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This Christian Journey:

 

Just what is this Christian thing, anyway?

Dr. Walter D. Huyck Jr., D. Min.

www.thischristianjourney.com

 

In our culture today there are many who, for reasons of their own, do not hold to the beliefs of their parents. Most were raised in churches of various denominations. They probably attended Sunday School and Church regularly. But now they have become the skeptics of our culture.

While I am certain that the reasons given by these skeptics will be many and, for each individual, thought valid. I hope you will take this opportunity to consider Christianity for what God truly intended it to be.

Of all the criticisms I have heard from these skeptics in the past the one unifying attitude that I think I could detect in most of these people is disillusionment. Perhaps watching their parents or relatives go to church on Sunday and live in presumptuous sin throughout the rest of the week caused some questions to arise. Maybe, they watched an unscrupulous Pastor use his church to satisfy his greed or lust. Some may have been literally abused or seen a friend abused by someone they thought was a Christian. I think most just never really recognized the actual movement of God in their lives or homes.

We Christians proclaim that God is alive and well. We say He is still in control. We announce that

He loves everyone. But there is so much pain and evil in our world and its hard for most of these critics to reconcile our Christian proclamations with what they see in their daily lives.

So the question arises, just what is this Christian thing about?

Christianity is not about secular utopia.

What I mean here is that God's Word never claims that this present world will ever reach a perfect state. I can see some folks boiling up within themselves over this statement. They might ask, "just what do you think heaven is all about?" Yes, we look forward to heaven one day, but even heaven won't be here upon this imperfect world.

The fact is that God, in the Bible, warns that things are going to get much worse before they get better. We find things in Scripture like:

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof . . . (2 Tim 3.1-5)

The Bible also warns that toward the end of the church age there will be a time described as the great tribulation period and states that it will introduce mankind to the worst time in all of human history.

The truth is that becoming a Christian does not immunize a person from terribly trying times. While the new birth guarantees to deliver people from the great tribulation, it often introduces them to more immediate, sometimes life threatening circumstances. For there are many Christians in our world who are suffering persecution as I write.

No, Christianity is not about secular utopia at all.

Christianity is not about Religion.

I can just imagine the many eyebrows that this statement will raise. The driving principles of the New Testament do not lead to religion. Jesus Christ did not intend for the Christian Church to establish a religion. Instead He intended for His people to lift the Church to new heights. He wanted Christians to develop a living organism that is referred to as the Body of Christ (1 Cor 12).

Yet it seems that many Churches in our day have indeed turned the Body of Christ into a cold, heartless religion based on age old traditions that have often lost their recognized purpose. This lukewarm or even ice cold state of many Christian Churches has helped to build the opinions of many skeptics. While I do not believe that these Churches are expressly responsible for the attitudes of these skeptics, however, they should recognize that they have contributed much toward their hard hearts.

It is important to realize that there are whole denominations and religious systems in our culture that call themselves Christian, but they are far from the Body of Christ. These have also attributed much to the confusion, disillusionment and skepticism found in our communities. With all of the religious confusion that's flooding our culture today just what is the sincere seeker or questioning skeptic to do?

I hope you will read on as I try to express in seriously inadequate terms what God truly intended this Christian thing to be. As He expresses it in His Word.

Christianity is about walking with God.

Christianity is not about a bunch of rules and regulations. Instead the Bible and Christianity is about helping each individual develop a personal relationship with Almighty-God, in Jesus Christ. Now, as I mention this relationship I presume that something has revealed itself in your mind, however, my guess is that you are thinking of something other than what I am trying to express.

When I think of my personal relationship with God I am thinking of a presence that can be felt. I am thinking of real, heart to heart, two-sided conversation. I am thinking about the type of nurture, care and concern that only the dearest of friends might be able to effect. I am thinking about something sweeter than the enduring relationship developed during a honeymoon, and more lasting than a relationship that has stood the test of time like a couple celebrating their fiftieth wedding anniversary. I am describing a sharing dedication of faithfulness and earnest love.

No, this is not something that I have just conjured up in my mind through a process of meditation or eloquent brain washing techniques. It is more tangible than the other relationships I hold dear in my life. It is closer to me than my relationship with my wife or children. It is the relationship I have with God through Jesus Christ.

You should also know that this relationship is God's revealed intention for each and every individual in our world. In John 17.20-21 we read:

"Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me."

In these verses Jesus Christ reveals that His desire is that we might be one with each other, and, more importantly, we should be one with God. Notice what Jesus said in Revelation 3.20:

"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me."

Notice that Jesus states that His intention is to come into a person and then to sup with them. This indicates an intimate relationship, a real and personal presence.

It sounds almost impossible to the unsaved individual. Can God really come into a person and literally have a real exchange of ideas, thoughts, and desires. Could it be possible for a person to actually experience personal encouragement from God in their time of need? Is this really what this Christian thing is really about?

My friend I must tell you as loudly as I can, that YES you can have just this type of relationship with God through Jesus Christ. There was a time that I thought this relationship thing sounded just a little to incredible. But I assure you, my friend, when I asked Jesus to come into my life and establish a personal relationship with me, He kept His Word (Rev 3.20), and He came into me.

Now, there is no way for me to open up my chest and show you that He is there. All I can do is give you my word that He is. Jesus Christ dwells within my heart. Since He first came into me He has taught me many things. Some of them I took very wrongly and went way off on a tangent. Then He nurtured me back to the intended goal. He has given me counsel, admonishment, and even chastisement at times. Yet the fact remains, He is here with me even now.

The best news I can share with you at this point is that God wants to walk in a personal relationship with you, and its really simple to establish. If you would like to walk with Jesus Christ, daily then go to the Accept Jesus Now page and see just how very easy it is.

What Wonderful News!!

You Can Walk With God Too!!

 

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