So many times, we hear about this amazing stories of people who lived horrible lives “finding Jesus” and being changed. But many youth who are raised in a community of faith never have a dramatic experience. They grow conscious of spiritual matters gradually and their decisions on what to believe happen over a span of a few years. This is like Nicodemus. He had a spiritual journey, not a single life-changing moment.
Many people, even Christians, feel that the Ten Commandments – the Lord’s moral law – is antiquated, a relic of ancient history of mild interest but no longer applicable to the modern world. However, in this age of moral ambiguity, is the Law truly out-dated or does it still hold relevance to our lives?
This question has been floating around my mind for the last week, and though there are many answers (and the majority of them would be correct), I would like to briefly share with you what being a Christian means to me.
As Christians, we often talk about faith: Faith in God. Faith in Christ. Have faith that the Lord will answer our prayers. Have faith that things will turn out better tomorrow. And so on.
But what is faith? The explanation of “faith” is too often forgotten in discussions about having faith in the Lord, and the word itself has become a sort of catch-phrase or Christian buzzword with no meaning. We can talk about faith until we are blue in the face, but it will be completely pointless unless we understand what faith is!
When you are a follower of Christ, it is inevitable that sometime someone will ask you: “What if the Bible/God/etc. is not true?” Perhaps you have even experienced doubt about God’s existance or the authenticity of the Bible. After all, how can you trust in a God you have never seen, heard, or touched?
Whenever I am asked the above question, I think this to myself: If the Bible or God or Christ is not true, my life would still have been worth living in a Biblical way as a follower of the teachings of Christ.
The concept of the Triune God is often the most difficult for Christians and non-Christians to grasp. There has been much confusion on this topic for centuries, leading to all sorts of questions. Here is one such puzzling question: If all three members of the Godhead are truly equal, why was it Jesus Christ (God the Son) who died for our sins and not God the Father or God the Holy Spirit?
The Bible is clear that the only way to receive everlasting life is through believing in Christ Jesus. The passage of John 3:16 reads: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Christ Himself says: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)
“Unequally yoked” does not just refer to a Christian marrying a non-Christian, but to a wide scope of differences within Christendom and even our own church. If a couple marries, and the husband and wife have different beliefs, this will… sooner or later …cause strife in their family. One of the biggest problems is: Which “belief” will the children be raised as?
Many times, we see what God has told us we must do, and we decided it is okay to do only some of it or to do it our way, instead of God’s way. There will be consequence for disobeying the Lord. Just because we received grace in Christ does not mean we can still consciously commit sin. A sin is the breaking of God’s Law, the Ten Commandments (1 John 3:4), and the consequence of sin is death (Romans 6:23). The Scriptures in Romans 6:1-2 are very clear: “Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid!”
Unfortunately, death is one of the greatest penalties for sin. We take comfort in knowing that, though death will still occur until the day on which the Lord will return, death no longer needs to be feared by believers. Christ defeated sin, defeated death, when He died in our place and rose again.