Brother Ron Barnes
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Is Your Belief a Conscious Choice?
Dear Brother Ron
I always wonder, did you choose to believe in whatever god you believe in,
or is it that events in your life (experience, ideas, thoughts, discussions
etc) have led you to believe as an inescapable result of those events, and
you choose to adhere to the religious structure that is built around that
god (i.e. religious observances, rituals and so forth)? Can you understand
that events in non-believer's lives (or believers in different gods) have
led them to whatever conclusions they have come to? nobody "chooses" to
believe (I hope).
So, with that in mind, was your belief a conscious choice or just a result
I guess my belief is a conscious choice resulting from my experiences. I was
raised by staunch Southern Baptist parents. I have always been interested in
music and, at the age of 14, I began playing professionally in clubs. The
Southern Baptists decided that, since I was playing in (gasp) bars where
people were (gasp) dancing and (gasp) drinking, I was not a good Southern
Their rejection led me to a journey of discovery where I researched the
Bible, the Koran, the Bhagavad Gita and other religious works. My study lead
me to the conclusion they were all talking about different aspects of the
same God. I have now formed the Open Gate Ministry, which is open to all who
seek a deeper love and understanding of God.
I personally follow the teachings of Jesus, who taught about a loving
heavenly Father who has a part for all of us in his eternal plan for the
universe. I do not, however, adhere to a dogma of thou-shalt-nots and
eternal damnation. Our Father is not an idiot. He is not a homicidal maniac.
And He is not bound by our limited understanding of time, space and
probability. I spend a lot of time trying to explain to people the
difference between the real God and the condensed version served up be most
Hope that helps.