Answering your questions about faith (pt 2)

Hey guys! First, thank you for sending in some questions about faith and God! I know that sometimes it can be confusing to know the answers to some specific questions about faith. I spent some time researching and reading into your questions, so hopefully this post can be helpful to you guys! Also, remember that I don’t know everything and some of these answers are my opinions, but I tried to back them up biblically as best as I could!

What lead you to God? Were you raised in a Christian house?

I was raised in a Christian household! My family raised me talking about God and believing in Him but we were in and out of churches, so I wasn’t fully surrounded my a church and other believers. What ultimately led me to God was kind of through quarantine. I was struggling with a few things and I decided to turn to God on a whim. I always believed in God, but I used to not read my Bible or pray a whole lot. I started Bible journaling and sharing pictures on instagram and it slowly turned into something great!

How do I deal with insecurities?

First, I want to say that you aren’t alone. Literally everyone deals with insecurities! The first thing that I tell myself is that God created me the way that I am. You are so perfect in His eyes which is why He made you the exact way that you are. We know that God’s work is perfect, so stop tearing yourself down. I also tell myself that our appearances don’t matter. 1 Samuel 16:7 says, “But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” Lastly, after both of those things I try my best to ignore them and get them out of my mind. After all, we have more important things to dwell on!

How can I grow in Christ and be emotionally mature?

I would answer both of these questions with emersion in His word! In order to grow in Christ we need to know His word. You may already read your Bible, but study it and memorize it! Learn about God, learn about the history, pray, spend time with God daily! This will also help you become emotionally mature. When we know God’s word we are able to combat any emotions that aren’t from God with scripture. Not only just knowing God’s word but practicing it as well. Ultimately just making it the foundation of your life.

Why don’t we follow the rules of Leviticus?

This confused me a lot as well! So, Leviticus and a lot of the Old Testament talks about a lot of laws and rules that people then should follow. Things like burn offerings, things we should and shouldn’t eat, tons of different offerings, etc. People who aren’t Christians tend to read this and say that Christians pick and choose which commands to follow out of the Bible, but that isn’t true. The Old Testament is extremely useful, however the New Testament and Jesus fulfilled the laws in it! Jesus came to fulfill the law because we would constantly fall short if we tried to follow all of the rules and commands of the Old Testament. The Holy Spirit is now in us and we aren’t under the rules spoken about in the Old Testament. Matthew 5:17-18 says, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.” So, basically Jesus fulfilled all of the rules/laws in the Old Testament which is why we don’t have to follow them!

How can I tell someone that lgbtq+ is a sin, but in a kind and loving way?

That’s a great question and one that can be kind of a sensitive topic. What helps me is thinking of it like any other sin, lying, lust, idolatry, etc. We all have our sins that we deal with. Obviously we shouldn’t hate anybody who sins, whatever the sin may may be. We sin every single day. If you want to talk to someone about it, I would not be too pushy. I’m not sure about what situation you are in, but I wouldn’t recommend bringing it up straight away. Mention your faith and let the Lord work in their hearts. I think it would be better to wait a while instead of bringing it up right away and scaring them off, you know? I know that with a lot of people in the lgbtq+ community think of Christians as judgy and mean people. So ultimately just showing them love and explaining Jesus’s love will introduce them to faith. If this person is already a Christian you could bring up the verses that talk about it.

I know that zodiac signs aren’t good, so why do we use enneagrams instead? They seem similar.

So, if you don’t know, zodiac signs are not something that Christians should be following. The Bible warns us about that sort of thing in Deuteronomy 4:19 and Jeremiah 27:9. I would say that there are significant differences between zodiac signs and enneagrams. First, zodiac signs are a form of divination and look to the stars as a way to know the future or something about yourself. Second, enneagrams are just analyzing your answers to a quiz in order to tell you more about your personality. I don’t think that there is a definite answer to this question, but it’s something you should pray about. I would warn Christians to look at your intentions behind using it though. We shouldn’t look to things like this to determine our personalities or how we should act. Our identities should be found in Christ, not something like this. I know some people relate to what type they are and just find it funny. It really just depends on your intentions and if you feel convicted or not.

Are pants a sin?

The only verse that some use as an argument is Deuteronomy 22:5, “A woman must not wear men’s clothing, nor a man wear women’s clothing, for the LORD your God detests anyone who does this.” Again, this is in the Old Testament and needs a back story in order to make sense. No one even wore pants back then, so this verse was only referring to the fact that men and women should dress different/according to that. There is no mention of pants being a sin in the Bible. I know some people choose not to just because of modesty which is their own personal choice. Personally, I wear pants and I feel as though they are definitely modest and not a sin 🙂

How do I choose a church?

It definitely took me and my family a long time to find the right church. We wanted to find a local church that fit us right. I would just say visit several churches in your area. Maybe ask your Christian friends where they go. I would recommend looking into the different denominations before choosing a church. I went to a few different ones before we settled on the one we currently go to. You want a church that follows the Bible, is a mixture of young and old people, worships God and is centered on God!

I’m someone who was raised Christian, but I don’t know the Bible well. Where do I start?

That was where I was at a couple years ago! I would recommend finding a Bible study method that works great for you and is enjoyable. I really liked Bible journaling, so maybe try that! As far as reading the Bible I would say definitely start by reading the Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. These will teach you all about Jesus’s life and help you get closer to Him. I would also say to purchase a Bible study or check out the website Enduring Word. Both of these will give you some guidance and help you understand the Bible a bit better. I have a couple Bible studies linked in my Amazon Storefront and I have a blog post for people who are just starting to read the Bible 🙂

Those are all the questions that I can answer today! Hopefully this helped some of you! Thank you for reading and don’t forget to subscribe to my blog. You can also follow me on Instagram where I post more Christian content. Have an amazing rest of your day 🙂

-Briana

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