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Christian Life And The Modern World

Updated on July 23, 2016
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What Is A True Christian

A Christian is a follower of Christ. To lead a true Christian life means to put into practice and apply to one's conduct the teachings of Christ. These teachings comprise truths to be believed a a code of behavior that depends on or flows from those truths. The primary truth taught by Christ was the fatherhood of God. If a man or woman believes that God is a father to all men or women, it follows that all men and women are brothers and sisters and must behave towards each other as brothers and sisters.

It is due to Christian principles that the civilizations of Europe and America has achieved greatness. The laws and institutions of Christianity, to which we are the heirs, were inspired by Christ's teachings. Today, however, the Christian principles upon which our social and family institutions were built are being questioned. The Christian finds him or herself at odds with much that goes on in this changing world, and the Christian way of life encounters great obstacles from those who reject Christ and His moral teachings.

When we speak of Christ's teachings, we mean that He claimed to bring to mankind a revelation of truths largely unknown. Some of these truths, indeed, are so far beyond knowledge that the only way to believe them is by Faith in Christ's authority to teach. So, to believe in Christ Himself precedes belief in His teachings. Christ made an extraordinary claim upon His followers: they must believe that He is the Son of God, and consequently that the truths He taught, even those that cannot be fully understood by human reason, must be accepted as coming from God Himself!

It is not surprising then that many today, while professing admiration for Christ, deny that He is the Son of God and though they may accept some of His teachings because they open a beautiful way of life, refuse to give Him the full allegiance He claims as Son of God. There are many people today who are Christian in name only. To lead a Christian life in the modern world is a challenge which the follower of Christ cannot escape.

NEGLECT OF CHRISTIAN PRINCIPLES

Yet if so many ills afflict modern life, it is due directly to the neglect of Christian principles of justice and sincere fellowship among mankind. Christianity is a religion, not a code of laws. Christ gave us the general principles that should guide legislation of human affairs. It was His mission to give the basic ideas that would enable mankind to reach his destiny as a creation of the Father.

For example, we are not perhaps sufficiently aware that the great principles of democracy upon which our nation rests, are fundamentally Christian and were all but unknown to the nations of antiquity. The dignity of mankind is the reason for equality before the law and the freedoms he enjoys -- those of speech, assembly, religion and the pursuit of happiness. But the dignity of man can only be understood by one who sees man as one made in the image of God.

There are doubtless other reasons for respecting the rights of others. There is the GOLDEN RULE, known to ancient philosophers as, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." But when a man comes up against the malice of his fellow man, he cannot find any reasonable action other than to retaliate. Therein lies the reason for social or racial conflicts and wars among nations! Christ taught that the way to deal with enemies was to love them. He preached forgiveness of one's enemies. Of course, Christ did not reject repelling aggression. But in general, He taught that the divine Son-ship shared by all mankind should be the supreme motive for peace. "Do good to those who do you wrong, and you will be called the sons of the Father in Heaven." MATTHEW 5:44 "Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the sons of God." MATTHEW 5:9

The Christian way of life, as can be seen, is not to be judged purely on the level of human reason. It is based on faith in Christ, in His Word, and upon His authority. The first step to renew modern man in Christian life is then to take up the Gospels and other Christian documents, and to assimilate their contents with a view to applying them to one's behavior. Moreover, prayer to Christ, must accompany the study of His Word, His Life and His teachings.

There are doubtless difficult passages in the Gospels. Some of these will not easily be understood and their applications into today's lifestyles will come with a great deal of effort. Christ spoke of His way of life as a way of the Cross. He demanded self-renunciation, a selflessness that requires heroism. But He assured His followers that His yoke is sweet and His burden is light.

Finally, Christians must understand that the world -- has its good points as well as it bad ones, its high ideals and its evil ones, and as such we must live in this world. Our destiny is wrapped in that of the people who are our neighbors, our friends, our opponents and our enemies. We have to find a way of life along the same pursuits of life as theirs. The truness of God's will for peace is a difficult pursuance for man, but only by following God's laws as closely as possible can God's will be achieved. The desire to achieve is brought about by the sincere attempts to follow and practice as the Bible teaches. To attempt through God's guidance to maintain as closely as possible the Christian way of life is key. God has placed us in this world to bear witness to Him and to Christ and to realize the desire of Christ for "ONE FOLD AND ONE SHEPHERD!. This is the way of God, AMEN!

God Bless and may His Peace be with you always.

Rev. Fr. Bob WIlson

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      Robert Wilson 16 months ago from United States

      This small article was meant to make people more aware of what Christians face in today's spiritually challenging world. No dispute is warranted; quite the contrary, extending a little peace and kindness towards our fellow man just might bring about some positive changes which are direly needed in this world as we move forward. As anyone who follows the the news lately knows, man's inhumanity towards his fellow man is the lead story every night. We need to stop seeing each other as combatants or enemies and start seeing each other as brothers in Christ. That is the main focus of the article. I see no need for one to take issue over an article meant to help Christians see a view point of another Christian? Let us not instigate unnecessary argumentation. As irony would have it, the article addresses as well as encompasses this very issue, which includes provocation of dissension. This is exactly what needs to change.

      By the way, if you missed the article on "Do Animals Need Spiritual Help? It also talks about animals having souls and going to Heaven.. you might find it interesting and maybe enlightening.

      I pray that God softens your heart and allows the Holy Spirit to fill you. l will also continue to pray for you and your soul. May God Bless you and grant you serenity in resolving the issues you have with Him and His Christian followers.

      Peace be with you.

      Rev. Fr. Bob Wilson Th.D. D.D.

      St Benedict Liberty Interfaith Ministries

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      KingdomCome 16 months ago from those of the Ecclesia

      First, I don't need nor do I want your forgiveness. And I do understand the teachings of Jesus Christ. His main focus was to spread the Gospel of the Kingdom of God. Which,with all your theological "training", you seem to know nothing or you would have at least mentioned it once in this artical. Second Jesus NEVER taught his disciple to respect other peoples religions, nor is it found anywhere else in the New Testament. Which is false teaching on your part. Third, your carnal mindedness is evident in the fact you make your titles and Theological Degrees clear for the whole world to see. You make it clear in your profile all the degrees you have and therefore you expect respect. Your catholic training in theology means nothing to me other than the fact that you spread false doctrine as you been trained to do by the catholic church. Matthew 5:9 which you quoted to me just happens to be part of the sermon on the mount which, if you understood it, explains the Kingdom standard in which Jesus expects us to live, but is something you seem to know nothing about. But as expect you've taken the verse out of context. It's people like yourself who make money spreading false doctrine, but I guess this is to be expected from carnal minded clergies who make money selling the word of God and rubbing their titles in peoples faces.

      Again, Jesus NEVER taught on the subject of respecting other's religions. Therefore I do not have to respect other peoples false beliefs or their false religions. Nor do I have any respect for your false catholic garbage or your titles.

      Try reading some of my Hubs, you might learn something.

      Have a good day.

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      Robert Wilson 16 months ago from United States

      I would like to say that this article was written from the viewpoint of a Christian, it is not strictly a "Catholic" viewpoint. If you would take a moment and look at the title again, it reads... "CHRISTIAN LIFE AND THE MODERN WORLD". You have taken an article that discusses the teachings of Christ, the Golden Rule, and Christian principles and seem to have manipulated it into something you feel is a platform for your personal grievances against the "Catholic" church. This article is in no way about the "Catholic" church.

      Christ teaches forgiveness and as a Minister I have forgiven you "for you know not of what you speak". You seem to have many issues with the "Catholic" church and that is between you and God. But to attack this article as you did indicates a lack of understanding for our Savior and His teachings. Your malice towards other men's opinions are the root of social and religious unrest prevalent in today's world. A little more understanding and respect for the religious belief's of others will go a long way in making this world a more peaceful place.

      Remember, MATTHEW 5:9 reads, "Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the sons of God." I pray that God softens your heart and you find peace in His Word.

      I might suggest that you re-read this article with the understanding that it addresses Christian Life in Today's World, not "Catholicism".

      Yours In Christ,

      Rev. Fr. Bob Wilson, Th.D. D.D.

      St Benedict Liberty Interfaith Ministries

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      KingdomCome 16 months ago from those of the Ecclesia

      The chatholic church killed over 50 million people during the dark ages because people did not accept the teaching of the chatholic church. The murder and mayham the chatholic church brought upon millions of people all in the name of God. Your hypocrite church make me sick. And what about all the cover up by the church who's clergies have molested hundreds if not thousands of children and hid it from the public.

      You have a lot of nerve.