Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians Chapter 15 tells his brethren to continue to stand in the gospel that was preached to them and that they received, by which they were saved. He specifically says, “If ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.” How can my faith be in vain? Or how can my preaching or someone’s preaching be in vain?
I believe in one God. The God that created the heavens and the earth, when the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep (Gen 1:1-2). I believe in the God that is the alpha and the omega. Who is, who was, and who is to come (Rev 1:8). I believe in the son of God, Jesus Christ who came into this world as a babe and grew into a man, teaching about the kingdom of heaven, sacrificing his holy self for all the men and women of this world so they can have the opportunity to be one with the father.
When I was born (physically), like everyone else, I was sinful in nature. I was a daughter of Adam and even growing up in a Christian family, I only acted according to the law (rules). I behaved because my parents told me I would get punished (for the fear or getting my Barbies taken away or not being able to watch TV). But it was never my natural instinct to behave. As I grew, I was nourished with His holy word and I began to see this world as it really is, that behind everyone’s good intentions and actions (niceness as one may put it) only stands selfishness, greed, pride, and sprinkled on top… lust. Through time, man has learned to suppress these characteristics and put on a good face. But the word tells us differently, we no longer need to contain ourselves but be freed.
I began to BELIEVE. Believe in the true word. Not of more laws that I need to follow in this society, but of grace. Grace, that Jesus Christ came onto this earth, died for my sins and freed me from them. What does it mean to die for my sins? In the Old Testament the price for sin was death. We all deserve death for the deeds that we have done on this earth, but Christ paid that price, “having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness” (Rom 6:18). After Jesus’ death on Calvary, the cycle of sin ceased. In other words, a human can stop sinning. As Romans writes (6:7) “for whoever has died is freed from sin.”
I believe that I no longer live by the law of sin and death (Rom 8:1-2), but rather a new creature made in his image (Gal 6: 14-15).
I don’t have to live and force myself into rules and cages that society and religion has placed on me, but rather live my life as I am, because the savior lives within me, he is my conscience. He acts through me and is my driving force for all my actions. I don’t do “bad and evil” things because of consequences but because there is no desire in my heart. I am free from them. This is what Christ came to do, not to place a weight on our shoulders, but to change us.
I believe in freedom, grace, and salvation.