Why is Christianity so Difficult?

why is Christianity so hard?Why is Christianity so hard? It’s not. Not if you’re all in. What I’ve found in myself and observing others is that if you live your life for yourself, you’ll experience a certain level of comfort, or, if not comfort, then at least some measure of self gratification. But if you give yourself completely to Christ, you’ll experience an abundant life–the best life possible. It’s when you or I are in between that it gets hard.

Jesus said the Christian life is narrow (Matthew 7:13-14), but he never said it’s hard. In fact he said it’s easy. (Matthew 11:28-30) The thing is, it doesn’t become easy until you’re all in. Jesus said he came so we could have a rich abundant life (John 10:10), but you and I won’t experience that rich abundant life unless we connect with Christ to the fullest extent we can.

I think many Christians today find Christianity hard because they’re not disciples. It might seem like a paradox but the deeper you go in Christ, the richer and more abundant your life becomes. You love God more. You grow more. You love people more. And you also lose yourself, and that part can be scary. You lose yourself because your focus turns away from you and toward loving God and loving people. That idea can be frightening. It’s frightening because we don’t want to let go of ourselves. We fear losing the self-life. But if you ever have the courage to try it, if you ever find the courage to just plunge into Jesus Christ and become a real follower of him and his words, you’ll discover what many have discovered before you:

Intimacy with Jesus results in the best life possible.

“For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.” -Jesus Christ, Matthew 16:25

Lose yourself in Jesus Christ, and see what happens to your life.

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The Answer to Proverbs 4:7 + 1 Corinthians 1:24 = X

Bible verse equation answer Proverbs 4:7 1 Corinthians 1:24

Last post I asked you to solve the equation: Proverbs 4:7 + 1 Corinthians 1:24 = X

We had some great responses to this equation in the comments section. In this post I’ll share my own solution. (If this is your first time seeing this equation, and you want to solve it yourself, stop now and look up the Proverbs 4:7 and 1 Corinthians 1:24)

Bible Verse Equation Answer

Proverbs 4:7 says, “Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” (NIV) And the same verse in the King James version says, “Wisdom is the principal thing.”

1 Corinthians 1:24 says that Jesus Christ is the wisdom of God.

So from those scriptures I come to this solution: Proverbs 4:7 + 1 Corinthians 1:24 =

Jesus Christ is the principal thing. Get Jesus. Though it cost all you have, get Jesus.

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Where Wisdom is Given Abundantly and for Free

God wisdom

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not… James 1:5

You know that guy who’s intimidating. The one who makes you feel like he’s unapproachable. Maybe at some point he had information you needed, but you didn’t ask him for it did you? You didn’t ask him for it because you were afraid he’d come down on you if you did.

Well God won’t respond like that.

I’ve read James 1:5 at least a dozen times, but I never saw it until this morning. What it says is that God will never come down on you when you ask Him for wisdom.

So ask Him.

God was pleased when Solomon asked for wisdom. He’ll be pleased when you do too.

“Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”

The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. 1 Kings 3:7-10

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Why is Christianity So Restrictive?

Why is Christianity so restrictive

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The Bible Says No, and Obnoxious Christians

I understand. You don’t see why people shouldn’t be allowed to have sex before getting married. And there’s plenty of other restrictions in the Bible that don’t make sense to you either. And that Christian guy you know who prays that God will help him beat the next level of Candy Crush, and the Christian lady who has the bumper sticker that says, “After the rapture, you’ll wish your car had a Christian bumper sticker,” well–they are really obnoxious about what the Bible says not to do. And there’s no logic to some of it. It doesn’t make sense. It’s just too restrictive.

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RC Sproul on Truth and the Age of the Earth

So R.C. Sproul stands in front of a seminary class and asks the question, “How many of you believe God’s revelation in scripture is infallible?” They all raised their hand.

Then he asked, “Well how many of you believe God’s revelation in nature is infallible?” Nobody raised their hand. “How can that be?” Sproul asks. “It’s the same God giving the revelation.”

All truth is God’s truth.

You might want to check out the video. Sproul says it so much better than I can.

Profile of a Doubter: Genuine Seeker (Part 9)

Profile of a Doubter

Let’s Also Go, So We Can Die With Him

So you’re a doubter. Or maybe you know someone who is. You might be interested to hear the story of a doubter in the Bible.

Here’s the scene: The Jews tried to kill Jesus in Judea near Jerusalem. So Jesus is hanging with his disciples a safe distance away in the area of Jericho. It’s then that Jesus hears about his good friend coming down with a fatal illness. People are begging him to come and help because things have gotten to the point where he’s the only possible solution. The only problem is Jesus’ friend has fallen ill near Jerusalem. So if Jesus goes to help, he’ll have to return to the same area where the Jews just tried to assassinate him. But Jesus says, without any apparent concern, “Let’s go there again.”

The disciples react, they say, “The Jews just tried to stone you, and you’re going there again?”

And it’s at this point that Thomas, commonly known as “Doubting Thomas,” says something amazing. He says, Continue reading