Trigger Warning: Religious/biblical/spiritual
Coming out to a faith community a year ago, as well as to family who is religious over two years ago, I was met with some disdain. While exposing myself to people I loved was freeing, it was also the hardest thing I've ever done. The juxtaposition between the lip service to love, and actions that were unloving was completely jarring.
Many friends and family let me know, without doubt, how they felt about me, and they used Jesus and their own theological beliefs to do it. One time I was told mockingly, after a long conversation about theology, "Well I guess you don't believe in absolutes then," my family member inferring that based on our conversation, I must disagree with their own belief that God made Man and God made Woman, and no other options for existence are possible.
The statement made me pause, and after I left the conversation (incidentally the last time I saw this family member), I had to reflect. Do I believe in any absolutes? Especially when it comes to God and faith?
I grew up understanding the world in absolutes; black and white, right and wrong, and as I've grown and changed, this understanding has also grown and changed. After reflecting for a while, I wrote this response to my family member, although I never sent it. Since then, my own faith has morphed and changed, and I have been on a journey, but I still believe that Jesus has something to tell us about ourselves and about Love. I wanted to share with you what I wrote.
Do I Believe in Absolutes?
"In response to your question about whether or not I believe in absolutes, upon further reflection, I would say that I do.
● God is an absolutely loving creator (1st John 4:8, Genesis 1)
● Humans, part of God’s creation, are created absolutely good (Genesis 1:31)
● God will absolutely capitulate to creation’s view of God, however narrow or full that
view might be (1st Samuel 8:7)
● God absolutely enfleshed God's self in Jesus to attempt to show us God's nature clearly. (John 3:16-17)