I’m addicted to reading blogs about God’s Grace. I’m not even a little bit trying to be a “Good Christian” by reading Jesus stuff. No, I’m so addicted to the peace/joy that God’s Truth brings me that I want to find some more. Below is my respond to a person who was writing on another blog and apparently found this whole hyper-grace viewpoint just bunk. I could relate to him so I wrote the following reply.
Matt – The way to find out what “theology” is actually True (there are many with different views claiming Truth in Christianity) is what brings the fruit of the Spirit to believers. For 30 years as a very serious, hard working “Christian”, I had depression and anxiety. In the last year, after learning these Truths, I’ve experience a big growth in all 9 of the fruit of the Spirits named in Galatians. I feel like I’ve been born again…again. If believing the way you do makes your spend your days filled with feelings of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control, then what you believe is True. If you’re more sad, afraid, angry or frustrated than you want to be, then you believe some things that aren’t True. [Hey, God. Please reveal all this Truth and joy to Matt.] Remember that the True Truth is something relatively few may find (small gate…narrow road). But God IS a rewarder of those who earnestly seek Him. If you stay after it, you will find it. It took me 30 years. But I kept at it because the way I was believing wasn’t satisfying my soul even a bit. Once I started believing this new way and my whole life changed completely, I found that there is a whole world of people who believe as I have come to believe. A family friend has quit heroin and is spending his days right now telling his friends how to get free (from drugs and spiritually). He’s gone from hospitalization grade depression/anxiety to being one of the most fulfilled people I know. I am not exaggerating even 1%. It was really THAT bad with him and it’s now THAT good.
Life goes from feeling like a heavy struggle to a light-hearted vacation. I know that’s hard to believe. But, if you “poll” others who frequent these blogs, you will find thousands of people with the exact same experiences as mine. We have found “the pearl of great price for which we will sell everything we have in order to purchase it”.
I also know it’s hard to let go of beliefs like you have. I had them too. And still have some lingering. I’m trying to grow out of them.
I started writing a blog in the very early stages of my growing into this. So, my journey out of pain and into peace/joy is chronicled and documented as it proceeded athttp://www.betterthanexpected2013.wordpress.com.
If anyone finds this path, and if they are a deep thinker as you are, there will be many questions that conflict with what we have believed that need to be worked through. I”m doing that now.
God – Teaching me these things has been the best thing that’s happened in my life. Better than finding my wife. Better than giving birth to my children. Better than starting a company and selling it to Microsoft. Thank you. I needed it so bad. I’m a happy man today. And I think my next 20 years (what I have left) will be great. I hope I can help others to find this pearl.