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Faith Comment published in the Petersfield Post

14 March 2018 Stephen Field, The Salvation Army Petersfield

A cold snap

As I write this article, we are in the middle of a cold snap with a threat of snow. I sometimes feel that the Christian Faith is in a similar place. The general attitude towards the Christian Faith seems to be going through a cold snap, even though Christianity started most things that we now take for granted today. Schools were started by the Church to educate children, the first Job Centre (Labour Exchange) was started by Church back in the late 1800’s and the values that we live by in this country are widely based on the morals that are laid out in the bible.

For me, living as a Christian from a young age has been a very positive experience. Whilst I have had many experiences that have enabled me to see what life could be like without my Christian faith, each time I have been so grateful that I discovered what I consider to be the ‘true purpose of life’ at such an early age.

What I generally find is that most people who I speak to are happy with the values of Christianity, but don’t particularly want to be a part of the organisation that promotes and upholds these values. Nor do they want to be told how to live their lives, rather choosing to find their own way in life, bearing the consequences that come their way.

My hope is that spring will once again return to the general attitude that many have towards the Christian faith and will once again explore the positive message that it has for this life and the next.”

The next PACT Prayer Day will be held at The salvation Army Hall on Wednesday 28 March from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm - all are welcome to pop in at any time

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