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    What Do You Really Believe In?


    From an early age, my beliefs have played a huge part in my life. Raised a Southern Baptist, every Sunday morning various notions of the divine nature of God were indoctrinated into me. I still remember staring at the magnificent glass stained windows that lined the church walls, or Poor Man’s Bible, to help envision the episodes from the life of Christ that were being taught. I was searching for a way to somehow visually tie it all together.


    During the oftentimes-fiery sermons, the congregation was held spellbound while being instructed to develop a personal relationship with the one, and only, true God that revealed himself to mankind through a trinity – the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. More importantly, Jesus Christ was the Son of God and that only through him could one obtain eternal redemption and salvation from sin. The Holy Bible, God’s revelation of the principles by which he judged us, was to be regarded as a divinely inspired guidebook. It held the standards by which we should conduct our lives and was without error. If not followed, the Devil, a rebellious fallen angel, and the personification of all evil whose purpose was to tempt and deceive mankind, would lead sinners away from God and righteousness. Heaven and Hell were more than concepts, but real places to work for or be feared.


    For a long time, the things that I learned as a child led me to turn to God during times of tribulation. Whether it was with moral dilemmas, issues with personal relationships, or something I was in need of, through prayer and unwavering belief, I found comfort in knowing that I had unconditional support from the other side. God had my back. 


    As I grow older, I realize that many of the beliefs that I held contrast strongly with the modern world. God, Heaven, and Hell aren’t things discussed outside of church walls and certainly not around the office water cooler. In America, these days we learn that it’s often better to keep our beliefs to ourselves. Although many continue to search for their true purpose, and many still struggle with what they believe may lie beyond this life, belief has ultimately become more personal.


    However, in a world of over 7 billion people, one thing that unites us all is a belief in something.


    Have you ever wondered what your purpose is, or what it is that unites us as human beings? Often, through sharing our different experiences, we learn more about our own spirituality, and ultimately, its source.


    What do you believe in?


    Damian McKnight

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