Religion — a Baptist perspective

Patricia Reed

Baptist Collegiate Ministry President

NSU Student

 

Religion.

When I used to hear or see this word, I thought the wrath of God, you do good deeds and you go to heaven and if you do bad deeds then you go to hell.

This was my viewpoint on religion for about half of my life. It wasn’t until I came to college that I fully understood why God sent Jesus to die on the cross for me.

It wasn’t just to say that I was wrong and that I am going to hell for all the things that I have done. It was deeper than that.

John 15:13 reads, “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” He died and took the punishment of my sins to have a relationship with me.

When He died, He did not leave me alone. He left a gift inside of me – the Holy Spirit.

John 15:26 reads, “But I will send you the Advocate – the Spirit of truth. He will come to you from the Father and will testify all about me.”

Once I realized this, my life started to change. I began to walk differently, talk differently and think differently.

Yes, life happens, and things do not always go smoothly. It is easier to go through trials and tribulations when I know that the Holy Spirit lives inside of me.

Christianity is not just a religion. It is a relationship with Christ.

His story has become the blueprint of my life and has encouraged me to love others the same. I believe in Jesus Christ because He did more than just impact my life. His story and act of love left an imprint on my heart.

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