Why become a Christian?
I tend rather to think about the reasons why someone would not become a Christian:
1. You have to adopt a peculiar ethic. This means abstaining from things which are often fun and enjoyable.
2. You have to live a life of sacrifice for others.
3. You have to love your enemies.
4. You have to pray for those that persecute you.
5. You have to admit your inability to satisfy your own deepest desires.
6. You have to face the living God.
7. You have to join a community of people who will betray, fail, disappoint, frustrate, anger, and annoy you. And love them.
8. You have to abstain from using force and manipulation to get your way.
9. You have to become as a little child.
10. You have to believe that God became incarnate through a virgin birth, died, rose again, will return someday to judge, and has sent His holy Spirit to literally indwell you.
I don’t see why anyone would choose willingly to adopt this set of requirements, unless of course, they have met and experienced God.
Thanks to a mention by Chrys on facebook, this is getting a lot of attention from Atheists who follow her, many who appear to have wrongly assumed a number of things about what it is I meant to highlight.
It is NOT a list of what Christians are always like. Often we fail to live up to our calling and that which we claim.
It is NOT boasting that Christians are better.
It is NOT boasting that being a Christian is “soooooo hard”.
It is NOT in any way saying that non-Christians cannot or do not do any of these things.
The point is that many things on this list are not in and of themselves attractive or the natural position adopted, and that they would not normally be adopted in and of themselves. The point is that it is an experience of a person which has persuaded us (well, me and the guy who write this at least) to adopt these. That’s all.