This topic may be an interesting one determined by how it goes. It's another religious topic by the way, about Christianity. However this is going to be one where mostly everyone should be able to passionately contribute to whether you are a christian or not. I say mostly everyone, because chances are even if you are not a christian, you were raised to believe in it if you were born in western civilization. Also if you are a christian, as you know there are many denominations out there and ways of thinking. Now there is nothing wrong with there being different christian traditions, because we come from different cultural backgrounds. Yet as far as main doctrine, there should be no difference at all. What I want to do with this topic is to bring out the universal doctrine of Christianity, and seperate traditions that are man made and aren't christian at all. I want to dig deep here into the greek of Scripture, and break down things Jesus said and the intended purposes for what was said. For the non christian, I want to challenge your understanding of Christianity.
So everyone, let's be respectful. I'm probably going to step on people's toes here, but yall should know by now that I'm respectful all the time. I never called anyone names nor questioned their intelligence, not even with sarcasm. (The only time I've been sarcastic, is when I'm talking football. That's probably the one thing I don't like about sports, my dark side tends to have a field day with it if I let it. Yet even then I don't personally attack others on here) For the sake of keeping this topic interesting, I hope everyone does the same. Now for those who don't believe a god exists, don't let the religious guy show you up on manners. For those who have a faith, you be courteous as well. With all that said, let's get it started. (By the way, concerning the title for this topic for those interested, I was originally going to put "What Does it Mean to be a True Christian". Yet I knew people would read that, and post without reading my OP, mostly post sarcasm. Yet with the current title, I believe more people will read the OP to see what the world I'm talking about.)
Here's my main points of belief that I will be arguing....
Purpose of a Christian: To share God's love on as many people as possible. This love being something that's real, and not abstract. Something that can be seen, and is inherently different from anything else on earth. (For example, it has the power to change some of the most hated people on earth. That's a basic example, but basically with God's love, you are able to do things that people wouldn't even attempt nor think about doing.)
Foundation of a Christian: Everything emanates from Jesus' nature. When a person is "born again", we are born with Jesus' new nature and now have a spirit that is like His. Now the body is still of the old nature and is yet to be changed, however if a christian lives from his new spirit, everything he/she does comes from Jesus' nature. To be able to do the purpose of a christian, it must be done from the foundation of a christian.
Main doctrinal points:
- No one earns their salvation through working for it, not even in part. It's all given by God.
- Genesis must be literal in order for Christianity to make sense. (I know I'm stepping on toes here. If and/or when someone argues against this point, let's be respectful and reasonable.)
- Some of the things Jesus said, He said to people who were under the law (Ten Commandments and the rest of the laws Moses gave) So not everything Jesus said, He said for christians to apply in their lives. Example: Jesus said if you call someone a fool, you are in danger of the judgement. So christians, don't go around condemning yourself if you accidentally called someone a fool, Jesus said this to those who were trying to keep the commandment not to murder. (Which Jesus says if you hate your brother, you are a murderer at heart) Just grow up, and apologize to that person if you have the chance. Of course there are folk who act foolishly and perhaps deserve to be called so, but we aren't in that kind of business. Jesus came into the world to save it, not to condemn it. (some food for thought I suppose) I expect some arguments from former christians on this point, because it can seem like I could use it to get out of things Jesus said for us to do. You have to read the context in order to know what Jesus is saying and who He's saying it to.
- Everyone after Adam, except for Jesus, is born with a corrupt nature. Why wasn't Jesus born with a corrupt nature? Jesus didn't have a human father. So I suppose the trait for corruption is passed down from the father.
So I'll leave it there for now. Feel free to challenge my doctrinal points. My goal with this thread is to provide a clear picture of what a christian is and what it means to be one. It's a daring attempt I know.