I look and I see: … Christians going to church only on Christmas and Easter, other going daily… Christians that are one person on Sunday and another on Monday… Christians, not going to church at all… Christians making war – hating, hurting, harassing … Christians not allowing others to “Be”… Christians thinking a liberal view on what the Bible says is normal and the rest of the people thinking otherwise are radicals… I see… a confused Christianity.
Let us look at it some more. If you are Christian… let’s allow God to correct us… if you are not Christian… perhaps behind all our flaws you will discover of who God is. Let’s read on.
Being a Christian who is living her faith for 12 years now, I have come across many of the above forms of Christianity… some of them were part of my life just as well. However why do I write? Perhaps I am fed up… perhaps only in thought… perhaps full of love. You decide.
Here some of the misconceptions and what the Bible says accordingly:
1. Christians have their faith only as a crutch in times of need.
Well… true that is. Many use their faith like that. However this is a misconception as soon as faith is being used as an excuse for faulty behaviour or lacking reactions. On the contrary: Christians should live up to the highest standards of all…being different…and yes, they do ask God about what to do and what not to do… but whatever they do they WILL be held responsible for it! Many times God asks us to be different (look at the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20 or at 1.Corinthians 13) and even if society would not hold us responsible – God does… even for our thoughts.
2. Christians say one thing but do another
TOO MANY Christians do exactly that. However the Bible clearly states in James 5: 12 ‘But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation. ‘ We are called upon to be reliable with the highest degree of reliance. If you commit to do something… DO IT with all your heart and be diligent in it! We should bring BEST RESULTS in everything we do. For we do it not for men… but for God we work and do.
3. Christians are boring
Many are. Sorry to say so… . However a Christians life is as exciting as life can get! We have every genre of music with Christian lyrics… parties of true and pure joy… true friends… love without condition… exciting outreaches where by the grace and power of God people get healed… miraculously… blind see… crippled walk… dead rise… and mute speak… deaf hear… broken hearted become whole…and souls get saved. And all of these not as subjective experiences… but with lasting effects and medical proof. If your life as a Christian doesn’t contain this… speak to God about it. Christ means ‘anointed one’ … as Christians we therefore should carry the anointing Jesus had and signs and wonders should follow us.
4. There are less and less Christians in the world
Not true. Looking at Europe that impression might last. But looking at the world, Christianity is on the rise. Sadly persecution of Christians is on the rise too! In 2009 250 000 Christians died as martyrs for their faith. That is 3 every minute.
5. Being Christian is going to church.
Not true. Being Christian is allowing Jesus Christ to be LORD over every area of your life. Growing in intimacy and relationship to God on a daily basis. i.e. knowing God more today than you did yesterday and more tomorrow than you did today. As Christians we should not go to church, but BE the church. And church goes beyond a building… church is where you come in contact with the people that GOD created and loves… it is at your working place… at home… in school or kindergarden or university… at the market place… at the cashier when going shopping. And when coming together in a church service our mouths should be filled with testimonies of how God influenced the people around us through His presence in our lives… our mouths should be filled with the testimonies of signs and wonders and salvation…full of praise and awe for an almighty God.
These are only a few of many possible points of misconception. Feel free to post other statements and I will write on them as well.
As for you…that read the article and that does not consider himself/herself to be Christian… Perhaps you have become interested in knowing more…getting to know such a personal God.
The Bible tells us in Romans 10:9 ‘if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.’
Try it and experience God.