Debating scripture is usually counter-productive. If I want someone to join me in the joy and security I enjoy as a Christian, arguing the finer points that even Christians don’t agree on smacks of redundancy.
I am a member of a church, but I don’t agree with every perception of my immediate fellow members (aka sisters and brothers in Christ), much less the entire organization. We are, however, of one mind on the things that matter to God.
It becomes even more complex when considering all of what comes under the umbrella of “Christian”. The very word “Christian” means “Christ-like” but some of what I am aware of “under the umbrella” does not coincide with what I hold as precious.
Christianity is not complex. The complexity, to me, is why it has become so complex. We could spend vast amounts of time on that topic…
Following is The Apostle’s Creed, which pretty well sums up my (basic) testimony.
I believe in the God the Father, Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth,
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, Our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
Born of the virgin, Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, dead and buried.
The third day he rose from the dead,
He ascended into heaven
And sits at the right hand of God the Father, Almighty,
From where He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins,
The resurrection of the body,
And life everlasting.
Like all who have come to Salvation through Christ, I have a testimony. Sometimes, however, what we reveal can be a hindrance rather than an encouragement. I know for certain that it wasn’t my good judgment that kept me safe all those years I spent “runnin’ blind”! I never lost my faith, but I wasted many years looking in the wrong direction.
All things work to the good for those who love the Lord. (Romans 8:28) As I am back in His fold, life is richer and more meaningful because my mind, heart, body and soul are rededicated and rejuvenated to His service. Most importantly, my soul because that’s the only part of me from this life that will be with Him. I believe if your soul is healthy, the rest is gravy.
There is room for all who BELIEVE in Jesus Christ as the redeemer, the Savior. Will you join us at His table?
Romans 3:23-31 :
“ 23 For all have done wrong and are far from the glory of God; 24 And they may have righteousness put to their credit, freely, by his grace, through the salvation which is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God has put forward as the sign of his mercy, through faith, by his blood, to make clear his righteousness when, in his pity, God let the sins of earlier times go without punishment; 26 And to make clear his righteousness now, so that he might himself be upright, and give righteousness to him who has faith in Jesus. 27 What reason, then, is there for pride? It is shut out. By what sort of law? of works? No, but by a law of faith. 28 For this reason, then, a man may get righteousness by faith without the works of the law. 29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not in the same way the God of Gentiles? Yes, of Gentiles: 30 If God is one; and he will give righteousness because of faith to those who have circumcision, and through faith to those who have not circumcision. 31 Do we, then, through faith make the law of no effect? in no way: but we make it clear that the law is important.” Reference: Bible in Basic English
Please, do not let the temptations and trials of this life keep you from being with Jesus Christ in paradise. We are all unworthy due to our nature, but He welcomes us never-the-less!
God Bless and Keep You and Yours.