Mark's Faith

The world is full of the wonder and beauty of people, places, and things. Each of us are blessed to live on this beautiful Earth. Each of us is a unique and special creation of the true master artist, the Eternal Father who created, loves, and values each of us very personally.


My dad taught me that “If everyone in the world would live their religion, the world would be a loving and peaceful place”. I encourage everyone to be true to their faith, whatever it may be.


My faith is in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and the Savior of the world. Christ taught in the Bible that the first great commandment is to love God with all your heart, might, mind and strength. And the second is like unto it, Thou shall love thy neighbor as thy self.


It seems to me that we can’t go wrong by living these two commandments. And yet, I am aware that there are some who feel “commandments” limit their freedom and thus God is trying to control them. This is just a lack of understanding. The truth is that God is the one who “gave” us the agency to freely choose for ourselves. It is extremely important to him that we are free to choose. He is the one who blessed us to be in this world where we are enticed by both good and evil, right and wrong. The Devil can not force us to be bad, and God will not force us to be good. Truly we are free to think, desire, and choose what we want. What a great personal responsibility freedom is. There is no blaming the other guy, and there's no blaming God.

The sticky part comes in as we realize there are consequences for our choices. Joy, blessings and positive growth for good choices. Unhappiness, misery, and a lack of positive growth with bad choices. God wants us to learn, develop and grow in good ways that will bring us joy. He gives everyone the Light of Christ so we each can discern between good and evil.

 

He knows we are in an evil world (a place the Devil can tempt us and strive to make us miserable), and he knew we would all sin and thus be unworthy of his presence. Therefore, his plan of happiness provided a Savior who would suffer for our sins. Thus he made repentance possible so we can overcome our sins and bad desires etc... The joy from this cleansing can bring us to sing the song of redeeming love, and thus become grateful to Christ for getting us out of the messes we get ourselves into. This helps us to appreciate and love God.

 

As we learn from the pains and sufferings of our past mistakes, and from feeling God's forgiveness and love we can come to appreciate, forgive, and even love ourselves. This good gift from God can lead us to feel compassion and forgiveness towards others, and thus come to better love our neighbor.


God’s way is freeing, not controlling, it is loving, not damning. The worth of souls is great in the sight of God. He loves you, he loves me, he loves us all. We are all children of God and he loves us. He is our Father and our friend. Let's take him by the hand and be good friends.

 

I know this can be difficult, that life is often hard even when things are going well. But it is worth it. It’s worth giving this love a fresh try every day. We can read his word, we can talk to him, and we can try to do good.


If you have lost touch with your faith or are seeking a new solid foundation to build your life upon, I recommend the gospel of Jesus Christ.


The following link will lead you to information that continues to bless my life.
thechurchofjesuschristoflatterdaysaints.org


God bless you.