What do you believe?2
Have you ever taken a moment to stop and think about what you really believe? What is about the Christian message that attracts you and how you would communicate that to someone who is of a different worldview? I recently had the opportunity to do this as an assignment for an apologetics class I’ve taken. I think so often we hold onto core beliefs but until we are asked, we fail to be able to communicate those beliefs and the Christian message in a clear and succinct way. I’m sharing what I wrote below. I’d love to hear your response on what it is about the Christian message that most speaks to you!
“My belief is not in a religion but in a relationship. I believe in the greatest love story ever told. That the world was created by God, through love, to know Him in relationship. We were created by a God who wants to be intimately involved with His creation and we know this to be true because He has revealed Himself through Christ. A true relationship of love where we were given the choice to love. But when there’s a choice to love there’s also the choice not to love. We chose to live life on our own apart from God and have been dealing with the consequences since. Even so, God did not turn His back on us and has been putting things in motion to bring us back home. The sin, or “missing of the mark” of God’s perfection, in all of us is what separates us from God. Because He is just, He must punish sin and us for breaking His law. Because He is love, He didn’t want us to take that punishment. The love story is that of a God who was making all things right by re-creating that which was lost. A God who entered our world and took the punishment that we deserved upon Himself. A God who gives us forgiveness and new life not on the basis of what we do but on the basis of faith in what He did. A God who, as Ravi says, didn’t come to make bad people good but to make dead people alive. The free gift is salvation through the death and resurrection of His Son Jesus in which sinful mankind is reconciled to a just and loving God. and this new life is His answer to suffering, to broken relationships, and to our sin. Faith in Christ is what gives us new life and hope because it is no longer I who live but He who lives in me through the Holy Spirit. I can now know God more intimately because He now lives in me. This gift of the Holy Spirit is how I know that I am not only forgiven but that He is making me a new person and shaping me into the image of His Son Jesus to now live with Him forever. This is not religion, this is relationship.”