A School project in May 2010 in the  Bedford Area of Nova Scotia, Canada, by a 15 year old boy.

This I Believe

What is the purpose of life? I̓ve wondered that several times over the years.. When I actually thought about it, I realized that there is  nothing on Earth that̓s worth living for. The happy moments come and go, smiles fade, people are selfish. and. liars. There has to be a greater point for life than to please people and searching for temporary happiness. Thankfully I know what I̓m here for. There is  something out there worth living, and dying for. We exist to glorify God; He never ignores us, His love is unconditional and everything that we go through is in his control. All things come together for good. This I believe.
    
Take a look around and witness the beautiful valleys, breath taking mountains, rich sunsets over crystal water. I don̓t see how nature isn̓t enough to convince people that we aren̓t here by chance. How could we be? Nature alone is enough to prove God is real  I can̓t understand how people believe ‘In the beginning there was a Big Bang̓ over ‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.̓ The idea that there is a God who is omnipotent is just  more  believable than  random  particles colliding. I don̓t know why people are more inclined to believe that we are a product of chance when the Bible states that there is a God. God is in control. This I believe.
    
I believe the Bible. I believe that the Bible is God inspired and it truly holds the answer to yearning hearts. The  bible says that  God  sent Jesus to the earth to take the sins of man and die for them. I believe that Jesus came to earth, died for me and everyone else, and rose again three days later and is now at the right at of God in Heaven. Jesus is the  way to Heaven and there is no other way. Doing good  deeds is not enough. When you die, you will not come back as a tree or some sort of new person. When you die, you will stand face to face with God and he will hold you accountable for your sins. If you have not accepted Jesus, then you will spend the rest of eternity in Hell.  If you have accepted him then you will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. This I believe.

Say a criminal is face to face with a judge, and the criminal is sentenced to death. Someone walks into the court room and says to the judge, “1 will die in his place,” that criminal can either accept the stranger̓s request, or he can decline it and die for his actions. That̓s exactly what Jesus did for us. He came to earth and died in the
place of all our sins. All we have to do is accept. I believe that we will all stand face to face with God, and he will hold us accountable for our sins here on Earth. I̓m glad
to know that when that day comes Jesus will stand up for me and say “I died for him.” because I have accepted what he has done for me and I will enter the gates of Heaven on the day of judgement. This I believe.

You can say I̓m weird to believe what I do. Am I crazy to trust in something I can̓t see? Isn̓t that the definition of faith? People will judge me and hate me for my faith but that̓s kind of what I expect from them. “If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.” (John 15:19) I know that I have to make sacrifices in my life. Maybe I won̓t go to a party because I know that it̓s a bad atmosphere. So what? That̓s not really a sacrifice. It̓s common sense. Life will be hard, but don̓t you have to work hard for anything that is worth having? I know a lot of people out there wonder  how God could exist. I understand why they question him, but being where I̓m at I wonder, ‘how could God not exist?̓ There is a God. This I believe.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Blake Hogg  blakeh_iscool@hotmail.com   
 
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