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In Recognition of Christ

This page serves as recognition and tribute to our Lord, Jesus Christ.

As Christians, it is our duty to witness our faith to others, Figures of Fortune, or any other website for that matter, should be no exception. For those of you who are Christians, I challenge you to not just sit on your laurels, comfortable in your salvation, but to go forth into the world and spread the gospel in whatever way you effectively can. For those of you who aren't Christians, I ask you to do only two things: Read the contents of this page, and think for yourself.

 

 

WHAT I BELIEVE

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A CHRISTIAN?

HOW DO I BECOME A CHRISTIAN?

THE REWARDS

THINK FOR YOURSELF

INTERPRETATION vs. TRANSLATION

and DENOMINATIONS

THE ALTERNATIVE

 

WHAT I BELIEVE

I believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God, who died and was resurrected to pay for our sins. I believe that through Christ, we may have life eternal.

I believe that the Holy Bible is the word of God

I believe that the Earth was created in a single day- not over millions of years.

I believe that the King James version is the best English translation of the Bible

 

 

 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A CHRISTIAN?
Basically, being a Christian means that you:

Believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God
Believe that Jesus Christ died and was resurrected
That you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.
Attempt to follow God & Jesus Christ's rules/laws/commandments
Believe that the Bible is the Gospel
That you confess your sins to God

 

 

 

HOW DO I BECOME A CHRISTIAN?

It's really pretty easy- it doesn't require listening to an evangelist, or donating money, or any kind of elaborate ritual.

First off, you have to acknowledge that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, risen after his crucifixion. Next, you have to try and live your life as Jesus directed us to. This may mean some work on your part- as you'll have to read the New Testament and decide for yourself what he meant. Sure, you can ask others, but I want you to think for yourself. The reward is pretty good!

Next, you have to be baptized. Now, getting wet is just that- getting wet. There are no magical properties to water- no matter what church it's in, or who passes a hand over it. It's just water. If it makes it any easier for you, remember this: it's symbolic. It's much like saluting in the military. Christ asked us to do it, to show our faith in him, so we do it. If you think sprinkling is sufficient, that's between you and Christ. If you think full-body immersion is the ticket, again, it's between you and Christ.

Finally, the easiest part: Witness your faith to others. Don't knock Christianity, to fit in. Don't hide your faith (unless to preserve your personal safety). Don't be ashamed of Christ, because he isn't ashamed of you.

That's it! You're in the club!.


 

 

THE REWARDS

Okay, besides eternal life, there is more to being a Christian. Convenience for one. In Old Testament Times, you had to go through elaborate rituals and ceremonies as a member of the Jewish faith. When you sinned you had to work at getting that sin forgiven. If you didn't, you might face eternal damnation!

When Christ died on the cross, he died for our sins. He was without sin, yet suffered for our sins. Now to be forgiven, all we have to do is:


1. Actually regret our sin- acknowledging that what we did was wrong
2. Ask Christ/God for forgiveness

Wow! That's pretty easy!

 


 

THINK FOR YOURSELF

One of the greatest problems in the world, in both religious and non-religious matters, is that people don't think for themselves. Call it peer pressure. I think Christ himself said it best, when he told us that he was our shepherd, and we were his flock. Humans have a herd mentality- they follow along with the majority.

No one should let someone else dictate what they believe. Listen and read whatever you want, but make your own decision. I fervently hope that you will believe the truth that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that through him you can have eternal salvation and life. But part of being a Christian is deciding for yourself, that is, believing in Christ. Just going to church and singing every week won't cut it.

 

 

 

INTERPRETATION vs. TRANSLATION

There are many different Bibles out there. The King James. The New American. The Catholic Bible. Are they the same? No. There are differences. Since you probably can't read Greek or Hebrew, you're going to have to pick a Bible to be your own. I like the King James. Why?

Here's the thing- the Greeks wrote a Bible based on Hebrew texts. That is, they translated Hebrew into Greek. Years later, the Catholic church translated the Greek into Latin. Still later, King James ordered that instead of translating from Latin to English, his scholars look at how the Greeks translated from Hebrew to Greek, and use that as a guide to change Hebrew to English.

 

It's like when you tell a story at the end of a line of people. As the story moves down the line, it changes subtly. By the time it reaches the end of the line, it has changed dramatically. The spirit of the story might be the same, but some of the important details may have changed.

 

Once you've decided on a Bible however, there may still be some difference of opinion. You might read a line and understand it to mean one thing (your Interpretation) and another person might take it to mean another. For example, look at the phrase "She has birds". In English, it seems pretty obvious- someone has in their possession some birds. However, someone from Germany might think about the phrase, "Sie habt vogeln" which is German for "She has Birds" and which carries the meaning that the person is crazy (kind of like our saying about "bats in the belfry"). Here's another example: The word "Bad". Does it mean good, or not good? That depends entirely on the usage. It cannot be taken out of context. And that, my friend, is exactly the case with the Bible.

 

Read and think for yourself. If you don't understand something, ask another person. They might not be correct about their interpretation, but then again, they might. Each of us has a unique perspective, different from others. Take the example of the Four Gospels. Each of the Apostles writes of the same sequence of events. Yet each tells a slightly different story. It is human nature. Like witnesses at a traffic accident who see the same thing but remember it differently. Diversity is good. By discussing our beliefs with other Christians, we might just increase the odds that ALL of us will truly understand the Bible and Christ's teachings.

 

 

and DENOMINATIONS
One of the things that annoys me most about some of my fellow Christians is the petty arguments over Bible passages. One Bible says this, one Bible says that. Why?

Some people claim that the Bible, written by fallible men, is not the Gospel (the Truth), that it has been affected by those who wrote it. This harkens to the old Letter-of-the-law, versus Spirit-of-the-Law argument. Even if you believe that the Bible is not the Gospel (I believe it is), you still have to agree with the spirit-of-the-law argument, in that there are universal themes in all various Christian versions of the Bible, for example:

Jesus Christ is the Son of God
Jesus Christ died on the cross and was resurrected
Belief in Christ is the way to eternal life

So, if we're all Christians, why can't we get along? Why don't the Lutherans, Catholics and Episcopalians do a group hug and merge back together?

Diversity. You see, people do have a herd mentality. They want to be in a herd of others like them. Groups form, much like cliques in school. This group thinks this way, that group thinks that way. This group likes to sing on Sundays, this group only drinks real wine for Communion. We are all different, so diversity is to be expected. However, when we enforce our diversity, when we become exclusive and start rejecting those who don't want to think like us, we are throwing away Christ's teachings.

 

 

THE ALTERNATIVE

What is the alternative to Christianity? You can stick your head in the sand, happily believing that you are the end result in a fabulous process that evolved enzymes to fish to monkeys to man. You can think that when you die, everything just ends from your point of view. However, I hate to burst your bubble, but that's not what it's all about.

You see, if you aren't a Christian, you don't have a bright future ahead of you. The alternative to Christ isn't just ceasing to exist. It's eternal damnation. That's right, if you don't accept Christ, and if you're bad enough, you are going to God's equivalent of the Big House. Hell. Forever.

Ever hear the phrase worst-case scenario? What's worse? Ceasing to exist, or spending eternity being punished, tormented, etc.? Read the Bible. Ask questions. If you're on this website, odds are you've spent more time on the Internet reading than it will take you to read a Bible. And the Internet won't keep your ass out of Hell. That's all I ask: That you spend a little time and read the Bible. Keep an open mind. Christ really doesn't want you to suffer. No matter how despicable you are, axe-murdered, child molester, lawyer (a little joke), you can still be saved.

May God Bless You, and Christ find you.