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Sunday, April 16, 2006
Happy Easter!

My cousin posted a bulletin after she watched "The Passion". She was asking some questions about Christianity and I replied to her. Then she posted a bulletin with my reply, so I figured I'd post it too. It's basically about the core elements of Christianity. It's Easter, so I figured it's fitting.

Let me address a few of the things you said. First, about feeling unworthy. Everyone feels unworthy. Everyone. That's the whole thing about Christianity though. It's not based on things you do, or good deeds you've done. No one goes to heaven because of how many homeless shelters they helped build, or because of how much money they gave or donated. God loves us so much that he gave his only to pay for our sins. God is very serious about sin. So much so, that the penalty is death. If you choose to live a life apart from God and Jesus while you are on Earth, then God will allow you to live a life apart from him in the afterlife as well. There is nothing you or I or anyone will ever be able to do to earn our way into heaven. That's why God sent his son. Jesus was a perfect man. No sin. Not one time did he look at a girl and think about her sexually, he never stole, cheated, lied, etc etc. However, he was nailed to a cross and died so that you and I would have eternal life. The only way into heaven is to believe that Jesus is God's son, and that he died on the cross for you. It's called the ABC prayer. Admit you're a sinner. Believe that Jesus died for your sins, and Commit your life to him.

God did it this way(among other reasons), with his son dying for us, so that no one would ever be able to boast and say that they are saved by works. Once you do the ABC's, you're in. That's it.

You don't have to feel unworthy. Because when Jesus was on the cross, he had you in mind. He did it so you could spend eternal life with him. And God loves Kristina so much, that he sent his only son to die, so you could spend eternity with him. You have to think of God as your father. You wouldn't feel unworthy if your dad bought you a new car, or if your dad did something really nice for you would you? No. He's your dad, he loves you. It's kind of the same thing. God is your father and therefor you don't have to feel unworthy.

Then you said you feel like once you do something wrong, you're going to hell. That brings me back to the other great thing I explained above, is that once you do the ABC's, you're in. Case closed. You can never do anything, and I mean anything that would send you to hell once you have accepted Christ. That includes murder, affairs, stealing, etc etc. Believe it or not Kristina, even though you might think you go through your thinking you haven't sinned, you have. We all sin. Everyday. Thoughts, actions, everything. We all sin everday. And to God, all sin is the same. Sin is Sin. It says in the bible that to God, murder is the same as lying. It's sin. And sin is defined as "Anything that separates us from God." So have peace knowing that nothing you ever do will remove God's love from you and send you to hell. It's impossible. God will never ever turn his back on you. And even if you feel like he is, look around and realize that it's you that drifted from him, because he always stays put.

You said you feel that if you don't pray everyday that God won't accept you. Which again brings us back to the "let no man boast about his works" thing. You're not going to get more accepted by God if you read your bible everyday. You're not going to gain anymore favor or lose anymore based on what you do. You're not saved by works. You are saved by Grace.

Grace is the best thing ever. Because grace is this: A free gift that you didn't deserve. We didn't deserve a sinless man to die for us. He did it because he loved us. At any moment, Jesus could have snapped his fingers and broken out of those chains, or caused his captors to die. But he didn't. He loved you so much that he wanted you to spend eternity with him. So, he gave you a gift you didn't deserve: his life.

And about the Bible having some far fetched stories, yes, some of them seem pretty crazy. But every single one of them are true. In those days people needed things like that in order to believe in something (burning bushes, serpents turning into snakes, parting of the ocean). But once Jesus came along and started doing miracles, he taught that he was the way to heaven, and to believe in him. Some people today say God doesn't perform miracles anymore like he used to. But I disagree. Think about people on their death beds coming out of a coma. Or think about only 2800 people dying on 9/11 when over 10,000 people worked in those two buildings.

I love you Kristina. You're awesome.
posted by Ricky @ 4:09 PM  
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    Where are all your comments? Does no one love you anymore?

    Awesome commentary.

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