There are only three things you need to know to be a true Christian and live by faith; God exists, Gods power is Love and Christ will show you The Way. Having unwavering faith based on these three beliefs forms the core of your relationship with God.
Jesus was ahead of the pack from the beginning. He foresaw it all. He warned to beware of false teachers and charismatics that charm you but bring all the attention to themselves. Jesus called out the Jews of his day precisely for that reason. Their faith was about outward appearances and not about true faith to God.
The biggest challenges for me as a Pastor are convincing non-believing people that God does exist, and then, guiding those willing to accept the journey to the right place to find God.
These few words could be the most undervalued words Jesus spoke, and the most misunderstood.
Be honest with yourself; you don’t fear the existence of a God, that is, any God in any form, because you don’t believe it is possible for such an entity to exist based on facts, science, rational thought, and so on.
Paul said, “stumbling block.” He chose his words very wisely, as always. He didn’t say we’re doomed by simple behaviors. He meant that sometimes the simplest of acts, even as innocuous as eating, can trip you into places that you didn’t expect you’d go. He was talking about being “mindful”. Western religions don’t overtly speak in terms of mindfulness. That’s a very eastern understanding of spiritual development.
Humans have accomplished great things in the humanities, sciences and arts. We also unleashed many errors. Our varying cultures are well and good, like the practice of gift giving on Christmas, but more important is our spiritual right to Gods great love and the receiving and union with the Spirit that is Holy, all of which has been made possible by the birth Jesus of Nazareth, The Christ.
In therapy I had this woman who was extremely smart and professional. I went in like an artist and thinker, a punk who needed to grow up. I was preposterously defensive. (It’s hysterical looking back at yourself).
You’ll end up dreaming about complex ideas in the full IMAX effect and live in a state of philosophical inquiry all day long.
Coming across someone who has an abundance of the Spirit inside them is a wonder. You can feel it just being around them. Some describe it like a beautiful warmth or a strange new kind of love. It’s like being around a spirit of joy, happiness, renewal, energy, clarity, and peace.