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have a place in heaven, an eternal paradise for God’s children. It is extremely comforting to know that God will always grant us forgiveness if we ask sincerely. Another benefit of Christianity is the connective network of Jesus’s followers. Christians come together as a community to serve the Lord and spread the Good Word. Christians are always willing to help fellow people in need. Christianity provides its followers with a constant, strong family that will never abandon them. Something confusing about Christianity is the difference between truth and interpretation. All people have personal truths that they have established throughout their lives. 5
Therefore, it can be difficult to accept absolute truths, which are facts that are always true even with no context, of Christianity. “If truth is anything more than interpretations, people will be challenged to give up at least some of their personal desires in favor of living within reality on reality’s own terms. In other words, if people genuinely seek truth, then, at points, they will need to give up whatever they want the truth to be in order to embrace truth as it actually is” (Grand Canyon University, 2015).Christianity influences people in several ways, including thinking and behavior. With a faith based in Christianity, it gives people a spiritual foundation and moral guidelines to follow throughout life. Morals give people understanding of the difference between good and evil actions. Because humanity is given a purpose by God, Christians believe this and therefore live their lives trying to follow their purpose. Serving their communities, loving all individuals, and showing kindness and respect areall things that Christians try to accomplish. ReflectionI do identify as a Christian, although I admit I have not been living out the beliefs of my worldview recently. I have developed doubts about God’s existence. I was raised in a Christian household, and we went to church every Sunday, so I have a lot of knowledge about Christianity. A moral code was established in my brain from a young age, and it was based on what the Bible told me, what I learned in church, and what my parents taught me. Over the years, my monotheistic worldview has been held true; there is one God, the Trinity, who rules over his creation in a personal and relational way. I believe that it is impossible to be perfect, and only God is sinless. I view humanity’s purpose on earth as trying to embody what Jesus was like whenhe was flesh and blood. We need to live with kindness, humility, and respect towards others. Another purpose of our lives is to share the Word with others. I have struggled my entire life 6
with sharing God’s Word with other people because I am scared what they will think about me. My goal in life is to become extremely secure in my faith and then be comfortable enough to tell others about Christianity.