MISCONCEPTION: GOD WILL GIVE YOU……IF YOU COME TO HIM
BUST: Becoming a Christian is not about the benefits (material things) that you can get from God in prayer. This is not a master and genie relationship, you do not rub your Bible and get your wishes, nor does God become your cosmic bellhop jumping through hoops to please you.
This is a father /child relationship; and like any LOVING father/child relationship you have no need to worry anymore, cause your father will provide; like wise there are times that your father will chastise you. You may not understand why at the time but eventually you will; and there will be rules you have to live by to remain under your father’s roof and good graces. This does not mean that he is a morose egomaniac . He is a loving father who knows what is best for us, even though we do not understand it or see it at the time.
MYTH: ESCAPING THE ETERNAL DAMNATION OF HELL IS THE PURPOSE OF CHRISTIANITY
BUST: Becoming a Christian is not jumping out of the line going to hell and jump into the line going to Heaven. Yes, Heaven is a benefit of becoming a Christian, but that is not the essence; if so we’d all be caught in rapture immediately we made our decision for Christ. Christianity should not be see as fire insurance,or a fire escape; because when you view it this way, one day you would forget to pay your premium or simply ignore it because you no longer consider it essential.
MISCONCEPTION: CHRISTIANITY IS ALL ABOUT A LOT OF “THOU SHALT & THOU SHALT NOT”
BUST: For any society to function sanely there have to be rules as guidelines. These standards hold everyone, to a code of conduct, to prevent a state of anarchy. As a Christian you become a citizen of The Kingdom of Heaven. This Kingdom has God as King. As a citizen of the Kingdom you are entitled to certain benefits that comes, as a result of citizenship. Keeping that in mind, there are certain laws that enable the Kingdom to function the way that allows you get those benefits. The King is the supreme ruler and his word is law. A Kingdom is not a democracy; there is no deliberation about the law that a King makes. These laws are put in place so that the citizens can benefit from everything the Kingdom has to offer. You cannot expect to ignore, belittle, abuse or disobey those laws that are meant to protect you; and then expect to receive benefits of full citizenship. It does not happen in the physical world and should not happen in the spiritual.
MYTH:THE BIBLE IS AN ANCIENT BOOK THAT DOES NOT APPLY TODAY’S WORLD
BUST :Archaeologists, Futurists will tell you that the Bible has been precise in citing the past, exact on current events, and right about the future. Any person within “the church” that says this to you , you need to stay far away from.. ” a house divided against it’s self can not stand”. Many of the motivational speakers material, can be traced back to things written long ago in the Bible. Many business principles that moguls and tycoons practice today(such as giving to charity,philanthropy) have biblical origins. Many of the current events in the middle east were predicted in the Bible. Most of the civilized world obey the 10 commandments, and have them written into their law and constitution in one form or the other. The current moral decline of the world, with “alternative lifestyle” being embraced by the “church” was predicted in the bible “men shall leave desire for woman, and burn with LUST for one another”. Deny it as you may , the Bible is relevant Yesterday, today and FOREVER. THE BOTTOM LINE
MYTH CHRISTIANITY IS DULL AND STOPS ME FROM HAVING FUN ………………
The first question is What is your definition of fun. As a new Kingdom citizen , you have been renewed. You should no longer consider those things fun anymore. Yes, your flesh may still long them there is no denying the withdrawal syndrome, but you have a new perspective now.A paradigm shift and have an adversity towards sin or any lifestyle that contradicts the constitution.
Having said that, you may find yourself entering the tendency to living a religious life. Now, the difference between what Christianity is meant to be and what is practiced by many people is a relationship and a religious protocol. This is a relationship with God , which Yes you reverence him but it is still a relationship, like the loving ones you have here on earth ,albeit on a higher level.
Once you start practicing “religion” and get into a ritualistic way of approaching God you are missing the whole point of being a Christian .
The constitution say “where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” , yes we have standards to live by but we are not meant to feel choked by them but guided to a better form of living. Do you feel that the constitution of the country you presently live in is stifling you with the constitution, or does the constitution protect you and let you know your rights.
If you are practicing your faith, in a manner that you feel is stifling or restricting you from having fun, that probably means you are being legalistic and are losing out on having a loving relationship with God. A relationship is uplifting and beneficial, a religion has you in a ritualistic cycle that rarely get you anywhere beneficial. Adopting the mindset of a Kingdom of being a good loyal citizen with personal access to the King, is the best way to live your Christian life.
If you choose to see Christianity through “guilt inducing tinted shades”, no matter what good there is , in the Bible , or in the Kingdom;those guilt inducing tinted shades, will taint every thing you see. If you see it as a set of laws that stops you from having fun, or living your life;instead of a guide line that enables you to maximize your life in abundance by enabling you beyond your own human strength;then you are becoming religious and legalistic and miss the whole point of having a father/child relationship with God, and not a judge/police to perp relationship. If you see it as something that “limits” your life, that is all you will get. As a man thinketh so is he. If you choose to think of Christianity and it’s constitution(The Bible) as something to induce guilt in your life , that is ALL you will get.