Before I go right into this post, I need to say something and I know that most people are going to possibly get offended and send me hate mail. But I will not care.
I would just like to say that this post is a response to Jessa Duggar’s post on hell, sinners and judgement. I believe in God. I practice Kabbalah, which in fact is part of the Judaism faith. But unlike Jessa, I constantly question everything. I want to learn more about my faith. I question every part of it, even if I get thousands of weird looks.
I grew up in a Baptist home, reading the bible with my grandma and sometimes going to church. I was always the type of person who thought that I didn’t need to go to a church in order to be close to God. In fact, I have always thought I could spend my time out in nature or even in the comfort of my own home to be close to him. And personally for me, It’s a thousand times better than going to a church. Besides believing in not going to a church to be closer, there was another reason why I would not step inside a church: everyone there would judge me. No, I was not being paranoid. I saw the looks on their faces, the way everyone looked at me when I had entered the nave. They would even look at me when I started questioning things from the bible and why God would do so many horrible things when he had supposedly loves everyone. Not only that, they would give me dirty looks when I started to defend the LGBTQ Community. So this started to push me away from the churches and retire to my home and practice Kabbalah, an esoteric method of Judaism, which is where I feel more at home.
So I would like to share a few verses from the bible.
Proverbs 6: 16-19
There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him; haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a great that devises wicked plans, feet that make hate to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.
Time and time again, these keep showing up in the bible. I can tell you right now that everyone, and I mean everyone, even the most religious families like the Duggar’s sin. They are not the most innocent people in the world. I’m not perfect. I’ve sinned in the past. I have seen some things that I wish I had never seen, but I have learned from my past sins and moved on. Why? Because Jesus died on the cross for our sins and loves me no matter what.
1 John 4:7
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.
Love one another.
Simple as that. Do I need to paraphrase it in any other way. No? Good. Who are we to judge someone else’s life. We do not have the right to judge anyone. I know that I do not have the right to judge another person. If a person is gay, then I love you anyways. I don’t care about your sexual preference. I care about your personality and heart. If you have sinned, that’s okay, well, not fully okay. But I love you still. Everyone sins. It’s human nature. But we must learn from it and move on. Jesus sinned just as much as we did. He got drunk off of wine, “hung out” with prostitutes, spent a majority of his time with sinners. Not only that, Jesus loved everyone. Loved every soul.
And he still does.
If a person doesn’t believe in hell, then to each their own. You have the right to believe in that. I have no say in what you believe. I, however, do believe in hell, just due to my own experiences. But I can honestly say that, I’m not going to judge you like most people would automatically do. I’m going to embrace you in my arms and show you compassion. I do not get the say if you go to heaven or hell, that’s God’s call. I will however show you the love that you deserve. Agape. Universal love. That’s what everyone on this earth deserves. Not to be judged. But to be loved.
For the record Jessa, you have no right to say that whoever does not believe in something will go to hell. You don’t know the relationship between God and the other person. You don’t know the trials that the person is going through. That person might be sinning but God still loves them regardless. There is a place for everyone.. everyone in heaven. Don’t just assume that someone who sins or doesn’t believe in certain things is going straight to hell. The bible can be interpreted in any way. You may think it is saying one thing, but another will look at it differently.