November 1st, 2002

A Pocket Full of Murder

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Oh, I like this week's Friday Five. Right up my theological alley. :)

1. Were you raised in a particular religious faith?

Hm. I'm going to be picky and say that I believe it's not possible for a person to be raised in a faith, only around it. Either your faith is a matter of personal conviction, or it's no faith at all. That being said, I was certainly raised by parents who loved God, trusted in Christ, and believed the Bible.

2. Do you still practice that faith? Why or why not?

I made the decision to trust in Jesus Christ as my Saviour when I was still a child -- not because of pressure from my parents or anyone else, but because I realized that I was a sinner and that I needed to be made right with God. I was ashamed of a great many selfish things I had done that I knew were wrong, and I truly believed that I did not deserve to go to heaven and couldn't possibly make it there on my own. Twenty-odd years later, I've still found no cause to regret that choice, or any reason to believe I could have made a better one.

3. What do you think happens after death?

Hebrews 9:27 puts it better than I could. I don't believe in reincarnation, nor do I believe that death is the end. I believe that each one of us will stand before God to give account for our lives.

4. What is your favorite religious ritual (participating in or just observing)?

The Breaking of Bread (communion) is particularly special to me. On weeks when I am really prepared to pay attention to the hymns and prayers, and am not too tired or distracted to concentrate, the remembrance of Christ's death is very meaningful.

5. Do you believe people are basically good?

I believe we were created good, and that we have great potential for good, but that we (myself very much included) are corrupted by a sinful and selfish nature. We live in a fallen world -- which is why we need Christ.

So there you have it.