reply to post by Anon830426
Well, right here, I speak for myself, however, I can claim that many other Christians have experienced this as well. So, how, as a Christian, can I be
sure that what I believe is what is right, especially when there are so many other religions out there that I can choose from?
Experience. That's really all it is. Now, I've been what you would call a Christian all my life. Grew up in a Christian home, in quite possibly the
most religious parts of North America. Now, as I began to get older, and understood what it meant to actually be a Christian, I realized it took much
more than just a simple prayer, but rather, I had to develop a relationship with God. See, people see Christianity as a religion, but what separates
is from all the others, is that we serve a living God (one that isn't dead, unlike all other religions) and we develop a personal relationship with
him, like a friend, all thanks to the sending of his son, Jesus Christ (or allah as one argued in a previous post). Through this relationship,
following the rules of the bible does not become a chore, but rather, something you want to do. A good example would be when you want to make your
parents proud because you love them so much.
And about the prayer that you said your friends would sin, but pray at night. You know, this summer, I've really struggled with this, and still
haven't come to a conclusion. In the Bible, there are many verses that state that if we "accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we will spend
eternity with him" (to be short) and so, in saying that, your friends (if they believe in Jesus Christ as God's son, coming for our sins, the only
way, etc) would be eligible to get to heaven no matter what because it that's why Jesus died on the cross, for our sins. But furthermore, it also
says that to get to heaven, Jesus needs to know us, have a relationship with him, and for us to know him as well. Now, in my personal opinion, one
that is really close to God's heart would not want to go out and sin just because of the love for him. Yes, as humans we fail (epically at some
points) and sin, but that is natural. We must restore ourselves in God, Christ Jesus. But like I said, I believe that if we believe in God, Jesus,
that stuff, then we get to heaven, but also, we must maintain a relationship with him as well, which means many other things. This is where I become
awry. See, I have my own relationship with Christ, and I've seen him move in my life, given me a hunger to read his word (the bible) and seen many
miracles, and I thank him everyday, and I want to let other people know about his unfathomable love for us, yet I must admit that sometimes, I sin on
purpose. For instance, I may swear when I get hurt, or I may play a violent video game, (heck, I don't even know if that is a sin or not
in the end, do I get to go to heaven because I have sinned intentionally, but asked for forgivness?
Okay wow this is long, sorry. But anyways, as you can see, it's something more than church on Sunday and a prayer at night. It's like having a
friend in Christ. Wanting to serve him, not just doing things for him reluctantly. But until one can realize this, Christianity will be seen as just
another set of rules for people to be oppressed by, and thus, just another religion out there in the world.
I for one, can proudly say that I am a Christian, and have experienced God move in my life myself, and that he is real, and that he is love. I want to
serve him, not because that is what I am told, but because that is what he deserves. However, like communism, my intentions look good on paper (or
computer screen) but can I follow through with them correctly, or even follow through with them at all? Only time will tell.
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