Stripped Of My Faith: Overcome By Both Sadness And Relief

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Trying to find where we belong

My husband has been searching for a church for us for quite some time. We were members of one in a nearby town until we questioned practices and were basically ostracized. This happened around Christmastime, when the church was planning activities to invite the public to. We thought that not doing all of the comfortable/typical/worldly Christmas activities would help us stand out as a church and do more for the Kingdom of God than decorating Santa cookies etc. The problem was, that the church leaders were not willing to let go of man’s traditions. They thought we were taking the joy out of life and being legalistic. We thought we were stepping away from the greed/envy/jealousy/stress etc. that the holiday season brings with it.

My husband has looked into so many different Christian denominations. Some are pretty close to what we believe and some are way off. Most recently, he has been looking into Judaism. Christianity hasn’t felt right, so he’s digging deeper into the roots of our faith. Jesus was Jewish, and followed the Jewish practices. Whether Jesus was or wasn’t the messiah, he was Jewish. If we’re supposed to follow him to the Father, shouldn’t we be following Jewish beliefs?

Worrying about what the right religion to follow is, has caused many sleepless nights for my husband. I am so grateful that he is our family’s spiritual leader, and that he really cares about our relationship with God. My constant prayer is for God to show us the path to follow, and how to be who He wants us to be. I think God has been answering my prayer through our religious transition over the past several years. We went from believing everything we were told to be true, to actually doing research and trusting our guts. When something just felt wrong we would do research and find our feelings to be justified.

Whether we convert or not, my husband found something very interesting in his research. He read about the seven laws of Noah. These Noahide laws are supposed to be a binding set of laws for the “children of Noah” which is all of humanity! These laws are said to assure those who follow them “a place in the world to come”.

Here is the list he found…

1. Do not deny God

2. Do not blaspheme God

3. Do not murder

4. Do not engage in illicit sexual relations

5. Do not steal

6. Do not eat from a live animal

7. Establish courts/legal system to ensure obedience to said laws.

We know we are far from perfect, but we are striving to be what God designed us to be. We want to set a good example for our children and set them on the right path. We don’t want to give them mixed messages, and confuse them about our faith. We are growing in our faith all the time, and learning new truths as we do. My oldest child is 12, and has experienced some changes in our belief system. I really want to find truth and our place soon, so the little ones don’t have to experience the confusion and stress of sorting through mistranslation, flat out lies and discrepancy.

A cruel April fool’s joke

This is just not right!

Seriously though, my husband had to drive to work in these conditions around 3:30 this morning. The roads had not been maintained well, and he went down a hill sideways in our SUV. He called me after it happened and I prayed right away to thank God for his safety. He still had quite a good distance to travel before he’d make it to work too, so I was a nervous wreck until he texted me when he got there. I’m sure the rest of his ride was stressful for him. Especially since the truck that was behind him when he slid sideways down the hill rode his bumper until he got to a passing zone. I don’t know what kind of fool would do that after witnessing what could have become a serious car accident. My husband was taking up both lanes of the road, so if anyone had been traveling in the opposite direction at that moment he would have hit them.

People are as crazy as New England weather! 

Update: My son measured the snow on the railing and deck. The railing had nine inches, and the deck had  ten and a half. The snow is still flying too. It’s a heavy, wet snow. Perfect for snowballs and snowmen, but my husband warned me that the snow thrower isn’t handling it well. 😦 He cleared a path this morning before going to work, but said the snow thrower was pushing it, so I will have to make multiple passes.

Evolving Faith

This blog was written by my husband. It shows how over time as we grow our faith and relationship with God our understanding of who He is, and who Jesus is may change. God wants us to know Him, and the more we read our Bible the more we will.

I know that the title of this blog contains the word evolution, but I’m not here to get into that. This is just a quick blog about changes in my beliefs over a relatively short period of time. A blog about creation versus evolution would just take too long right now so I’ll just leave […]

via The Evolution Of Faith — One of God’s Children Seeking the Truth