I have thought long and hard about this. Being a spiritual person, I do have faith that God will provide, but not to the point where I endlessly pray in hopes that I will wake up one morning with my bronchitis miraculously healed, a new home to move into, and more money than I could ever spend in a lifetime, and this may jerk a knot in some people’s panties, you’re stupid if you think faith works that way. Blind faith, not questioning anything in regards to religion, is dangerous and can lead to cults –no matter the religion- where people don’t believe in modern science and technology.
To me, having faith is like having a light in the darkness and knowing that all that happens to you, in a negative sense, will pass. Does this make me blindly move forward in life thinking that God will provide for everything in my life without me lifting a finger? No.
“But you’ve said you’ve let God handle things.”
Yes, I have said that, and I have said that when I know, no matter what I do in the situation, it is still going to go to crap, and need to let it go and move on. Life is too short to dwell on people who disparage you, who bully you, and who want to make your life miserable just to make themselves feel better. There is a time to fight a fight and a time to leave it, cut your losses and move on.
There are situations that will drive you insane if you let them, and you just need to walk away. Playing the “what if’ game is a mind game that we play that can leave a person a basket case if they don’t know how to take a deep breath and move along.
“But the Bible says to give it to God and ask Him.”
Yes, but it doesn’t say to sit on your butt and not do anything to improve your situation. This again, this is where blind faith does nothing for you. You can pray to God for guidance and help, but if you are not out there busting your butt to make your life better, it’s not going to happen. Wealth doesn’t magically happen, houses don’t appear out of thin air without mortgages that you can move into and never have to work to keep it. It doesn’t work that way.
Asking Him is fine, but you shouldn’t wait around looking for a burning bush for a sign. It’s not going to happen. Pray. There is nothing wrong with that, but you also need to seek help and advice from those around who have more wisdom about situations than you do.
“You don’t sound very Christian.”
Thank you, I never said I was. I am a deeply spiritual person who reads the Bible and looks to it for inspiration, but I don’t follow it blindly and go about judging everyone who isn’t Christian. Besides, Jesus taught The Way, and those who follow him are trying to be CHRISTian. Do you see the difference? No? Maybe I see the difference because I know I can’t be like Him. I am human. I stumble and fall on my butt often.
*GASP* Question God?
Yes, you don’t learn without questioning things, and people. If you have read the Bible, there are passages that are inspirational and passages that make you blink and read it a second time for the mere reason you can’t believe you just read that. You know what? People wrote that Bible. People edited that Bible, and they left out A LOT of stuff they didn’t agree with.
There is an entire history behind the Bible one needs to delve into before opening it and reading it. It has changed according to who was in power, who commissioned its writing, and thus, there is a lot that has been changed, left out, and not made cannon. I know. I sound cynical, but even in my faith, I know not to follow it blindly “into that good night”.
Until next time, God Bless