Heather Gray

Flawed...but loved anyway.

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What I Believe

I have chosen to write in the arena of Christian fiction.  For that reason, I feel it is important to say, at least in part, what it is that I believe.  If you are reading this and want more information or have questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.  If I am not able to answer your questions, I will put you in touch with someone who can.

Before putting this section of my site together, I looked at many different examples out there on the web.  Some had "statements of faith" with language so complex that I was befuddled within the first three sentences.  This led to discombobulation, confusion, dizziness and...well, you get the idea.  I didn't want to do that to you.  People can make matters of religion and faith quite complicated.  I won't pretend that faith is always easy, but I believe with all my heart that it can be simple if we allow it.

Some people put their faith in other people.  People are imperfect beings, though, and they will ultimately let you down, even when they don't mean for it to happen.  Some people put their faith in money.  A bad turn in the stock market, a robbery, a raided retirement fund -- any number of things can happen to destroy your wealth, leaving you with nothing.  Some people put their faith in themselves.  You may have the best skills in the world.  You may be the smartest, fasted, strongest, best, most gifted in your field.  You're still just one accident away from being on life support, suffering brain damage, or being otherwise crippled and unable to feed, let alone provide for, yourself.  I have chosen to put my faith in Christ.  He will never abandon me, let me down or take advantage of me.  He is perfect and holy.  He is my Best Friend, the One to whom I can entrust all of me without any fear of judgment or rejection.  I both want and need Christ in my life.  Let me explain why I need Him.

God is holy.  People are not holy.  We all say, do and think " bad things." We at times behave in ways that are unkind, unloving or contrary to God's holy nature.  Those "bad things" are called sin.  Sin, because it is not holy, cannot enter God's presence.  Therefore, it separates us from God.  God's love for us is infinite, though, and so He made a way to bridge the gap between our imperfection and His perfection.  That way is His Son, Jesus Christ.  Jesus, being both God and human (that part's complicated, I know, but it's important), lived a perfect and sinless life.  Because Jesus had no sin in Him, he was able to pay the debt created by our sin, ultimately creating a bridge between us and God.

When we recognize that we cannot get to God on our own (we cannot be holy enough), we look to Christ, the bridge.  We say, "Okay, I'm not good enough to be in God's presence.  Jesus Christ, though, is good enough.  I want Jesus to save me and to pay the debt created by my sin (since I can't) so that I don't have to be separated from God any longer."  We accept Christ, allowing Him to save us (hence the name Savior) from a life of separation from God.  We commit to do our best to leave behind the "bad things" and to pursue a life of righteousness (aka "good things").

So now that you understand why I need Jesus in my life, let me tell you why I want Him (and God) in my life.

I believe that the Bible is God's holy word and that it is just as perfect as He is.  I won't pretend that I understand all of it.  (And I wouldn't believe anyone who says they do.)  I know this, though:  In the Bible Jesus tells us that we will have trouble in this life.  Being a Christian (or Believer or Christ-Follower or however you refer to yourself) does not mean your life will be perfect and without trouble.  Life will be just as hard for you as it will be for anyone else.  As a children of God, though, we are promised certain things.  Here are just a few:  God will never abandon you.  God will never forsake you.  God will never leave you to face life's troubles alone.  God will give you peace and comfort whenever you ask for it.  God will love you through every trial you face.  God will welcome you back with open arms anytime you wander away from Him.  God will be as much a part of your life as you want Him to be.  That's just the tip of the iceberg, but hopefully you can understand now why I want Him in my life.

In Closing
As I said, Jesus is my Best Friend.  If you haven't already, I hope that you will get to know Him well enough to decide whether or not you want Him to be your friend as well.  The offer is still open - ask if you have questions.  If I can't answer them, I'll find someone who can.