In Jesus, the Gospel and Other Essentials of the Christian Faith I gave the basics of the Christian faith. Before that I asked What is the Gospel? Readers commented with further suggestions and opinions that were great. I truly appreciate those comments. Keep them coming. Like I’ve said, I’m in the process (and it is really turning out to be a process) of Questioning Faith. This is all going some where, I think and I thank all of you who are indulging me in this endeavor. I trust my journey is edifying to others. That is kind of the point of posting these posts. That and I realize that I need all the help I can get.
It occurs to me that however important the essentials of the faith are, they are not all required in order to claim to be a Christian. A Christian being a person who has accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior and is therefore “Saved”. Really, to get the ball rolling, one needs only to accept the divinity of Jesus Christ and to place one’s faith in the Gospel. The Gospel being that Jesus lived, died for all sins, rose from the dead and ascended into Heaven. Trust in the absolute validity of that and you are saved.
The rest of the essentials and quite a few nonessentials that are more preferences than anything else serve to teach the believer who God is, who the Church is and how one is to live a life accordingly. But basically, everything needs to point to the Big Two of the divinity of Christ and His Gospel. Nothing else truly matters simply because those are the only things that have salvific consequence.
Christianity boils down to the Gospel, the Divinity of Jesus Christ, Love God with your entire being, and others as your self. That is what a Christian is.
I submit that anyone who gets that right will have a transformed life that will positively impact everyone he or she meets, the community, and even the world for Jesus and His Kingdom.
And yes, as I began to say in The Trivialization of Jesus there is much that is commonly considered “Christian” or the “Christian life-style” that I have purposely not mentioned because I am not sure that they really matter. Which is to say that I am convinced that they don’t.
But enough of what I think. What do you think about this?