1 John 2:15-17, 22-25, 27
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever… Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist—he denies the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also. See that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. And this is what he promised us—even eternal life… As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.

In recent days, I have been exploring the web  to understand what non-believing christians find contentious about the christian faith. As expected, there are thousands of articles and videos that cast doubt on the very existence of God, let alone the christian God and there are many christians who have responded to some of these challenges either successfully or not. Believing is the most critical part of our faith and knowing why we believe is critical as well when we hope to share what Christ has done for us. Questions like the need for a God, the authenticity of the Bible, the worth of a God who does not save people from suffering, etc. are hard questions and because we cannot get an answer, it might cause us to doubt if our faith is correctly placed in the first place. How then can God remind us to hold firm to our faith when we do not have answers to basic issues such as these?The christian faith is not a religion but a relationship and relationships are only possible when people relate to each other. Having a real relationship with Jesus is what the christian faith is about and without it, we are just involved in rituals therefore rendering our belief as futile. This statement might reduce christianity from being the world’s largest followed faith to a fraction of a fraction of its size but that is the reality. Jesus asked if we are willing to give up everything we have by way of family, possessions, riches, careers, pride, respect, etc. and take up the cross to follow Him and only those who were willing did He call God’s chosen people. When we are saved by God’s grace, we are reminded that we are no longer of this world and that we should spend our remaining days glorifying God and sharing our hope with those around us. Critical to this walk is the word of God and an active relationship with God which will keep us on the straight and narrow and avoid us falling to the Devil’s schemes. If you have doubts about your faith or if you need to put your faith in a God, ask Jesus to reveal himself to you and through that you will know the truth. I pray that you will examine your belief and see if the conviction you once had is based on a relationship or a religious requirement.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

John 14:23 Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.
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Comments
  1. I appreciate this so much, the explaining that it’s about the relationship. I think that is one thing that really differentiates Christianity from other religions. Our God is alive and well and we can have a real relationship with Him. I would be sunk if I was just going through the motions of rituals. It becomes such a need to be with Him . . .like breathing. I pray that many who are questioning and seeking, read your posts and decide to come to the One who loves them and died for them. 🙂 Thank you, Vineet!

  2. ServantBoy says:

    Debbie,
    As I continue to walk with the Lord and speak of His love to those around me, I find it a real challenge trying to reason with those who chose not to reason. In recent months, I have been challenged by an old classmate from uni days on the relevance of God, the need for God and such and in all of our discussion, one challenge that I have found people have with religion is rituals and blind faith whereas with Christ, there is nothing without the relationship. Thank you for being gracious with your words and I pray that many will be led to Christ through God’s faithful serving His love to the world. You and I are not ordained in sharing the word but through our lives as believers, God reveals himself to those who need help and that is such an amazing calling, just to be living our faith and pointing people to Jesus. Thank you for being faithful in your walk and for your continued encouragement. God bless you. How is your little princess? Praying for her.
    In Christ,
    Vineet

    • I am praying for you as you talk with challenging friends! Not easy to do! And thank you for praying for us! My princess is doing well, thank you! 🙂 She is still going through times of seizures, but the doctor ordered us a new prescription, so when they come on, I give this new pill to her. ( she’s on 3 other medications each day too) It is really strong and messes her up in other ways, BUT it is a blessing in that it does slow down and stop her seizures and she doesn’t go for a week of having them and not eating. Yay Jesus! 🙂 And the last major seizure she had was in bed. That’s a pretty safe place to have one. Thank You, Lord. 🙂 So glad He is helping us with all of this and thankful for you too! deb

      • ServantBoy says:

        Deb,
        When I look at my kids, I praise God that they are God’s own creation and He loves them more than we can ever love them as parents. If anything afflicts them, God must certainly feel the pain more than we can imagine being their creator and therefore I take comfort in knowing that God does not give us more than we can handle and also gives us the grace to cope with the challenges of this life. Continuing to pray for the complete healing of your precious little one who is God’s treasured possession just as you are. I love your attitude towards all the challenges your daughter is facing and the fact that Jesus can be glorified regardless of your circumstance.
        In Christ,
        Vineet

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