This I Believe

Matthew - Saint Joseph, Missouri
Entered on June 29, 2007
Age Group: Under 18

I was born in a very small town. Every person in the town new each other and were all close friends. There were few beliefs that had more than one opinion in town. For the years that I lived and grew up in this town those beliefs were strong and supported by all those around me. For me especially by beliefs were strong and had no chance of changing, partially because my father is the town minister. These beliefs are all rather simple, the Bible is Gods Word not just good stories, Jesus is Gods son, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are one God not three, and the only way to heaven is to believe that God the Father sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to live and die under the laws of man, so that he could live the perfect life so that he could take the sins of the world, and so that we could live eternally in heaven.

Unlike in the small town in which I grew up, many people do not believe the same as I do, as I found out after we had moved to a much larger city. I was suddenly having to defend my beliefs to most of the people that I met. Some realized that we had different beliefs and did not press the matter, others how ever continuing to argue every belief down to the last detail. Over the years I have managed to plant the seed of the Holy Spirit in people and have brought them to Christ. I better not hear anyone say “ I found Christ” or “ I found God” because he was not the one who was lost in the first place. I did my best to get along with those who did not believe knowing that if they did not believe when they died, they would burn in an eternal fire never to go out, and that is very hard to do if you really care about them.

My beliefs are very strong in me and always will be no matter what others say or do. Some people think that if they talk fast enough they can get me to change, some say “ My church is more fun,” but I am more interested in eternal life in heaven than having more fun on Earth and spending eternity in Hell.

If this essay offended anyone I apologize, but I not worried about offending anyone when I am being honest.