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veryone seems to "know" what Christianity is, but few can agree about how to live it. It's easy if you follow the original model, Jesus; it's easy to get off base if you take your focus off of Him. Much of what people think is Christianity is really religion. There is a difference. If you are not sure what the differences are, I suggest you read my article True Verses False Christianity, and then return to these pages to learn how to live a healthy and productive Christian Life.
onfronted by a robber at knifepoint, I was scared. He told me if I didn't do what he said, he would kill me. "Kill me?" I thought. I replied, "You can't kill me, I am already dead. I rebuke you in the Name of Jesus." When he came at me with the knife, without thinking I grabbed his wrist, and he pulled his hand and knife through my clenched fist. Both of us knew I was probably cut to the bone, but when I opened my hand I had not a scratch. "See, I told you so," I said. The man ran away in fear. If you are in Christ you are already dead, your life hid with God, death has no hold on you, no need to fear it. John 6:39-44; 11:23-25; Rom. 6:2-11; 8:10-11; Col. 3:1-4.
I have a very strong belief system; I know that I know that I know I am in Christ and one day shall be with Him, reunited with those I Love who also Love God. For you, the Gay Christian, death is but a vacation, long for us yet alive, short for those already with Christ. For you, the Gay Christian, death has no sorrow, no loss or regrets. Death is our enemy, but a defeated enemy. Yes, death hurts, we grieve for the loss of those we love, but we rejoice they are in Christ, healed, without pain or sorrow, and we shall one day be with them together with Jesus, in joy, hope and Love. I Cor. 15:51-58; Phil. 3:10-11, 21; II Tim. 1:10; Heb. 2:14-15; Rev. 14:13.
When Jesus departed for Heaven, His followers stood around staring at the sky. God sent angels to tell them to get on with their lives, reminded them Jesus would return in the same manner He left. Someday this Age will pass, God's plan complete, and Jesus shall come back and a New World shall come; you shall not live forever in Heaven, God desires us to all be together in the New Creation. Though you have a God who has a throne and crown, God calls you friend, giving you crowns. Acts 1:9-12; II Cor. 5:1-8; I Thess. 4:13-18.
You shall receive rewards for what you do in this life. Though she lost her family to the Nazi, a Christian woman, Corrie Ten Boom, traveled the world to tell people about the God of Love. She showed me a cross-stitch pattern she was working on, said she wasn't very good at it. The back was full of knots, missed stitches, places where she jumped around, but the other side was beautiful. She told me we often see life as full of knots and trials, missed opportunities, worries, regrets, but God sees the other side and turns every stitch into something beautiful. On this side you cannot see what you shall become, you know only in part, but one day you shall know even as you are known. One day you shall be reunited with Loved ones, receive your rewards. Job 19:25-26; I Cor. 9:24-25; II Tim. 4:6-8; James 1:12; I Pet. 5:4.
My parents often traveled, and when traveling I often did not hear from them for several months. When they got home, or finally around to telephoning or e-mailing me, we both got caught up on what each other had been doing, what had happened since we last heard from each other. Now, both of my parents are deceased. When first my mother died, and then my father, I did not show very much emotion at their passing. To the ministers officiating at their funerals, and to my friends and family, they thought either there was something wrong with me, or I was trying to be stoic, brave and not cry or something. In actuality, I did not feel much of anything because I did not see their passing as a loss. Often, I think reactions to death, especially of parents, spouses, or family members, as sometimes being rather selfish... "what they have done to me," "leaving me behind," "abandoning me," etc. Naturally, you miss them, but you should not be unable to function without them. If you think this way, this may be a clue you need to work on self-independence, self-esteem, self-actualization, self-love, and self-acceptance. Instead, I saw my parents passing as being similar to when they were on vacation and traveling; they are just "away right now," and down-the-road, someday I will catch up with them, and we will have fun times sharing what we have all been doing, and has happened since we last saw each other. My faith in Christ, knowing that death is not an end, NOR is it a permanent separation from other people, is so strong that when confronted by death, I neither fear it, nor do I give it any recognition or acknowledgement, feed into its need to be in control, to make me weak, helpless, needy.
God sent the Son, Jesus, as a Man, so through death He might bring eternal life to all who believe in Him. Jesus, the last Adam, restores what was lost through the Fall of the first man, Adam, in the Garden. God sent Jesus to die on a Cross so you can spend eternity playing frisbee with God. How can I say such a thing? We have a God called "ABBA," meaning not "Daddy" but "Da-Da." Jesus said, "Unless you become as a little child you shall not see the kingdom of God." I plan to play hopscotch with God, watercolor and play chess with my grandparents, and sit on Jesus lap for years. If I die before Jesus comes back, my son shall miss me for a few years, but he and I shall be together again, forever exploring, learning, sharing and creating. Rom. 8:15-18; I Cor. 15:20-23; Gal. 4:6-7; Heb 2:7-11
Death is not the end for you, the Gay Christian, a continuation of that which was begun when you became part of God's Family. You have a God whose Arms are around you now and shall be around you the day you cross over to the other side; you are never alone, ever surrounded by a great company of believers. You have an eternity ahead of you. For now, live the twenty-four hours given you each day, and in every hour Love, even as you are Loved. Rev. 22:1-21.
est assured my Gay Christian friend, God does love and accept you. Through Jesus, you have relationship with God forever; you can skip, jump, play, chat with and love God forever. You can also do the same in this lifetime, too. Now, go outside and play; have fun.
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