There are many different views on what it takes to become a Christian and many times churches place too much of a check list in your way. It can become discouraging and thus hindering you from walking forward in your faith. It has been said that the Gospel is so simple that a small child can understand it, but when I look at the requirements of being a Christian (by many church’s standards) even an adult has to ask for a translation to understand it.
It’s as simple as this, God reconciled you to himself through Christ. If you believe that and embrace it as truth then you are a Christian. Everything else after that is part of discipleship.
Oftentimes, a church will put you into some kind of discipleship class then declare you a Christian afterward. They rely on you verbally and publicly claiming allegiance to a set of their ‘doctrines’. Some might even require baptism to ‘seal the deal’.
Some people like to learn as much as they can about God, Christ, and the whole story in the Bible before making up their minds about becoming a Christian. I can understand that. After all, one does take time to get to know someone before taking the step of a lifetime commitment. Why not give the same amount of time to understand God before making a decision to follow him?
There are some drawbacks in that, since each church has differing views on the teachings of Jesus, the prophets, and the apostles. It really all boils down to what Jesus asked Peter, “Who do you say that I am?”
There are some arguments about people who choose to follow a specific tradition of a church without the heart’s desire to know their Deity. Only you know for sure if you have that heart connection or not.
My desire in upcoming posts is to introduce you to the simplest way I have found to follow Christ and the traditions I have chosen to add to my connection with him. I will share some of the most popular traditions in the Christian community as well as some that may not be as well known.
Perhaps you are feeling like you’re drowning in a sea of busyness of religious practices, rules, and regulations and you just want to get back to the basics. I hope you’ll join me for some simple ways to approach your faith path in Christ instead of jumping ship and tossing the whole thing out. It’s ok to take a break from all the traditions and re-examine them to see if they fit in with where you are in your journey. God’s mercy is new every day and is grace is sufficient.