I am so sorry to hear that you feel this way. I have had very low points in my life where I didn't see how I could go on. Sometimes we get caught up in our darkest thoughts and dwell there. I have said many times over the years, "I will not live here". Meaning I refused to stay in the emotional place I was in. It is not an easy road but it is a road we can smooth.
I agree with Skip Miller however that getting involved is so important! The more we change our routine and get into new ways the better. When we serve others we also start to find purpose and create new friendships and bonds. Whether it is through volunteering somewhere or just visiting others at a nursing home or holding babies at a center.
You didn't mention if you are still attending church. If you are, I hope you will talk to your pastor or those attending with you. It is important to have people in your corner who you can talk to and who can pray for you.
Remember, God is there for us, and by following the lead of Jesus Christ we can find peace. I will be praying for God to guide you. Please don't isolate yourself, get out there and get involved!
You are quite correct, we are all sinners and fall short. Jesus did eat with sinners to show we should show no hate and be willing to help such people learn the truth. However, if the sinner is unwilling to try to change or accept the truth scripture says we should walk away from them (1 Cor. 5:11) and not be unequally yoked. (2 Cor. 6:14)
I know this is an old post, but I wanted to reply to it. I did take a personal stand here, but as the title says it is why "I wouldn't be voting". I explained my view on it and passed no judgment on others. Now as we pass another election and the results come in, I still believe that God has put up who he wants in office to continue His plan.
I an the same way, although I am getting better. I always believe people are honest and good, but I have been burned a couple times.
Thank you Steven! You make a good point about activism.
Thank you, Steven. I love your line either they will learn or you will. I appreciate the feedback.
So true Doug. We see often in scripture that leaders can be evil. We are told to accept them as leaders and be subject to them, that God places them in their positions. (Romans 13:1) However, we should still not follow them down an evil path. We see this example set by Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, as well as Daniel. God has a plan and sometimes He allows evil to reign for varying reasons.
May I suggest you read this article which may answer your questions.
I understand your stance on calling things pagan, but honestly, if it isn't right why would you do it? Matthew 5:18 states: "For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one: tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled." That's pretty plain to me. The law says to keep the Sabbath for instance. Does that mean if I keep Sunday it's okay because I mean well? I think the law is pretty plain.
If I keep Christmas, clearly not a sanctioned day to honor God is that okay? Again I think not. The commandment clearly states to not have any foreign gods before Him. (Exodus 20:3) Shoving a holiday that is filled with rituals to honor foreign gods fits right into that idol worship as far as I am concerned. Even if someone keeps Christmas without belief in God does that make it okay for those who do have faith? That makes no sense. If you want to stay close with family and friends you can do it on Thanksgiving or during one of God's appointed Holy Days instead.
As for your comment about Paul and the Jews, you said it yourself. It was the traditions of the Jewish people that were to be stopped not the commandments of God.
I am glad you enjoyed the article. We all fall once in a while, the point is too get up and try not to do it again. :)
Hi Val, I have had a chaotic year and I realize how easy it is to be distracted. Our faith is most tested when we are at our lowest points.