This is coming from a christian since birth. And as a christian, I have become rather angry at a lot of people who claim to be one. My main beef is that they act as if they and they alone,speak for god. As if, some how God personally, put his hand on their, soul, and gave them all the answers. I have a cousin who has just become a born, again, and suddenly all of his logic and critical, thinking has gone out the window. I try really hard to encourage him to be a christian, but he tried to tell me that dinosaurs are a plant by God to test our faith, and it was really Jesus Christ, who created the universe. I am an Episcopal, and my church allows me to think for my self and to be active in the church and Gods works by not just getting bodies in our building but my serving the Lord by doing things. I for one work in my small church s pantry. When I mean small. There is only 40 of us. but we manage to feed close to 200 people a week. but we do not brag about it.
I also have family who attend those mega churches and they just seem to brag about how their choir, actually was up for a Grammy last year. And she said," That is what was important to God." I just wanted to jape slap her. It makes me frustrated also, when I see the extremist of the left or the right try to hi jack my religion. How do I combat this with out sounding like an idiot myself?
You cannot combat other people's beliefs. As Christians we are followers of Christ. That means that we follow his teachings and the path he carved out for us to follow. As Christians we are obliged to tell people about God's Kingdom (Matthew 28:19, 20)doing good towards all (James 1:27)(Galatians 6:10) ; Gather in worship (Hebrews 10:24&25) and pray ( Matthew 6:9) (1Thessalonians 5:17) all things that Jesus did when he lived on earth. As long as what we speak comes from God's word and we are busy doing his will we be focused on what is important (Matthew 6:33). So when you use the Bible in speaking with your cousin, if your cousin does not listen you cannot make him listen you have to be patient. Always sharing your Bible based hope with your cousin in the hope that one day your cousin will open his/her eyes to the truth.
New born christian are baby christian that are just learning to walk. They need to be encouraged but reminded that they are not ready for a bicycle yet, let alone a motor bike. They need to know this before they ride into a lake.
I always suggest that they study the words that Jesus spoke before trying to interpret anything else.
We have too many interpretations already.
How can you be a Christian since birth since you "Must be born again" in order to see the kingdom of God? Jesus said it, not me... so I am curious....
I agree with Pioneer. We do not allow how others choose to think or believe or feel affect us in a negative way. Our eyes are not on people but on Jesus Christ. We share, if allowed, our faith, and leave the acceptance or non-acceptance to the individual. Let Him draw those to Himself that is ready. Looking at man will keep you frustrated and angry. Looking at Jesus will keep you uplifted and loving toward those who may still walk in darkness. We all are imperfect creatures of the dust. All of us currently see through a glass darkly. As Christians, we all strive to live according to His word and revelations, even so, we are still error prone. Thank God, our sins (errors) are covered by the blood of Jesus.
Blessings, love and hugs.
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