Wednesday, May 14, 2008

More than Good Advice

In Christianity we find many different teachings and rules on how to live. We are told to love people, to help the poor, not to get drunk, not to have sex outside of marriage, and not to murder anyone. Therefore it is easy to look at Christianity and see it as another system of advice on how we should live our lives. Many people equate Christianity with good advice. They put the teachings of Jesus along side the teachings of Buddha and point to the parallels between the two.

The world is full of "good advice". Everywhere we turn there are people offering us advice on how we should live. We get it from movie stars as well as politicians. We get it from living talk show hosts as well as dead philosophers. If Christianity is just another collection of "good advice" would it matter if we dedicated our lives to following it? It may make our lives go a little smoother because we would stay out of trouble, but it would be absent of hope and promise. It would be the same as receiving advice for Dear Abby.

{16} If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised. {17} And if Christ has not been raised then your faith is useless, and you are still under condemnation for your sins.
{18} In that case, all who have died believing in Christ have perished!
{19} And if we have hope in Christ only for this life, we are the most miserable people in the world.
(1 Corinthians 15:16-19; NLT)

In this passage we see what makes Christianity more than just good advice. The resurrection of Jesus provides Christianity with hope and assurance that what we believe is true. Jesus rising from the dead makes all the difference.

You can compare all the religions and philosophies in the world but you will not find a parallel to Jesus. Because Jesus lived, died, and rose again we have a promise that is better than a smooth life right now. We have an eternal relationship with God!

Understand this, Christianity is not just a system of rights and wrongs, it is not just a system of truth, it is not just a religion. Christianity is a relationship. It is a relationship with God made possible by the resurrection of Jesus. Since it is a relationship we should not approach it with the attitude of I have to do this or I can't do that. Approach your relationship with God with the attitude, Thank You for Your love. What can I do to say thanks?

  • Point to Ponder: Because Jesus lived, died, and rose again we have a promise that is better than a smooth life right now.
  • Passage to Remember: 1 Corinthians 15:16-19
  • Question to Consider: How can we say thank you to God?

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