Dear friends, I wish all of you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.
The year 2016 has been an important one for me as I’ve finally mustered up the courage to open my own website and test my skills within this jungle we call the internet and see if I have what it takes to survive.
I feel fear.
But after reading a magnificent post from Mike Cernovich of Danger and Play about fear and how it can cause you to lose momentum I’ve decided to acknowledge my fear but forbid it to impede me on my journey.
Fear can be my companion but it can never be my adversary ever again.
I will simply not allow it.
How can I?
For after reading the Bible, I’ve become much calmer as a person.
Yes, I have, finally read it, and I have a confession to make.
A confession I do not wish to make days before we celebrate the birth of Christ but one I will have to make, lest I lie before one of the holiest of days.
It took me over 20 years to read the Bible.
In fact, I did not even read it.
I’ve listened to it.
I feel ashamed.
All of my life I’ve received gifts on Christmas, ate like a pig on Easter, but I’ve never actually, earnestly, followed the way of a Christian.
- I did not always believe in the Lord.
- I worshipped graven images or likenesses as seen on television.
- I’ve taken the Lord’s name in vain.
- I did not remember the Sabbath day and almost never kept it Holy, unless forced by my parents.
- I did not always respect and honor my father and mother.
- I’ve never hurt anyone but there were times where my emotions wanted to take control over my judgment.
- I’ve never committed adultery though I lusted after women which were not mine.
- As a child I’ve stolen things, stupid things, which did not cost much but I wanted to prove myself in front of my friends.
- I did never bear false witness against my neighbor though sometimes I did want to when we were in conflict.
- I’ve coveted – too much for far too many things.
Lord, please forgive me.
It’s not a pleasant thing to write about your own faults but at the same time it is… cleansing.
The words act on my soul as droplets of ice-cold mountain water washing the dirt of my body.
I am the same and yet I feel like a new person.
I am neither a Bible-thumper nor a born again Christian.
I judge like all do, but I do not condemn.
As Mike Cernovich says: ‘You do you and I’ll do me.’
I do not even consider myself to be a true Christian for my beliefs are a mixture of Christianity, ancient philosophical schools such as stoicism (Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations and Cicero’s On Duties as translated by Quintus Curtius) and Eastern philosophy.
But I believe every Man and Woman should read the Bible at least once in their lifetimes, preferably multiple times at differing points in their lives, cover to cover, slowly, from Genesis to Revelations for it is a book that can, and will, help us navigate through our confusing World.
I will not get into pointless arguments with people who bash the Scriptures on principle for most of the time they have never actually read them or did but could not see the worldly wisdom contained within, especially the Proverbs of Solomon and the Ephesians.
As a Christmas gift I’d like to share with you my favorite Bible passages which I always remember during difficult times when I face daily challenges or challenging people.
If God be for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. Matthew 7:7
Whosoever shall say unto this mountain, be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Mark 11:23
Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Joshua 1:9
This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14
The things which are impossible with men are possible with God. Luke 18:27
Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you. Matthew 5:44
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27
Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. Mark 11:24
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. Proverbs 3:5
I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:10
Confess your faults, one for another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:16
The kingdom of God is within you. Luke 17:21
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 11 Timothy 1:7
He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he. Proverbs 16:20
They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him. I Corinthians 2:9
Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee: He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. Psalm 55:22
I wish all of you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.
I care not what your world views are or your religion – all are welcome here, for I believe our destination is the same, just the paths we’ve taken to get there are different and it is our duty to help each other out.
But my site will operate based on respect and gentlemanly manners which means in order to be respected you will have to respect others and treat themselves like you would want to be treated yourself.