reply to post by KaelemJames
My passion is to live, walk as close as I can in Christ. Even though I believed that I knew Christ, I only realized over the past 2 years that I never
did, as I thought I did. It took me months to get a spiritual awakening, +- a year of spirtual growth, with sweat and many tears of weakness. Still
growing, still battling, still weak at times, but I persevere, and at times I don't know how I make it through.
Without getting into personal religious discussions or distinctions, I want to say that I admire your committment and perseverence a great deal,
especially reading your descriptiveness of what a struggle this has been, as it is, for many. I respect your passion for choosing that path to walk,
and struggling to stay on it, for it is not an easy journey.
It may sound silly to many. On the 17th of August 2012 I had this overwhelming feeling of love, peace and joy. I cannot explain this joy, i have no
words to justify the feeling I had. All I know it was so pure, perfect perfection which dwelled inside of me. But, I knew it was from our Father.
Impossible to explain and prove it, I know this. But, I know the truth.
I, for one, find nothing silly about what you are describing, and have deep respect for what many would term your "awakening to the holy spirit
within you." I also respect your knowing this truth; however, I would say to you it is your truth, and a highly personal experience. What I mean
by this I will explain further when I quote the last of what you shared about your passion in and for living, and your way of connecting with that
And so this counts as a passion, too, i want for everyone to experience this, hence my participation in many religious discussions. I know I have my
foes, but I don't care. If i can make one person experience what I had on that Saturday one year ago, it will be worth having angry non-believers
The passion you are describing here, I think, most Christians would describe as "witnessing," to help others find the same within them, and choose a
similar path to provide them the joy and acceptance you have found within you. But I don't know you can "convince" someone to find this within
them.... Not that I argue with the general idea of witnessing to a committment to God and his Holy Spirit, because there is much here that gives many
purpose and connection with and to living to being the best people they can be in this. But discovering that within yourself, I am not so sure can
come from anyone convincing you......
I only say this because my belief is this discovery is meant to teach us more about ourselves, and guide us, without feeling the need to convert
others. I only say this because many see this belief structure in organized religion, whichever one it is, as a major factor in concquering and
dividing the human race, fighting wars, and unnecessary bloodshed. Not that I am saying you should not be helping to guide others who are in need,
however you see fit. But it's always something to be careful with.....
Just my opinion, and no matter my own, I respect your's and appreciate a great deal your thoughtful reply to this thread, and hope for you and others
that you can provide or help guide others to this comfort, and acceptance, as I recognize the place you are coming from is a good one: wanting others
to feel what you felt that gave you peace and a way of life that provided you purpose and passion, and love.
Thanks again for your comments here.