I'm just now finding this area of the forum and this thread. Please forgive me in advance for my probably very lengthy post as I suspect I'll write a lot.
I'm a "Christ-follower". I was raised in a Christian home and attended church twice every Sunday and on Wednesdays too. I graduated from high school and went away to a Christian college where I met my husband and we got married after that first year.
I do believe that the Bible is the Inspired Word of God and I do believe that Jesus Christ really is the Son of God and came to earth to die for our sins. For one thing, there is a lot of historical references that prove that much of what is in the Bible is true.
But I also believe this because of my "experiences" as a "Christian" - how I have seen God work in my life over the years. Time and time again I've seen prayers answered - sometimes yes - sometimes no - and sometimes wait. Later on, looking back, I was able to better understand those answers.
I also believe that as a Christian, I need to be ready to share about God and Christ with others. Does that mean I should push it down their throats? Of course not.
But if I asked you where was the best place to eat in town - you'd give me an answer - right? Well - if someone asks me why I am happy or why I have a sense of peace about life even during the tough times - my answer has to do with my faith and I will share it.
Do I attend church? I haven't in a while but we are switching to a new church and I hope to go more faithfully.
Do I read my Bible every day? I used to and want to get back into the habit.
But I know that my life is not based on a religion - it is based on a relationship and that relationship is not with a church but it is with God and His son Christ.
I hope that as folks have interacted with me on the forum, etc. they've come to see me as someone who would try to follow Christ's teachings. I know at times I've whined about things or gotten frustrated - but I pretty much try to ask myself how He would act on this site if He was here. He wouldn't hold himself aloof - He'd be helpful and try to be a blessing.
That is what I try to be.
If my post was "too much preaching" - I apologize as I didn't write it to offend anyone.
I've enjoyed reading all the various posts and the beliefs, etc. etc. It has been very interesting and I've learned a lot. To be honest with you, I'm 51 and I honestly didn't know much about Muslims or the Muslim religion till we moved to Washington, DC shortly before 9/11. I had no idea they were the second largest religion or whatever the comment was.