I’ve become a Christian. Now what?

I’ve become a Christian. Now what?

If you want to know how to live your new life with purpose, you’ll find lots of suggestions throughout the New Testament. there is no set formula for living a purposeful Christian life as God has endowed each individual with a unique set of gifts and talents to be used according to His will. Unlike religions that specify a set of rules to live by, Christianity sets individuals free to examine the scriptures and respond to the moving of the Holy Spirit.

Throughout the centuries since Jesus was resurrected from the dead and returned to his father in heaven, followers of Christ have discovered practices that have led them to an exciting and meaningful Christian life.

Below are some ideas that have been handed down from generation to generation. As you embrace these ideas, be sure to keep in mind these words penned by King Solomon some 3,000 years ago.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your path straight.”

Proverbs 3:6,

In other words, when you put your trust in Him, God will reveal to you an exciting plan for your life. Then all you need to do is embrace and live it with a passion.

  1. Honor God in everything you do in life and work and service.
  2. Trust and Obey God always.
  3. Have a daily quiet time with Jesus
  4. Enjoy God’s presence, His Grace, His love, and feel His Peace.
  5. Pray throughout the day.
  6. Read and Study the Bible Daily.
  7. Forgive and Forgive again & again & again
  8. Love, Care and Share God’s Love more.
  9. Be a Humble and Gentle Spirit
  10.  Be a disciple of Jesus that shares the ‘Good News” as you are going in life. (The Great Commission)

Finally, remember God is Sovereign, He is in control, and He can be completely trusted. Remember, too, our broken world needs Jesus and that He Loves you.

Is gay marriage a sin?

Is gay marriage a sin?

First, let’s define sin. Sin is anything that creates a barrier between man and God. Violating God’s laws and commandments prevents one from enjoying a healthy relationship with God. Since no man or woman is capable of keeping all of God’s commandments all are sinners. So let’s look at marriage.

Marriage, the intimate relationship between a man and a woman, was established by God. Genesis 2:18-25. Marriage was established for procreation between a man and a woman. Therefore, the term “gay marriage” is a misuse of the word “marriage” as ordained by God the Creator. God’s idea for marriage was to provide a family unit as the basic building block for a fair and just and loving society. True biblical marriage creates a loving environment in which to raise children so that together the family could enjoy God’s creation and ‘fill the earth’ with a people who would come to know, love and honor their Creator.

Any other arrangements or partnership type of intimacy are opposed to God’s standard for marriage. A gay relationship, therefore, breaks God’s laws and like adultery, must be classified as sin. But, the good news is that God is merciful and will forgive sin if a sinner repents–that is turns away from his or her sinful behavior, confesses that sin to God and allows the Holy Spirit to guide him or her away from the sinful behavior. God is faithful to restore His relationship with faithful repentant sinners. God also reminds us “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God!” (Romans 3:23)

If you would like to learn about how to deal with any sin, including gay marriage, we encourage you to read our post on How to Become a Christian the first step in allowing God to show his grace in forgiving your sin.

Were the days in Genesis 24 hours or longer periods of time?

Were the days in Genesis 24 hours or longer periods of time?

We presume you are asking about the length of the days of the creation story in Genesis. Most likely, ‘day’ refers to a long period of time. Keep in mind that scholars identify the creation account in the first chapter of Genesis as poetry, not necessarily a scientific textbook. The Genesis account of creation states that the Sun and Moon were not created until the fourth day (Genesis 1:14) so the traditional idea of a 24-hour night and day is not likely.

There are sincere Bible-believing Christians today, young-earth creationists, who take the Genesis account of creation as literal 24 hour days. There is another category of believers, old earth creationists, who take the Genesis account as ‘long periods of time’ based on the Hebrew language in which the word for day can have multiple meanings. ‘YOM’ the word translated as ‘DAY’ has four definitions one of which is, a very long period of time.

Science discoveries in the past century, from which the ‘Big Bang’ theory was postulated, strongly suggest that creation took place over a long period of time, perhaps as much as 14.8 billion years. Geological evidence for the earth posits an age of 4.8 billion years. God’s creation is truly more amazing than we can ever fathom. Recent scientific discoveries suggest this there are over 100 variables that must be perfectly aligned for there to be any life forms at all on planet Earth.

As mentioned at the outset, chapter 1 of Genesis is truth told in poetry. In Bible poems mountains can ‘sing’ and trees can ‘clap their hands’ to the glory of the Lord. (Isaiah 55:12) In ancient Hebrew there is often a rhyme in rhythm to this chapter in Genesis. We are also reminded in the New Testament in 2 Peter 3:8, “With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” This is why the mystery of creation intrigues us so much as we are limited by time and space but God is not.

Finally, this does not mean that God could not create the universe in seven 24 hour days if He chose. God could have done it in 24 seconds. The evidence of science today suggests a longer period of time for creation. The truth to remember is that God is almighty and the creator of the heavens and the earth out of nothing. He literally spoke it into being. Where there is a beginning there must be a beginner. That person is God!

We like to know with certainty about creation, but far more important is knowing the end of the story. How will you spend eternity? Does the creator of all have plans for you? If you are not sure, we encourage you to read the answer to the Question: How does one become a Christian?

How do we know that Jesus was a real historical figure?

How do we know that Jesus was a real historical figure?

The historical writings of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul and Peter are among the best preserved and attested to of all ancient writings. However, for those who seek additional corroboration of the historical Jesus, one of the best sources is Josephus. This Jewish historian, who was born in Jerusalem in AD 37 and died in Rome in AD 97, mentioned Jesus by name and made many allusions to him in the book, The Antiquities.

Concerning Jesus, Josephus wrote: “Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man; for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews and many of the Gentiles. He was the Christ. And when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men among us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at the first did not forsake him; for he appeared to them alive again on the third day; as the divine Prophets had foretold these and 10,000 other wonderful things concerning him. And the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are not extinct at this day.” (Book 18, Chapter3)

Also paralleling the New Testament is a body of literature called the Apocrypha. While never included in either the Hebrew or Christian Bible, they echo similar evidences about Jesus and his times and his miracles at his teachings. Further there are the writings of Tacitus (ca. AD 56 – ca. 117) that also mention Christ, crucifixion by Pontius Pilate and other reports of the activities of Christians, followers of Jesus Christ. There is no doubt from the historical records that Jesus was a real person.

However, if you ask believers how they know that Jesus was a real person, your answer is likely the chorus from a favorite Christian hymn, “You ask me how I know he lives. He lives within my heart.” The hundreds of millions of followers of Jesus over the centuries is more than enough evidence in itself that Jesus is for real. Is Jesus a real figure for you? Do you know him personally as your Lord and Savior? God wants you to know him. (John 3:16) If you would like to learn more, please check out the answer to the question: How does one become a Christian?