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Thank you for your concern for my soul.

Thank you for your concern for my soul.

Thank you for reaching out to me, exhorting me to “return to the gospel” and to “repent of my sins.”

Your fervent pleas, so heartfelt, only further me on my path.

I follow a Jesus who isn’t prepackaged. I follow a Jesus who offers the Word, instead of lines from a script.

I’m sad to report to you that your message to me reads very harshly. I’m pretty certain that it wasn’t meant that way. I’m pretty sure that you are motivated out of your idea of love. We have to gather in all the lost sheep, after all. We are taught this.

But your words remind me of the times that members of my family tried to shame me as well.

That is what this is.

It is the same as a parent yelling at a child, telling her loudly and firmly that she doing something wrong. They feel that she is doing something so wrong that it is essential to stop her right then and there, before she wrecks her life. They do this out of love, they think.

It is the same as a well-meaning aunt or brother calling the wrath of God down on this same child, for different reasons, for many years. These same people change wills to benefit themselves. These same people lie to get their way. These same people manipulate with other abusive weapons.

God and Jesus should never be used as weapons. They should never be used to abuse another person.

I offer you a new way of understanding God, and Jesus, and the world. I offer you a new way of interacting with them.

I invite you to try to see your words from the perspective of the non-believer. I invite you to see how throwing Bible verses at them does not lead them into the fold, but turns them away. It turns the bread of life into a stone, the same stones that were meant to stone the adulteress. Instead of feeding, your words condemn.

I invite you into an understanding of God as the source of love.

I invite you into this love.

God first spoke to me when I was twelve, standing in my back yard. God has spoken to me many times since, and everything He has told me that was going to happen has happened. I have wrestled with this knowledge, knowing that it is unusual.

Yet I stayed away from Christianity for a long time because of people exactly like you, who made me feel shame for who I am. I stayed away from Jesus because I couldn’t see him for the Christianists who stood in His way.

I invite you into a new relationship with Jesus, and God. I invite you to discover Jesus by serving Him, by finding Him where He is hiding in plain sight. I invite you to find Him in the soup kitchen, at the tornado site, in the mall. I invite you to find Him while you are teaching a foreigner how to read our language. I invite you to find Him while listening to the heartache of a stranger who has been excluded from church.

I invite you to discover the joy that comes from letting God work through you.

I invite you into a relationship with a Jesus who loves all, serves all, and died for all.

I invite you into a bigger love.

This path isn’t paved. This Way is narrow and hard to see. It is a beautiful journey.

I will pray for you, as I hope you will pray for me.

I wish you peace and blessings on your journey.

6 thoughts on “Thank you for your concern for my soul.

  1. The concern is justified. It appears you are picking and choosing a Jesus and God of your own making, one that pleases your flesh. One that is ultimately Satan. I pray I am wrong.

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  2. Our concern for you is justified because what you’re saying is not at all what the God of the bible says. Instead, you have made a god to suit yourself and your own subjective way of thinking that is contrary to biblical truth.

    The cross is offensive to self righteous people because it proves that we are all bad people who deserve to be killed and sent to hell because of our sins that are against a holy and just God. Non-believers are already condemned because they haven’t believed in the name of the only Son of God (John 3:18). It’s not because of what we’re telling them; it’s because they’re dead in their sins and won’t choose the love of the truth so that they may be saved. They love their sin and won’t let it go. The same thing happened when Jesus spoke to mulititudes of people about Himself; they, too, turned away from Him (John 6:35-66). Was He wrong?

    You’re telling us that we should stop it with the bible verses and instead, listen to you and walk on the path you’re on. But the path you’re on is the wide road that leads to destruction.

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  3. You keep saying things that are not the words of a Christian while still saying you are one. Those who contradict the Bible and make up their own idea of what Christianity and Jesus are, are not Christians. You are influencing people with this blog and you are doing it under the guise of Christianity. We cannot stand idly by and allow you to do this. We are pleading with you to become a true believer in the Jesus of the Bible. Please repent and put your faith in Him alone to be saved. At this point, you have made it abundantly clear that you are not a true believer in Christ. You are a false convert who shows disdain for God and His Word. You are proclaiming your own ideas and works. This is self righteousness. Humble yourself and see your true state before God. You will have to face Him and give an account. Will you be in your sins still or in Christ on that day?

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  4. I read the last post and all comments and now this post and all comments. My concern is that you yourself admit that you have not read all the Bible. How can you know the Word, God, Jesus and what it means to be a Christian if you have not read the entire book? I am not saying I have read it all yet either. I am working my way though it all and doing deep studies as I read it. And I too fall short of grace too often. I’m not perfect. But, Jesus is working on me. And a lot of that comes by reading and studying scripture. I just don’t understand how you can know enough to be preaching (which is what you are doing) and yet admit to not wanting to read anything but the part that please you. I am not even going to comment on if I agree or disagree with you. I just pray you will go and start reading all of the Bible and not try to build your own ideas based on only part of it. God Bless.

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