The Holy Bible has always been my benchmark for Faith. I studied the parts that pertained to my thoughts and belief in the truth of The Word given us and historical record passed to us in each generation. Many times I heard it from people who never took the time to think. Thankfully the Lord gave me insight to believe; the depth of passing down the names of family with such run ons as “begot” again and again was often pointed out to me as wasteful and time-consuming boredom by social friends. But to think it squarely, one putting himself in the days of old–it was the importance of life-giving as God touched man and woman’s soul. It was family and then families. The Word passed down the value of family and historical union of human experience. It is one of the few things that breathing beings have in common.
Life has never been kind to Christians, Jews, Muslims or other religious members. Each has throughout history been tormented, beaten, murdered, or turned into slaves. The human race saw such misery as witchcraft and demons during the middle ages where people were burned at the stake or hung for social crimes that bore little or no semblance to facts– all in the name of religion. Even though territories and lands were separated by oceans or great distances in travel among populated areas, many of the people of the Earth were hospitable to strangers. It was a way for having social awareness among people. It was the news of travel that brought joy and effective communication in human language and thought.
It was the Christians who founded settlements and cities through most of North and South America due to discoveries by the Spanish, French and English explorers. Christian missionaries were largely responsible for bringing both the message and various diseases to the Atlantic shores. The cry has always gone out for conversion of people to Christianity in the Americas; it is too bad that the Europeans lacked the moral fiber of enriching the populations with Christian righteousness. In those early days of exploration and development of settlements from the 1500s through the 1800s, the inhumanity of man reached ever new levels of torment, brute force and thievery mixed with a good portion of murder and bringing about slavery. Still, despite this wave of evil that swept the land, the goodness of people of Christian faith eventually won out. That was the history of Christians the world over–persecution to triumph. And that was entirely due to the character and integrity of the Christian family.
Well, folks. That is the way I see it. I am sure it was formed from my upbringing and slowly developed belief in God’s word. Perhaps it will give you some food for thought. Amen, and Amen.