taught about and convinced about as I read from the Bible.
Today I believe hell is a state of mind just like heaven. If I must, even in the Bible, Jesus taught that the kingdom of heaven is not with observation. Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. Luke 17:20-21. However, a person can pick or choose whatever scripture they want to prove a point but I still think it was worth stating.
The other day I went to a local cafeteria to purchase dinner. There was an elderly man beside me who seemed to be hard of hearing. He was having difficulty telling the lady across the steam table what he wanted. I noticed the situation and began to help him to communicate to the lady so that she could give him what he wanted. With sincere eyes, he said thank you. I reflected his genuineness with a smile and I told him it was my privilege. As we moved forward in the line with our trays there was a warm silence. When we arrived at the register he asked, “Are you a Christian?” With a gentle boldness, I responded, ” I used to be but I am not anymore.” He said, “Can I ask why?” Without hesitation, I said” I found out the there is truth in the Bible but the stories in the Bible are not true and the Bible is not the only source of truth. Then I asked him why he asked. He responded you have such a kind heart. I thanked him for his compliment with a smile.
As I walked away with my food I realized there was a chance he had never heard those words before. If he had heard them, it was by design for him at that moment to hear them again–just as much as it was for me to share. Nothing just happens. I found it interesting that he thought that I must’ve been a Christian to be so kind as if kindness does not exist within an individual unless he or she is a Christian.
If we really knew who we are and we understood our true nature. Would so many of us still desire to be saved? I think not. I don’t agree with everything Bishop Carlton Pearson states but I am encouraged by his resolve to honor his own truth.
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Authentic thoughts are thoughts that are genuine and sincerely expressed. Authentic thoughts reverberate with other authentic individuals so they have an irresistible urge to ponder or respectfully respond from their own unique perspective.
In peace and light,