Posted 27 June 2011 - 08:23 PM
None of us would even celebrate Christmas or Easter if not for Jesus. In fact, we would not even discussing 'church' at all. Jesus claimed to be the Messiah/Son of God. He could not have been just a 'good teacher'....because he claimed to be more. He was either the Messiah/Son of God as he claimed, or he was a lying lunatic. There is no in-between.
Being a skeptic by nature, I studied the Bible to find out more about life, purpose, meaning, and death. I also wanted to find out more about Jesus, and why we celebrated Christmas & Easter. I researched & read all of the Old Testament along with all of the prophecies fulfilled by Jesus (where he would be born, how he would die, how he would be treated, he would overcome death on the 3rd day & etc), and also read/studied the New Testament about Jesus, and etc. I also researched how the Bible was started, written, and the history of it. I am not a Bible scholar so I don't have all of the answers, but I do believe Jesus was the Son of God/Messiah and thru him we all can have eternal life as the Bible says.
I go to church for wisdom, understanding purpose for my life, learning, Bible study, & etc. Yes, the 'church' is full of hypocrites. Yes many churches & pastors have become mis-guided. Many churches do focus too much on money. And unfortunately, many 'Christians' don't act as they should, and they can be judgemental. But, don't let this stop you from learning/understanding/worshipping/gaining wisdom from God. In Christianity, one does not earn salvation. You receive it by accepting God's grace through his son Jesus. I'm thankful that I don't have to be 'good enough' to earn it, because I am far from perfect.