The problem with free advice is that there are consequences and even casualties.
There is no areas where free advice is more dangerous than on the subject of religion. Everybody has an opinion and everybody is an expert. But if the advice you are getting is wrong and you lose your way, the consequences could be eternal.
We are all influenced by people around us, parents, peers and public figures. Some people are so eloquent, so confident that we expose ourselves to danger. Who can you trust? Here is a little verse in the Bible that may help you. Isaiah 30:21, “…your ears will hear a voice behind you saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”
The key is to listen to God’s voice, not man’s.
P.S. When it comes to eternity be careful for false prophets and passionate electioneering.
The Bible is divided into books, chapters and verses. I wonder if you know which verse is the shortest verse in the Bible. John 11:35. “Jesus wept.” This verse expresses such powerful emotion. It does not say that Jesus cried or shed a tear. The word “wept” is full of emotion that is seen if someone is sobbing uncontrollably.
These two words give us the heart of Jesus. Not a creator watching from a distance, not some impersonal force that does not feel our pain.
You and I may not understand or fully appreciate God’s involvement in our lives.
Jesus cares about every person, even you. He knows your heartache. He feels your pain, he sees your tears.
Yes, without exception, every one of us from time to time, may feel that no one cares, no one loves us. The link between God and yourself is seen most clearly in these two words, “Jesus wept.”
Imagine how different the world would be if we could feel each other’s pain to the extent where we could sob for people we don’t even know.
P.S. Religion is not defined by sympathy but by deep empathy.