Tuesday, August 12, 2014

What does it mean to be a True Christian (Part 2)

What does it mean to be a true Christian?
A true Christian is someone who has come to believe in the true Gospel and is now living in accordance with it.
In order to believe, you must first hear and understand the Gospel. Click here to read my explanation about the true Gospel.
To believe is to be convinced that something is more true than not true. So to believe in the Gospel is to be convinced that it is more true than not true. It does not mean that I have to be absolutely sure before I can believe. Life will be impossible if we are to believe in that way. In fact, we will never believe anything if we require absolute proof. You cannot get on a bus, or see a doctor, or go to school, etc., if you’re waiting for absolute proof. Instead you decide based on enough supportive evidence that is beyond reasonable doubt. In other words, there is enough evidence for you to say that something is probably more true than not true, and any reasonable person who, given the actual facts, and withholding any bias or intellectual dishonesty, will probably come to the same conclusion. In other words, true belief is always reasonable, because it has considered the evidence at hand. It is not actually a leap in the dark. Instead it is a leap with enough light to support the leap, even though there may be some darkness around you. True belief does not mean you don’t have doubts. True believing is being certain about something in spite of the doubts. Doubts are part of believing. You overcome them in time, especially if you are given more evidence to overcome them. That’s why there’s such a thing as growing in faith. In terms of Christianity, true belief is being convinced more and more about Jesus Christ – who He is, what He has done, what He has promised to do to those who would believe in Him, etc.
Here are some Scriptures to reflect upon for you to understand what I mean.
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1)
16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. (Matthew 28:16-17)
23 “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” 24 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:23-24)

17 Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position. 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen. (2 Peter 3:17-18)
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