You’re still with me? Great! ‘Cuz this final post is a tad longish…and by “a tad”, I mean, “very”… 🙂
We’ve talked a bit about how Christianity is indeed a religion. Jesus didn’t give up heaven, live as a human, suffer, die, and rise from the dead simply so you could live however you want and ignore His commands.
He died so His people would live, and now lives so they will never die!
That should mean something.
If you desire to follow Jesus but don’t want to obey His commands, there is something very wrong. In fact, if you come across a Christian who’s message is simply “all you need to do is believe”, that person is telling you the truth for sure, but he’s only giving you the beginning of the story…
Matthew 28:18–20 (ESV) (18) And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. (19) Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (20) teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
What did Jesus say? His disciples are expected to make disciples by baptizing and teaching. But teach what? Is it simply things about Jesus? Jesus tells us that we are to teach His disciples obedience, and specifically, obedience to His commands.
If you call yourself a Christian, but do not want to obey Jesus’ commands, something is very wrong.
It’s not that obedience saves you, it’s that obedience is a natural outflow of a heart that beats for God. If you love God, you should obey Him. True belief produces change because true belief is the result of the Holy Spirit making you a new creation.
But the obedience part of religion, and the fuller understanding that comes with growth is a topic of another post. This is about the belief part of religion. When we teach people about Jesus, what do we teach them? When they believe, what do we expect them to believe? Continue reading