I am a Christian. What does that mean? When some people hear the word, they immediately think of high-toned, Catholic Mass said in Latin by some guy in a big hat. For a good number of people, the word conjures visions of Pat Robertson’s 700 Club or Jerry Falwell or James Dobson’s “Focus on the Family” (as the bumper sticker says, “Jim, focus on your own damn family”). Many people think just because they live in America, don’t murder people and are “basically good” that makes them a Christian by default. There are many different doctrinal positions people take, claiming their point of view as the Christian point of view. Are any of these visions or assumptions valid? Are all of them?
When I say I am a Christian, I mean I have an intimate, authentic, personal relationship with the God of the Universe made possible ONLY by the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ. That’s it. No doctrinal statement, no list of rules, no Latin… If you believe that and if you have that in your life, you are a Christian… Period… Nothing else matters…
So what of doctrine? I said once to a friend and new Christian that doctrines were man’s attempt to put God in a box. I said, “This is not a bad thing, as long as we realize and accept that our boxes are in God, more than God is in our boxes.”
Thanks so much for reading. I look forward to your comments.
Matty the Stranger
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