The idea of basic Christianity is something that has been splintered in recent years. Personally I view it as something easy, and yet it’s complex. It’s easy when we follow the words of Jesus. He tells us to love one another, our enemies, and obey the authorities above us.
However, it’s been 2,000 years since Jesus walked this earth, and unfortunately many religions have clouded his words. They’ve added extra rules and regulations into the truth he brought us.
This alone is reason to be suspect of many teachings. However we can always turn to the Bible and find the truth. That’s what I’ll be focusing a lot of attention on today.
What Is The True Meaning Christianity?
First let me make this simple. A Christian is someone who follows the teachings of Jesus, they’ve taken up his cross and they’re following him daily. A Christian is someone who believes Jesus is the Son of God, and that he died and rose again. All so we could be with him and God the father in heaven.
I’ll be breaking that down more, however in our world there’s a huge discrepancy in what it means to follow Jesus, many people are Christians in name only, they attend a church once a week, and believe that makes them a follower of Christ. That’s a dangerous game to play and that doesn’t make you a Christian at all.
What Are The Basics Of Christianity?
The Basics of Christianity are pretty simple. Jesus sums it up in many different ways.
- Love God with all your heart. Your Soul, And Sprit.
- Love Others Like You Love Yourself.
A lot of people are going to read that and say, “but what about repentance?”
I belief repentance is part of #1. In order to fully love God, one needs to turn from their wicked ways and follow Christ. You cannot love God and the world. It’s like mixing oil and water.
To follow Jesus is to believe that he is the son of God, believe that he died for everyone in the world, and to believe that God has raised him from the dead.
Any other belief isn’t Christianity, and it’s a false formless derivative. the Bible talks about this type of religion. It says they have the form of godliness but deny the power thereof (2 Timothy 3:5)
Whenever someone speaks about the Bible, a good test of their core beliefs is what they believe about Jesus. If they don’t proclaim his as the Son of God, they aren’t a Christian.
A Definition Of Christianity From the Bible.
The term Christian first shows up in the Bible (Acts 11:26) it’s a term coined in Antioch, because they were so Christ Like. That sounds like such an awesome compliment. When you call yourself a follower of Jesus, your life should gradually show more and more of him. Eventually you are no longer there, but Jesus is shining through.
I understand you might be thinking. “My life is far from looking like Jesus,” but that’s okay. You’re still alive, and breathing, that means you have hope to choose better today. As long as you’re breathing you can ask Jesus for help, and he will be there for you. I know that sounds crazy, but he loves you as much as he loves me. You’re his child and he wants to know who you are. So decide today that you want him in your life, and that you’ll follow him.
A Simple Explanation Of Christianity.
I actually like the term follower of the way more than the term Christian. Maybe that’s because I’ve seen a lot of negative connotations to it. In addition to that, there’s been a lot of horrible causes tied to Christ, from the Spanish Inquisition, to Jonestown, and many racist laws in the 60’s. None of these things promoted the love of Christ. However, being christ like is something we should all be striving for, and we can all achieve it.
The World View Of Christianity?
As I stated above, especially here in America there’s a negative connotation to the word Christian. People see us as nerds who are whiny and weak, and that hasn’t been the case in history at all.
- Many Of The Founding Fathers Were Christians.
- Joan Of Arc Changed The Face Of France By Being An Epic General.
- Monks And Monasteries Began The First Hospitals.
- Christian Rules/Laws/Morals Helped Form Western Civilization.
I just wanted to name a few, but no other person and their followers have shipped the world like Jesus has. His teaching have transformed the world.
Today many people think we have antiquated and old ideas. However the beliefs they’re pushing are pre-christian beliefs. They’re the beliefs that went away when Christianity came into being and many of those beliefs were destroying their societies. I know that’s heavily generalized but a society without morals and respect for their fellow citizens will fall pretty quickly.
A wise man spoke this a few thousand years ago:
What has been will be again,Ecclesiastes 1:9
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun.
The Elements Of Christianity
I wrote a little bit about this above, but now I want to expand upon it. Many people wonder if Christianity is waning. In America it certainly looks like it. On the surface we see churches closing all over the country. During the corona virus people couldn’t attend church.
However things are always darkest before the light, and the darker it gets, the more our lights will shine. While churches have been closed online churches have opened up. People are talking with their neighbors and feeling hopeless, and distraught for the future.
These are things that God uses to turn peoples hearts back towards him. while I don’t believe he sent the virus, I know all things work together for good.
God will do what he can to reconnect with you.
Being A Follower Of Jesus
When you’re a Christian, you’ve become a follower of Jesus. This means you’re reading the Bible and following his teachings. That connection with him also gives you a direct line to God, and The Holy Spirit.
Becoming a follower of Jesus is simple. You have to profess with your mouth that Jesus is lord, and believe God raised him from the dead. Then you have to live it.
I wrote a blog awhile back about hearing the voice of God. If you’re having trouble hearing his voice, I’d suggest reading it. It gives some great advice on hearing the voice of God.
Read Your Bible:
I can’t stress this enough, how can you know what you believe if you won’t read about it. This is an area I struggle with daily, and even during this dark times I have trouble doing my morning reading.
However when you read the Bible daily. Something inside you will change. It’ll be transformed. I’ve discovered the more I read, the easier it is to hear Gods voice.
Find A Church That Preaches Jesus Death And Resurrection
This is an important piece as well. Many people are going around today saying they have new revelations of Jesus. However the Bible talks about them saying they are there to lead people away from christ. Remember, true Christianity is a belief in Jesus as the son of God, and that God raised him from the dead.
If you find a church that preaches that, you’ll be alright. However continue to read your bible, and question everything you’re taught in that lens.
The Meaning Of Christianity:
In conclusion there are many views on Christianity, and many theologies about it. However it’s very simple.
- Jesus Died For You, Because He Loved You, And Wanted To Reconnect With You.
- He Rose Again 3 Days Later, Defeating Death, and Building A Bride To God. Without His Resurrection Our Faith Is Useless.
- When You Surrender Your Life To Him, Things Aren’t Going To Be Easier. However, From Now On, You Don’t Have To Be Alone. Because He’s Promised To Always Be With Us.
So today if this message resonated with you, say a quick few words to Jesus. Ask him into your heart, and say you’re sorry for your sins. Commit yourself to following him every day, and live the life you were created for.
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