When you hear the name Jesus what comes to mind? A good man, a moral teacher, a healer of the sick, a fraud? And what about Christianity? Isn’t it just another religion? Most people never really get around to thinking about Jesus seriously. Think for a moment. Have you ever given Christianity and Jesus serious thought? Have you ever tested the claims of the Bible to see if they are true? Did you know that there is considerable evidence to support what the Bible claims? What would it mean for you if Christianity’s claims are true?
What might surprise you is that Christianity is not a religion. Yes, you read that correctly. Christianity is not a religion – it’s a relationship. When God created the world he made mankind in his image. We are capable of loving others, we can be amazingly creative, we can design and build great works of engineering and we can achieve great things when we work together. We can be kind, compassionate, friendly and accepting. But we can also be harsh, cruel, resentful, unforgiving and terribly selfish. We like doing things our own way, or in other words, we like being able to decide right from wrong ourselves. We desire freedom. We want autonomy. We want to do it our way. As a result sin entered our world. But look where our ‘freedom’ from God has got us. Our world is all stuffed up. Although we were created by God to live in a relationship with him, we have spoiled that and run away from our loving Creator.
We are rebels against God’s rightful rule over us. Every single one of us. We might not like to admit it, but we are all sinful. Like the saying goes: “no one is perfect.” In fact, in God’s eyes, we are about as far from perfect as you can get. Lying, cheating, stealing, rudeness, murder, gossip, and adultery are all examples of sins that God hates. Terrible things have happened because of sin. We choose to live life our way – and we ignore God.
The good news is that God does not ignore us. In fact, he very much wants to be with us – to live in us. God has a universe to run, but more than anything in all creation he wants to have that relationship with you restored. Why? Because he loves you and loves you deeply. That’s why he sent his only Son, Jesus, to take the punishment that we all rightly deserve. Sins penalty is death, but because of his undeserving grace for us, Jesus’ death on the cross nearly 2000 years ago enables us to have our sins forgiven and our relationship with our Creator restored. And so he calls us to make a choice…
We cannot – and must not – ignore this choice. The Bible claims that there are only two ways to live. Our way or God’s way. The first way leads ultimately to ruin and the other to “life to the full” – the life we were created for. To explore Christianity in six simple, easy-to-read steps please click on the image below.