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If I followed the teaching of Baha’i would I need to change my lifelong relationship with Jesus? I wonder how can I, as a lifelong Christian, focus my prayers from Jesus to Bahá’u’lláh?

No, because the Bible says that as a born-again Christian, I am a new creation. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!,” 2 Corinthians 5:17.

Before being saved, I cussed like a Marine, because, well, I was an active duty Marine for 10 years. In those days, bullets bounced off my eyeballs and recruits cringed at my very presence; even the sound of my voice.  But I feel that as a Christian, cursing does not advance the cause of Christ, and it would ruin my personal testimony. After all, how could I profess to be a believer in Christ if every other word was an obscenity?

At first, it was a challenge, because after 10 years in the Corps it was almost second nature, but now, I can't even stand to hear cursing in movies, and often turn them off because of it.

James 3:10 says that “Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be.”

That's good enough for me.

 

Joe Newby
Joe Newby
Joe Newby is an IT professional who also writes as a conservative columnist for Examiner.com covering politics, crime, elections and social issues, and offers hard-hitting commentary at his blog, the Conservative Firing Line.  

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