I did something not many people do. I read the Bible for myself. All the way through. Three times in a row. And I didn’t see any truth to some of the things I’d been taught my whole life.
So as a matter of personal integrity, I did a 180.
I changed a lot of things— my behavior, politics, attitudes, beliefs. I realized that the Bible, and the God presented in it, are not nearly as judgmental as the church folks I knew. And there aren’t nearly as many rules and regulations as those church folks think. God doesn’t care if you drink, dance or play cards.
He does care about how you treat people.
Jesus said there are only two rules: Love God. Love others. And all that means is, acknowledge that the universe revolves around something bigger than you, then act like it. Be humble. Be kind.
You don’t have to go to a particular building on a particular day to read a particular book or sing a particular song.
You don’t have to believe in some airy fairy version of heaven. And you certainly don’t get to condemn anyone else to a fiery never-ending hell. It’s not your call.
You don’t have to stuff God into a three-sided manmade box. You don’t have to get dunked underwater in front of a hundred people in a see-through white robe. You don’t have to wear ankle length denim skirts or homeschool your kids or blow up abortion clinics or vote republican or condemn gay people for wanting to raise a family.
“What does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” —Micah 6:8
Daily Prompt: Tell us about a time you did a 180 — changed your views on something, reversed a decision, or acted in a way you ordinarily don’t.