Friday, March 7, 2008
Through the internet, I get a chance to meet all kinds of people, but the ones I seem to come across very frequently in the things I do are professing Christians. These are the type of people who would say, "Yes, I'm a Christian because Joel Osteen told me how to have my best life now!", "Yes, I'm a Christian even though I don't believe in a virgin birth, miracles, or a literal resurrection!", or "Yes, I'm a believer because I think the foul-mouthed profanity and irreverent behavior of Mark Driscoll is relevant to me because I like to do that stuff, too!" When dealing with these people more and more, though, the easier I've been able to spot when an argument is going to come from someone who professes to believe in Christ, but their actions don't line up. So instead of going further, from the outset I've simply been asking them, "Do you believe in Jesus Christ?" Of course they say, "Yes." I then follow it up with this:
In my dealings so far, I've received all kinds of answers and even people dodging the question, but not once has someone said,
"I believe in Christ because of God's mercy and grace alone. Otherwise, I'd still be hating Christ in my unbelief and be already condemned forever." (John 3:18)
It's something to think about. Why do you believe in Christ?
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