We’ve finally reached a consensus…
How to Live a Good Christian Life
This article will guide you into living a good Christian life. You will read about ways you can grow closer to God, ways to spread the faith, and some basic morals and ethics that God wants us to live by.
If you read over the comments and other sections you would find that this page is the result of a significant number of people working together to create what they all finally agree is the definitive statement on what it means to live a good Christian life.
It’s just annoying enough to be worth the time. Let’s take it apart:
1. Follow Jesus’ greatest commandment: Love God, love your neighbour and love yourself.
Jesus was restating the entirety of the law in one sentence — and demonstrating that no one gets there. Under the new covenant, this is what Jesus does in you — not something you attain via your own effort.
2. Acknowledge you’re a sinner and then repent. Realize that conversion is not simply one act but the beginning of a life-long struggle. Don’t be hard on yourself if and when you fail, pick yourself up and trust in God.
Little problem here, the Greek word for repent means to experience a change of mind — it’s not about your behaviour.
3. Read your Bible. You can really learn a lot from this.
Like the apostles read their Bibles — which were not yet written… When they talked about the “Word of God,” they were talking about God talking, and them listening.
4. Spend time in prayer.
Nope — Jesus doesn’t want you on your knees — He wants to walk and talk with you all day every day — as a friend, not as a religious experience.
5. Try to see the perspectives of others, even if you personally disagree with them.
Now it’s starting to sound like a cross between a Miss Manners guide and Post-modernist ramblings — where is this in the Bible?
6. Be patient with people who anger you; work on trying to forgive those who may have hurt you. You must learn to love your enemies. God loves everyone, and we need to, also. Say farewell to selective loving. If you have a hard time loving your enemies, pray to God for help.
[Sarcasm]Yep, ’cause it’s all about my effort — rather than about what Christ does in me…[/Sarcasm]
7. Work and pray to the best of your abilities to help others.
That sentence doesn’t even make sense.
8. Treat others kindly as you would like to be treated. Even simple acts of kindness like holding a door open for someone are good deeds.
Nothing more than a restatement of #1 — and under the same heading.
9. Volunteer to help people. For example, you could take a shift at a soup kitchen near you, help with a Christmas effort to give gifts to the poor on Christmas, or visit a people staying in a nursing home.
Why oh why do we consider Mormons, J.W.’s and the like cults — we teach the same performance-based religion… If Jesus doesn’t do it in me — then forget it. It ain’t happening…
10. Remain modest and remember that pride can be dangerous. Pride is said to be the mother of all sins because pride resides in each one of us and the source of all of our sin is ourselves.
Oh, except, it seems there is a little problem of being given a new heart in place of the old one (which, yes, was desperately wicked) — and Paul was rather fond of calling us saints — not sinners…
11. Share your beliefs and spread the good news. Remember, living the Christian life through your actions will make others want to follow God. Always stick up for your beliefs.
So, let me get this straight: Being good — however I define that — and arguing with others (Who presumably don’t meet my expectations) is going to make people want to hang out with Jesus? (This is too easy — it’s like shooting fish in a barrel…)
12. Understand that Christians believe God said they would be persecuted for their beliefs, so do not allow others’ attacks to weaken your faith.
Truer words have never been spoken — freedom is always under persecution — from religion.
I think Steve McVey said it best in his book Grace Land when he said:
“The underlying foundation of all religion is performance – whether it’s a tribal dance around a campfire to satisfy the fire god, or a dead religious activity performed week after week by an evangelical Christian with the intent of impressing his God. It’s all religious performance, and God isn’t impressed by our performance. What impresses Him is faith.”