Being a Christian is a choice yet not an easy one as many may have declared. Before I give reasons for taking the trouble to become a Christian, I will first outline why I believe being a Christian is not easy.
Christianity has some standards and failing to meet them by the slightest of error disqualifies the believer. This calls for the believer to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and correct the error, failing which face the very serious consequences. I will start by listing some of the requirements that are really not easy to meet and then given the justification of keeping on even when it is not easy.
Jesus Christ had a lot of questions to answer to people while He lived in this world. He still is giving answers to people’s questions even today. I have written an article addressing the question on how God speaks to people today. You may read the article ‘How does God speak to people today? If you have a question, you can get a response directly from Him.
In the Gospel of Mark 12, Jesus is faced with Sadducees where He has to give answers about the resurrection. They wanted to know who among seven brothers would a woman whom they all had as a wife belong to after this life. They thought there is a marriage life after death but only to learn that this is not the case. Jesus’ answer unveils a lot of heavenly secretes that compels the Sadducees to stop asking. I will focus on Jesus’ declaration that God is not of the dead and term it Revelation 2, which is supported by that when we die we are given bodies similar to those of angels, which I categorize as Revelation 1 in the next section.
Jesus lived in this world for more than 30 years and He knows how it feels to be tempted because He also was tempted but He conquered. Hebrews 4:15 says, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet he did not sin”. Jesus is our advocate to God the Father and He works through the Holy Spirit who helps us in our weaknesses (Romans 8:26 – “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses”).
God’s judgment is coming to all the living. The dead already know about their position. The reason to worry over this is because the only instrument that shall be use is the Word as recorded in the Holy Bible. Therefore, not reading and doing what the Bible teaches has a lot more to it than being lazy to read it. Everyone has himself or herself to blame if they do not know the laws of God as recorded in the Bible. This is one book that is widely available in many languages and sometimes with different version in one language. It does not cost a lot and often a free one can be secured if you really can’t afford one.
This is one of a very important yet personal post I have posted in this blog. This message is directed to each and every individual that shall read it. I invite you to consider this message as one of a kind in your lifetime.
Since our forefathers lived, the message of Jesus’ second coming has been given urgency by those that share it yet it has not proven to be as urgent. This is what today’s generation could be saying. This would not be surprising because 2 Peter 3:4 forewarns us about such grumblings. St. Peter then reflects back to what happened in the time of Noah when Noah was the message barer of the flood that God would soon send. The story of Noah is recorded in Genesis 5:32 to 9:28. It looks like this world awaits the same destruction but it will be through fire this time.
This could be your question too. There are so many verses that tell of the soon second coming of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ Himself mentioned this in Mark 1:14 when He said that the Kingdom of God is near. In Hebrews 10:37, the bible tells us that He who is coming will not delay.
Christians know this one thing that God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are one. Therefore, who Jesus is, so God is and the same is the Holy Spirit. God or Jesus or the Holy Spirit is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). What God did in the very first book of the Bible, the third chapter, is evidence in our time that what God says He will do He surely makes it happen.
Living in this world exposes believers to lots of temptations. This is not surprising because Jesus Himself was tempted and the lesson we get from His case is that He conquered. Temptations will come and they do come to everyone but how you respond to them is what counts the most. Jesus is our example.
Some temptations overcome us because they point to our most wanted desires. In earthly terms, it wouldn’t be surprising for a believer to give in to temptation because he or she will receive a million dollar handshake. Similarly, if what you were to cover some area that would take you lots of resources for a sinful shortcut, you’d find some believers falling for that. Scenarios of such nature differ and there is no one way to explain this.
Selfless according to Google default search results means being concerned with the needs of others than with one’s own; unselfish. This is what Jesus is for man living in this world today. Many times Christians deceive themselves to believe that they are highly favored than none Christians when it comes to Jesus’ love.
The first thing that everybody, including Christians, should know is that Jesus does not like it when we compare ourselves with respect to doing good before Him. His parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector in Luke 18:8 give a clear position on people that trust themselves to be righteous. The moment you start to compare yourself with others and put the Bible as your yardstick, you are exactly like the Pharisee in this parable who Jesus disqualified.
This analogy is meant to clear the cloud on the humanly made idea that there are many ways that lead to the same God. Even when Jesus has said it clearly that He is the only way to get to God (John 14:6) but people still don’t want to accept that truth. Unfortunately, you first have to make a relationship with Jesus Christ before you can access God. Rejecting this truth does not change it but only defines the person that objects to be a fool. God cannot change His truth for anyone’s comfort, it does not matter the reasons.
Next I will quote an analogy that was given by Bill Wiese when sharing his testimony of a visit to hell. This analogy was precise and I wanted to re-share it in this blog and I’m sure it will be helpful.
The truth is not easy to define as some may think yet it is one of the major Christian doctrines that are highly compromised. However, comparing the truth with its direct contrast may shed some light into what it actually is. Error, lies and darkness are good examples of what the truth is not. They are irreconcilable enemies to the truth.
The Bible talks a lot about that which is truth and that which is not. I would like to start with the declaration of the model of Christians, Jesus Christ Himself. Jesus Christ declared that He is the truth (John 14:6). He did not say He was part of the truth neither did He say that He speaks the truth, but He is the truth. This gives us insight to that truth is not of man but from God.
Sunday is a day you should dedicate to God as much as you can. Your Sunday could be a Saturday or any other day but that day should be the one you dedicate to God. Please note that when I say Sunday, I mean that a particular day you have chosen for God in your life. This means that on this day you are not expected to participate in most of your normal activities, particularly those that involve working and cash transactions (except for offerings and specific charitable works).
Jesus did permit for urgency matters to be attended to on a Sunday. In Luke 14:5, Jesus asked a critical question that has been greatly misunderstood, leading many to overlook the commandment to keep the Sabbath holy (Exodus 20:8). Jesus said, ‘Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the Sabbath day (KJV)?’ None would give a different answer than to say they would.
The Christian that still deceives himself or herself to believing that God will ignore or overlook, understand or reason with him or her, tolerate the sins they commit will get a shock of their lives when one of the two, death or the second return of Jesus Christ, happens. We are patiently awaiting the return of Christ yet we know that an earlier option is death, which should also be gain to the believer. We are called to holiness.
There are many secrete sins and worldly tolerable sins that some Christians do, some are done in the secrete and others in full view of others, but I will stick to what the reference scripture for today says;
I don’t know when Google removed the dirty image search results but one thing I know is that you wont get it through Google search now. Before Google made this adjustment, you could search for anything absolutely not related to nudity, sex or anything of that sort but get a number of explicit images and photos with your search results.
You will notice that your image searches are now cleaner than before. Even the searches that you would expect to be a little compromising wont bring the nasty images. Google is helping me (and you if you are a Christian) as a holiness pursuer stay away from related temptations. This move helps the many people that are battling to overcome the spirit of lust that comes with watching perverse content online.
The Bible tells us that Adam and Eve were warned by God that they should not eat from the tree in the middle of the garden because if they do, they will die. The Bible says the serpent was more cunning than any other beast such that it managed to convince Eve to eat from the tree (Genesis 2:1 – 7), against God’s command. The serpent said that they will not die but they will as wise as God, knowing what is good from bad. Eve then influenced Adam to do the same.
The Bible does not say Adam and Eve or one of them died afterwards, a question that has left many thinking that the snake spoke the truth and God spoke a lie. These people forget that the serpent did not say that they will realise that they are necked. Nakedness is uncomfortable and makes always want to seek cover, exactly what Adam and Eve did after having eaten from the tree. This may not necessarily be the death God was talking about here but the alienation from Him and His will.
Jesus Christ is a perfect example on forgiveness. The Bible in 1 Peter 2:21 – 23 tells us that Jesus Christ is an example to follow in all He did. Indeed Jesus demonstrated how Christians should live and forgiveness is no exception. Forgiveness is one scarce quality that we are all called to have.
There are countless examples of situations that we may think are not worth forgiving to the offenders. I discussed a similar topic with a friend recently and he revealed serious instances that the victim may find himself or herself justified not to forgive. I’m sure you can think of instances where you or someone you know did not forgive and you thought it was right to do so.