Why Did We Choose to be Christians?

We didn't choose to be Christians. We're Christians because our parents are Christians.

I have heard this question asked often, usually by non-Christians who may be unhappy or suffering where they are, and want to try something different, seeking blessings from a real God. I have genuine respect for all religions and people; I don't condone criticizing other religions. I feel for the atheist for example, who thought it was so cool when they chose to become atheist, but when tragedy hit, they didn't know what to do. They get the urge to get on their knees to pray, but find themselves in a dire dilemma. To this person I say, there is nothing wrong with turning back to the only true God of the Bible. Look at this website; it has a different perspective than the usual cliché answers you've been getting from churches. There is a much clearer picture here that I'm sure you'll like.

 

On this page I focus on the Christian facts. My main objective is to bring a different perspective, from a true Christian believer, to help you with your research on the subject.

Let's face it, most Christians today are Christians because their parents are Christians. They did not research the subject or look at other religions, then decided to choose Christian. Obviously, it is the same with all other religions; they all follow their ancestors’ choices. But let’s go back in time and look at a period when people converted from whatever they were in, to Christianity. There were two types of conversions:

 

Converted to Christians By Force

Like many other religions, the Christian religion had its own shameful chapters in history, where certain people and governments hijacked the name of Christianity to accomplish their agendas. So force was used to convert people, example in South America and the Crusaders. I agree it was not proper Christian behavior; nowhere in the New-Testament Bible does it mention or encourage this type of behavior. In fact it was the exact opposite. Jesus instructed us to "love our enemies". If you're thinking, what about the old-testament killing driven by God? I have a page on my website: God-Driven Killings in the Old-Testament.

Peaceful Conversions to Christianity

And we also had peaceful conversions of people to Christianity. One perfect example was in the days of the Apostle Paul. Paul was a Jew who became Christian shortly after the death and resurrection of Jesus. He traveled all across the Mediterranean from Israel to Rome, passing through the coastal countries along the way, example Greece, preaching the good news about Jesus. Most of these places at the time believed in a variety of gods: gods of Olympus, sun, moon, stars, statues, hand-made figurines, etc.. But after Paul explained to them the story of the invisible only true God of the universe and His son Jesus who’s sacrifice on the cross saved all who believed in Him, many converted to Christianity.

 

That is a very significant vote for Christianity!  Who converts from the religion of their ancestors to another? And conversions in masses! Don’t take my word for it. Check public records and history books. Note that if you look at history books, you will also see violence and government-mandated Christian converting by force in those regions at that time. But careful, let's not mix things up! When Paul started his mission, and arrived on the scene in ancient Greece for example, there were only pagans who had been worshipping the twelve gods of Olympus. And had been in that pagan religion for more than 1000 years. He talked to them, and many converted. But the violence started some time later, when the conversions reached government officials. Then they started mandating Christianity by force, etc.. A similar chronology of events happened in the rest of the region, including Rome.

 

You may say, but I read that Paul performed miracles to them, which obviously helped in that mass conversion. Good point! Yes, he did. And he was not a magician; people would have seen through that. That leaves only one explanation. Paul proclaimed the story of Jesus and backed it up with real miracles. This had to be the only explanation of why people denounced their cherished ancestors’ religion, and followed Christianity. What other religion can do this, peacefully? It is impossible.

Paul made sure not to disrespect their common beliefs. He did not go in bashing their idol worshipping and telling them they're all going to hell. He started by talking about the “unknown god”, which was an actual one of their gods. And he asked if this "unknown god" could actually be the real invisible God, creator of heaven and earth. This was how he got their attention. And it grew from there.

This large conversion during the time of Paul was only one example of peaceful conversions. Another example was the Jewish people during Jesus time. Many of them converted, after listening to Jesus, and seeing His miracles. And also later through the teachings and miracles of His disciples. We all know it was impossible to convince a Jewish person descendant from the 12 tribes of Israel, following Moses' teachings, to believe in anything different. Jesus and His disciples were not influential speakers nor magicians! Obviously what the Jewish people saw and heard was enough to get them to believe that Jesus was indeed the promised messiah, and converted to Christians.

Don't listen to those always trying to discredit the validity of the Bible. "An antiquated book, translated many times" etc., making up false claims about the validity of its miracles. People will be people; always with some kind of an agenda. Those who want their religion to be right, and all others wrong, those who believe in nothing always attacking all religions including Christianity, and those making a sensational report about the Bible for financial profits because they know this is what people want to hear. And I know you want to ask me, "what about you?" One big difference with me: I'm not bashing other religions and I'm not selling anything. I'm only pointing to the Biblical facts to help you in your search for the true God.

A few other Christian facts:

The Christian religion is the only Religion who's prophet is alive in the flesh today; Jesus seated at the right-hand of God in heaven. And through Him, a spiritual path to eternal life is provided to all who genuinely believe in Him, even those whose "bad deeds out-number their good deeds," which is the criteria used by most other religions. 

But careful, this is not to be misinterpreted as open license to sin. if you’re eying Christianity with the wrong attitude about sin, then you're going about it all wrong. God knows the hearts; He sees all the way to our core. Nothing is hidden from Him (as stated in the book of Psalms in the Bible). Believing in Jesus also means that we like what He likes and hate what He hates. And Jesus hates sin. So a true Christian, even though may still sin, truly hates sin just as Jesus hates sin. And therefore, a true Christian is always genuinely repentant of their sin. Meaning you have that genuine feeling of wanting to stop sinning and reconcile with God. Then as you mature spiritually, you will stop sinning because you want to stop, not because you're forced to. If you don’t feel repentance, then you’re not a true believer. In other words, becoming a Christian is not your license to sin and still go to heaven! Making sure I don't mislead you :).

For Christians, the only way to eternal life is through Jesus. And the Bible makes it clear that all are invited to this salvation. All people alive today, of all religions, or atheists, all are invited to believe in Jesus and receive His gift of salvation. God clearly intended this for all the people on earth, with no exceptions. How do I know? It is stated in many places in the Bible; one example in the parable in Luke 14:15-24.

I’ll tell you a secret from the Bible. Not all those who are labeled “Christians”, as in belonging to a social club, will get into heaven later. Only true Christian believers will, according to these Bible references:

Matthew 15:7-8

Jesus said to the Jews: Isaiah the prophet was right when he prophesied about you, "These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me."

Matthew 7:21

Jesus said “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven."

Matthew 7:23

Jesus said: "Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’".

Matthew 7:13-14

13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

Therefore, it's not about what the various Christians of this world think of themselves. It's about what God thinks of them.

Take a look around on this website. You'll find good explanations of how God accomplishes this salvation through His grace. The God of the Bible is a loving God. He desires that all people be saved by accepting His grace through believing that Jesus is His son who died for our sins to give us a path to salvation. I agree it is embarrassing with all the Christian denominations out there having various messages, strange rules, and ways. But I urge you to look at the links here on the Home screen of this website. This website shows a different perspective; it shows the true description of the Christian Bible, uninfluenced by any Denominations. It could transform your life. God would pour out His blessings on you, here on earth, and give you eternal life in the next age.

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