The answers to all the questions a person might have, regarding Christianity, can be found in The Bible.
A lot of questions are answered directly, but if not, then indirectly.
Because of one particular truth, we can have insight into another.
Life is full of questions, especially about the hereafter. The answers are either crystal clear in the Bible, or shrouded in mystery.
Some questions are difficult to answer, others simple.
A lot of us get stumped regarding such hereafter questions, and indeed questions on how to behave and what to believe in – in this life – never mind the one to come.
Then also, people’s spiritual experiences differ from person to person. Differ, either in kind, or in intensity.
Many are either confused or open to everything and anything under the ‘spiritual’ label, going astray in their desperate quest for the right and real thing. The real McCoy as we say.
Some gullible, fall prey to evil disguised as good, attaching themselves to some ‘ulterior motive-type’ cult.
We need to exercise great caution about what we ‘sign up to’ spiritually.
Yet we can close ourselves – out of hand – to anything ‘spiritual’, without due consideration and proper search/research.
Perhaps one of the most common reasons that non-Christian folks do not entertain the gospel message, is because of the failure of it’s adherents.
All sincere Christians who are found confessing Christ as their Saviour, wish that it were true, that they lived as perfectly as others expect them too, because of the profession and confession they are often heard verbalising to others, in the hope that they too might become followers.
Christians with their imperfections and shortcomings, are a hindrance to others believing in Christ. The reasoning of the unbelievers can go something like this:
“You call yourself a Christian, but you are clearly a hypocrite, that doesn’t practice what you preach and yet lay on others…”
In response to this reasoning, we can say that there is sincere failure, and hypocritical failure.
But the whole good news premise of the gospel is that: yes we will fail daily, but we find forgiveness and acceptance through genuine confession of sin.
It is often true that the most difficult person to forgive is oneself.
In a particular incident the very thing that Christ’s audience accused Him of and rejected Him for – was the very thing He did for the wholeness of mankind. (Matthew 9):
When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.”
3 And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, “This Man blasphemes!”
4 But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? 5 For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise and walk’? 6 But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” 7 And he arose and departed to his house.
So God being willing to forgive was shunned. God in Christ standing before them was unrecognised and rejected.
So the true Christian, very much aware of his own sins, has come to Christ and asked for forgiveness. Christ Jesus is faithful and willing to forgive, regardless of how many times we drop the ball, whether in a major or minor way.
But because we profess to Follow Jesus Christ, – others simply want to reject us because something is missing in our ‘performance’, in their eyes.
We don’t conform exactly to their expectations. We may have idiosyncrasies, not necessarily to do with morality, we may worship in a manner not appealing to them. We may have made a real mistake and are post-forgiveness, but they will never forget it, and hold it against us. They may hear of something in our pre-Christian believing life, and they hold this against us still.
Others pick on minor faults that we still have, to justify themselves in their rejection of Christ and His message.
Christians availing themselves of God’s unmerited favour and finding forgiveness when they fail – and yes sometimes though failing miserably – need to know in whom they have believed. And realise that:
[ God’s Everlasting Love ] What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
If God the supreme judge of the universe is willing to forgive us, we can with Paul humbly say:
1 Corinthians 4:2-4 King James Version (KJV)
2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.
3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self.
4 For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord.
There is a time when we must stand in the confidence of sins forgiven and in God’s promises, regardless of what others might think of us or hold against us.
This privilege have those who truly and sincerely give their lives over to the God-man Christ Jesus, who will ever – be lovingly correcting us, but has totally accepted us – when we accept Him as Lord of our lives.
For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again,
But the wicked stumble in time of disaster and collapse.