A few years ago wealthy media tycoon and yacht racing champion Ted Turner made the unequivocal statement that “Christianity is a religion for losers.” Many Christians who heard this remark were offended by Turner’s dismissal of believers.
However, in one respect the verbal Turner was correct. Christianity is for people who realize they can’t get through life alone. It is for people who have come to the conclusion they need help. It’s not for those who profess that they are so self-sufficient they can get through life and succeed all on their own.
People who have so much self-confidence or self-belief that they think they are intelligent enough and strong enough to thrive in this world without any outside help don’t think they need Christianity.
But what exactly is this Christianity which believers thinks help them navigate the sometimes stormy waters of this world? Christianity without Christ would just be an empty religion, dogma or ritual.
Intellectual belief isn’t going to solve the problems of this world with which man must grapple to survive. And simply performing religious activities won’t help people. People who go to churches and light candles or who go to Bible studies do not necessarily have faith in God.
Under real Christianity a person has to turn his life over to God and give Him full control. Opening a person’s heart to God and trusting Him and letting Him do what is necessary with a person’s life is what is required. Not A Fan by Kyle Idlewood is an excellent book about it not being enough to merely admire God and think He’s a great sort of superhuman.
The Gospels tell us Jesus wasn’t impressed with mere fans who admired Christ, but who would not sacrifice for Him.
A person who doesn’t turn complete control of his life over to God can be compared to a patient who goes to the hospital with cancer. He virtually lives in the hospital, but he refuses to let the doctors give him chemotherapy or operate or provide any sort of treatment for his illness.
A hospital is in fact the best place to hide if a person wants to convince others he’s getting his problem treated when he is actually not, according to the book Everything You Always Wanted To Know About God (but were afraid to ask).
Mere belief in the existence of God doesn’t cut it either. Even Satan and his demons believe in the existence of God.
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