I Don’t Often Speak of my Faith February 9th, 2016 2:10 AM
The next Facebook post I made was intended to care for the many people I know with a faith background that is Christian oriented.
Some of those people would have pain* attached to that faith background and when they learned that Zayne has passed away, their faith would be challenged.
*Pain – In my past I worked full time for more ten years as pastor and I have planted (started) three churches and I have worked for as a chaplain in a Portland rescue mission and homeless shelter and I know first hand that Christianity has F- ed up a lot of people and a lot of people who believe in and love Jesus, have been hurt by Christianity.
Thankfully, it is Jesus who is “The Way, The Truth and The Life” and not Christianity. I have often told hurting people with a Jesus centric faith background to not let Christianity keep them from Jesus.
The Christians with a “solid faith” would be okay, my pastoral heart wanted to care for those whose faith might be shaken by this tragedy.
I have since heard from a number of people who saw this particular facebook post and were helped in their Jesus centric faith journey by it.
Here is what I wrote, and below the words is the photo I posted with them —
“I don’t often speak of my faith.
While I am not that fond of Christianity, I do believe in the Jesus of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
I don’t think that you need a particular religion to connect with Jesus. In my opinion, It is Jesus (not the religion of Christianity) who is “The Way, the Truth, and the Life.”
Tonight in the face of intense grieving I take great comfort in the words found in knew .
In my opinion, some day in the future there will be a new heaven and new earth and as the Bible promises – there will be no more “death or mourning or crying or pain”.
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”