Hey bud. You asked me if I would still say I’m a Christian if I had to go through the horrible experience the kids at the college in Oregon did. There are also many of our brothers and sisters in the Middle East facing this question every day. Here is my answer:
I can’t say I would have been as positive about it a few years ago, but here is why I am so confident now.
1. My faith is strong. I have been studying The Bible for about 2 1/2 years now. I have learned a lot, and I am sold on Jesus. I know he would help me answer “YES” under any circumstance.
2. I have no regrets in life. Although I have had some setbacks along the way, I have lived my life to the fullest these last few years. I have mended relationships and I have shown everyone I love exactly how much they mean to me.  I have told you most everything you need to know; and what I haven’t told you, I have left for you in writing. I feel good about the example I have given you to follow.
3. To be persecuted or even martyred for loving Christ is to be blessed. Many people have died in the name of Jesus. Many more will die in your lifetime. The Bible gives us many examples of the past as well as truths about what is still yet to come. Read it and find comfort.
4. When I die, I get to go to heaven!  I get to meet Jesus!  I get to see all my lost loved ones and worship God in his true temple. Heaven is so much better than this place. I would much rather be there now, but God has a plan for me here. He isn’t finished teaching me what I need to pass on to you.
Yes, I would miss you for what would only seem like a blink to me,
because I know together we will be chillin for eternity!
I love you son!  Don’t be scared.  Lean on Him always and your courage and strength will be strong.
2 Timothy 3:12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,

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