Many people think Christianity is about forcing beliefs about God onto other people, hating people who support gay marriage, the cause of war… I could go on. I think the thing that is most sad is that the entire belief is frowned upon because of certain individuals. I understand that our fellow Christians are passionate about what they believe, but I think it can sometimes skew the truth about what Christianity, and who God, really is. So I decided to write this to shed some light about what Christianity, and who God, really is.
It’s not a religion – Many people think it is a religion, and yes, it is classed as one, but we don’t see it as one because it’s unlike all others. For example, many religions require you to do certain things in order to find favour in God, or in order for God to be satisfied with you. Some religions, you have to pay a certain amount of money, do a certain amount of good deeds, even kill a certain amount of people. And if you do this, God will be happy with you and will accept you. But Christianity is different. It states that we can come as we are – God accepts you whether or not you are good or bad; he shows no partiality (Romans 2:11). He accepts you even if you’re a murderer, or just if you’re plain old you. You don’t need to do anything in order for God to love you – he already does. How do we know this? Because he sent his only son, who “committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in his mouth” (1 Peter 2:22), to pay for the sins of the world. He died a gruesome death, a death he did not deserve, to save us from the penalty of all the bad things we have done, are doing, or will do.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”
It promotes love – Many people think that it is a belief system which hates those who don’t follow it, but this is far from the truth. Yes, Christians have certain beliefs about various things, such as marriage, sexual intercourse, the way we say and do things, how we carry ourselves, what we believe and value etc., but this does not mean that we hate people who don’t believe in the things we do. For example, Christians accept homosexuals; we do not hate or despise them. But it does not mean we accept and support changing the legislation to allow homosexual marriage, because the bible says that marriage is between a man and wife. Like any others, we stand up for what we believe in, but it shouldn’t be taken as us discriminating against others, or forcing our beliefs onto others, because the bible does not say we should. Just like everyone else in the world, we are allowed to have our own opinions and beliefs. The Bible says we should accept and love everyone, and just because there are people who claim to be Christians but discriminate against people, it does not mean than the entire body of Christianity does the same. Our God loves us and died for us with all our sin and shame, and forgave us for every wrongdoing, so we should do the same for others.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
People blame God – Many people will argue that God isn’t real because so many bad things happen in the world… So how can He be real? The truth is, God doesn’t cause bad things to happen – we do. Humans. Humans cause wars. Humans kill each other. Humans get jealous and angry. Humans cheat, destroy and lie. Humans are greedy and selfish. Imagine if humans forgave each other, accepted one another and helped and shared with each other? There would be no war, no poverty, no death, no homelessness. It is not God who causes havoc. It is humans. God gave us a free will, which means that He gives us the choice to accept him and follow him, or not. That also means that the choices we make will inevitably have consequences. And sadly, we blame God for these consequences.
Christianity is becoming scarce and hated nowadays, and more and more people are disregarding it and the fact that God is real. Many people are quick to say that He isn’t real, but I think it’s because people don’t understand who He really is and what He’s really done – God is real, and He has saved us from the consequence of all our sins by dying on the cross in place of us. The Cross is a symbol of God’s unfailing love for us. In order to follow him, it doesn’t require us to ‘have it all together’ – we simply need to do these things:
1. Believe in God and the fact that He loves you
2. Confess your sins, and acknowledge the fact that we have all done wrong things. (If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness – 1 John 1:9)
2. Acknowledge that Jesus died on the cross for you and your sins
3. Accept God into your heart and into your life
4. Pray. This is how you speak to God. Simply just talk to Him.
“If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with our heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.”