In our modern day and age many individuals view Christianity as an outdated and dead religion, filled with ignorant and close minded people who are prone to bigotry.
Christianity is the most popular religion in the world, so wouldn’t it be important to understand what it is truly about? Why are so many people basing their entire lives around a book that was written thousands of years ago?
Don’t worry I’m not going to scream in your face the words “Turn or burn”! I am not writing this with the expectation of fixing every problem in your life. I simply want to inform, and clarify any misconceptions, or assumptions made about the true meaning of Christianity.
So here’s the story
It all starts in the beginning. (Genesis 1) God created the heavens and the earth. He created man in His own image, and man walked with God on the earth. Earth was intended to be like our heaven, a place where man would live eternally with God. Adam (the man) was given dominion and rule over all things and God also gave him a helper, a woman named Eve. Adam and Eve were only given one rule, to not eat the fruit on the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Then one day a serpent comes along (Satan), who hates God, hates man, and wants to destroy them both. He tempts the woman to eat the forbidden fruit, convincing her that if she eats of it, she will become like God. Both Adam and Eve eat the fruit, turning their backs on God, and allowing spiritual and physical death to enter the world. (Genesis 3)
It is at this time we see that God, who is perfect, holy, and just. The God who cannot dwell with sin in any way, demands death as payment for sin (Genesis 3:21) (Romans 6:23). He uses the skin of an animal to clothe Adam and Eve.
As the story continues we see that God raises up a nation; one that is chosen by Him to glorify Him and to show His majesty to the world. He reveals to them a set of laws to abide by in order to live according to His will. He also reveals to them the methods they need to use in order to achieve forgiveness of their sins. Perfect, spotless animals needed to be sacrificed in order for God’s wrath to be poured out on them instead of God’s people.
There were annual sacrifices, quarterly sacrifices, sacrifices for the sins that they knew they committed, sacrifices for the sins that they committed that they didn’t know about, and the list goes on. It was gruesome, and intense, and seemingly never-ending. Animals were not a sufficient sacrifice to bear the sins of men created in God’s image.
There was also a promise. God’s people were promised to one day receive a savior, a king who would one day come and make things right. The Old Testament is filled with over 300 prophecies of this savior to come.
He does come.
The New Testament begins by telling us of the birth of a child. This child is conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of a virgin. Jesus Christ was and is 100% God and 100% man at the same time. He walked the earth, living a perfect and sinless life. He mingled with broken, poor, desperate, and sinful people. He was despised by religious leaders. He performed miracles and taught great things to his followers. He fulfilled every single Old Testament prophecy, making the evidence of His Lordship indisputable.
He was arrested, and nailed to a cross to die. He gave Himself over to be the perfect sacrifice for all of our sins against God. He took the wrath that we all deserve to be poured out on us, and He did it out of complete love for us.
BUT IT GETS BETTER…
Three days after His death on the cross, Jesus rose from the grave. He defeated sin and death, and he is our rock and our redeemer.
Now if you cry out to Him and confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, then you will be saved. (Romans 10: 9-10)
If you do that, and truly believe that in your heart then you will be forgiven, the Holy Spirit will come into your heart, and you can experience a true relationship with God. A relationship like no other, where you speak to Him through prayer, and He speaks back through His word, and through other means.
We are able to constantly access our God directly. We do not need to go through a priest, or some divine right in order to speak to Him, we can commune with Him through the Holy Spirit.
“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” (Romans 8:26)
Christianity is not like other world religions. All other religions are nothing but man searching for God.
Christianity is God searching for man, because He knows that we will never be able to make ourselves good enough for Him, that’s why He paid the price for us.
I have mentioned before that after I became a Christian my life was not suddenly perfect. I am called to die to myself on a daily basis, and to live for Christ. With that said, becoming a Christian was the single best decision I have ever made.
I did not write this because I want you to join my church, I don’t want you to give me any money, and I don’t care about getting thousands of hits on a webpage. I wrote this because I desperately hope that someone might read this, and discover the wonderful relationship with Christ that I have discovered.
I am in love with Christ, and I pray that you may know what it is really like to experience the love of God that surpasses all understanding.