It’s time that we admitted that there are no substitutes for some things. Everything is NOT the same.
Oxygen is one of them. Yes, there are clear gases that might look like oxygen, but you wouldn’t stay alive very long if you tried to breath them.
Water is another thing for which there are no substitutes. There are many clear liquids that might appear to be water, but only water can save us from dehydration.
I’m tired of hearing people say that it doesn’t matter which god you worship, or even if you worship a god at all. I’m tired of watching people that I care about substitute other things for the ONE TRUE THING while slowly dying inside.
I’m also tired of hearing people say that the only benefits to believing in the One True God come after death. In past four years I’ve lost both of my parents and right now one of my closest friends may be dying due to complications from Muscular Dystrophy.
How do I get through it all? It’s because I depend on the One True Thing just as I depend on the air that I breath and the water that I drink. It’s the One True Thing that sees me through each and every day. That’s what keeps me from losing hope.
A former coworker has struggles with many things in his life, but he doesn’t have the One True Thing. How does he deal with it? He drowns his problems in ice cream and beer. (Really!) It would be one thing if that approach worked, but it doesn’t. He is not a happy person.
Note: I did change the paragraph above on 08-30-07 to refer to a specific person as an example, which is what it was meant to do. I considered changing parts of it to “they” in case he reads this post and recognizes himself, but I don’t think he will. Somehow it got jumbled and part of it was “he” and part was “they” when I originally posted it.
Yes, I’m talking about my faith in Jesus Christ. He is the One True Thing!
In the United States people have the legal, moral, and ethical right to choose to believe whatever they want. I support that right and would even make sacrifices for it. However, just because we have the right to choose our belief system does not mean that every belief system.
Put another way, the right to choose our belief system is the right to make our own mistakes. However, just because we have the right to make our own mistakes, don’t buy into the idea that everything is exactly the same. There is only One True Thing!
Accept no substitutes!
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