5 Things You Should Know Before Becoming A Christian

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1) Christ is perfect but “Christianity” is not. Don’t mistake Christian Culture as God, they aren’t the same thing. Churches, pastors, theologians, and other believers will inevitably fail you, but Jesus never will.

2) It’s OK to change your beliefs. You’ll never have Christianity fully figured out. You won’t have an answer for everything. Theology is a journey, a Pilgrim’s Progress. Life, relationships, and experiences form, shape, and change the way you see, experience, and understand God. The disciples didn’t understand God much of the time, and you probably won’t either.

3) Christianity Isn’t Easy. It doesn’t magically fix things, make you more popular, wealthy, or healthier. In reality, it’s not a form of escapism but a lifelong process of dedication, service, sacrifice, and humbly loving others. It’s very, very, very hard, and not for the faint of heart.

4) Christianity Is Complex. Nobody believes the same thing. There are hundreds of denominations. Doctrines, practices, and traditions are as varied as the people that represent them. This diversity of faith should be appreciated and celebrated. The goal of Christianity isn’t conformity, but an honest and intimate relationship with God.

5) Christianity is ultimately about loving God and loving others. It should never be co-opted by a political movement, a religious institution, gaining power, obtaining control, spreading influence, enforcing laws, or becoming rich and famous. It’s about a relationship with God—never let anything supersede this

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12 thoughts on “5 Things You Should Know Before Becoming A Christian

  1. I so agree with these things you write. So often I think we introduce people to a “minimal jesus.” Little j….fire insurance, a safety net, not a Life in place of the death and darkness we have had, A open door of communication with our Heavenly Father in Christ, when we had spent the rest of our lives trying to fix ourselves and make headway by our own strength wisdom and expertise. As I find out who Jesus is…I see Him, even in the midst of the crazy people like me in the community called church..Christianity….sometimes He isn’t doing what I think or expect Him to do….seems these days he is “cleaning house”…disinfecting His people…grin!

  2. Reblogged this on Something to Stu (stew) Over and commented:
    I so agree with what Stephen says here. We, as a body, are not perfect but our Savior Jesus Christ is. We will always have questions that will never get answered until we reach glory. And it IS all about a personal relationship with God as we journey through life towards our sanctification.

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