“Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13 (NLT)
A year and a half ago, I discovered something I had been searching for my entire life without fully realizing.
Growing up, I wasn’t raised with a specific religion or spiritual belief system, and only went to church a handful of times. With or without religion, I still learned from good old television and pop culture that religion and God in general were very one-sided and oppressive. The clichés always played out in one form or another: “God hates fags,” “Sex before marriage is a sin,” “Abortion is murder,” etc. Because of these statements, I internalized, as many probably do, that my spiritual identity—my true self—was wrong, sinful, not worthy or accepted by God or in any church/spiritual type community. All of these ideas morphed into this massive wall of negative self-projection…
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