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I Am Saved

I became saved at the age of 9 and it was the best decision I made in my life.  God has led me through my life and He is there when I need him most.  I look back and see the miracles that I have had in my life because of giving my life to Jesus and trusting Him.  I know people think that they are far from perfect for God to ever love them but the thing is, if you were perfect, you wouldnt need Him and that is impossible.  That is why I am born again, I am far from perfect and that is why I need God in my life. 
Valentine Valentine 26-30, F 23 Responses Sep 18, 2007

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thank you

That is ok, no reasons are necessary. That sounds good. I will do that for you, my dear.

thank you :) and don't forget, not only do other people worship differently, some people don't even worship<br />
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Also, regardng my beliefs, if you want to pray for me there's a simple way to do it. Don't ask for anything, just send out good feelings, no message, just emotion. and don't send it to your god, sed it straight towards me, or simply out into the world. just some thoughts. i'm not sure if i should go into my reasons as some christians might be offended

Ya I can understand how you feel based on your beliefs. Thank you for sharing that with me. I will keep that in mind and try to learn more about other people's beliefs so that I respect their boundaries. We believe that prayer is such a positive thing but we must also remember that other people worship differently to different gods and we should respect that too. :)

aslong as we're speaking openly, my reasons for not liking when people pray for are based in my own spirituality. I believe prayer creates waves of energy, and when energy and magic is being worked around me, I like to have control of it. I do not want it in the hands of someone else's god. in particular, many christians have offered to pray for me to 'see the light', and that kind of pray bothers me the most. the ideaof people praying for me to stop being who I am, it's distubs me that people do this and think they're doing a good thing

I don't mind... If it'll make you feel better, I'm fine with it. I won't tell someone not to pray for whatever or whomever they want. This is a free country.

I can understand that Angela. It is good to be open about stuff like this because I did not realize that some people would not want to be prayed for. I just never thought of it that way. I would not want to upset any of my friends, including you!

that's good. i grew up around christians who insisted on praying for me to 'find the light'. one of many things that has made me distrustful of 'born again' christians. i don't hold my past experiences against other christians, but I am cautious around them

Well he did not tell me not to. If he does not want me to, then please tell me so drcynic.

i think it's wrong to pray for someone if they ask you not to. But I find most christians have no problem with it

OK understood. I will, however, continue to pray for you whether you like it or not. Why? Because you are my friend and I really care about you. Please refer to my blog, Prayer For A Friend. Thanks.

Valentine, it's good we can discuss this, yes? I like talking about our expiriences and beliefs... I enjoy the discussion with most people who remain calm and don't turn it into a war. It's not something to be warred over. <br />
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I just have never felt anything from or for a god. It's just how my life has gone. I've learned self-reliance. No one was ever going to help me or save me. I had to do it myself. <br />
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I think though, knowing myself, if my girlfriend or wife or whatever felt that way, I would only do what I know how to do... I would compete. Personally, I don't like being told that someone can do something better than me, especially if I feel I'm good at it... So, if it were me, I would end up forcing a competition with god, lol. I'm insane like that, lol. <br />
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I guess my own personality is contradict to what religion teaches. I just gotta play against the house.

Everyone has a different faith and different beliefs. When you feel alone and feel like you have no one to turn to, faith makes you stronger and knowing that God is there and he loves you makes you feel like you are not alone. I speak from experience. There has been many times I felt alone. When my parents were inside the house screaming at each other, I would go outside and sit in the woods. I would cry to God and talk to him. He always helped me through my most difficult times and he still does. Yes it is nice that I have a boyfriend but it is God who is my ultimate love. No one could ever love me more than he does.

I was raised as a Jehovah's Witness as a kid. I didn't really have a choice in it. When my family broke up I decided not to continue with religion. I was about 9 years old then.<br />
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It's been a huge problem in my family. My father is still deeply religious, but the rest of the family aren't.<br />
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It's very difficult to pick up religion when you've moved on. I don't agree with everything the church says, but I respect people's beliefs and the strength that their faith can give them.

I used to be part of a church that failed for political reasons. It was because of the people that the church failed, not God. Remember that even though people have a higher place in a church, it does not make them free from mistakes or more perfect. You must put your trust into God, not man.

I know a great deal of loving without being loved in return... That's been my whole life, really. I will merely explain my side is I am a true cynic. I am a natural doubter. I had more questions than the churches wished to answer. I also left for political reasons. I don't regret it because I don't believe I have to answer to anyone. That would include an angry god... Besides, with or without religion I was still the same bitter, miserable son of a b*tch I am now, lmao.

Great thread. I am forever amazed that God loved me that much. It is awesome to know that my eternity is secure. Thanks for the story. Hugs, CMR

Yup it is very true. I am not going to preach to you about being an athiest because I respect other people's beliefs. I will just say that yes God gave us free will but he loves all of us and he would love it if everyone would come to him but he even knows that is not going to happen unfortunately. It is sad. To love and not be loved in return. Even when he gave his only son to die a horrible death for us so that we could go to heaven. All we have to do is accept that gift. It is amazing that we can be loved that much.

Well, that's one way to look at it, I guess.

Yes that is right. We all have our own choices. God gave us free will.

That's cool... You obviously made a choice that has given you happiness. I went the opposite way, in that I went from christian to atheist, but that's what life's all about. Choices that we make.

Ya I did not grow up in a christian home but what kept me going was my church family. I went to church without my parents. I know that a lot of people, including my bf, say that you don't have to go to church to be a christian. Technically that is true, you don't but I have the desire to be around other people who share my beliefs and love God too. It is easier not try stray away too. I love my church family. They are the best family I ever had.

It's great that you have your faith. You always sound excited about going to church and all the social stuff you get to do there :)