That is where faith comes in. Many people "believe" in God, or a god. But just belief by itself does one no good. Going to church does one no good. Being "religious" does one no good.
Everyone has done bad things, there is no getting around that. No one is perfect. That is where Jesus comes in. Belief in God alone is nothing, even the devil believes in God. But accepting Jesus into your heart and life, that is the only thing that matters. Your "denomination" does not matter, your church does not matter, your race does not matter, you gender does not matter. Jesus is the Key to it all. And when a person TRULY gives themselves over to Jesus, they will love their neighbor, they will be honest, they will exhibit the characteristics of Jesus. That is our goal, to become like Him. That is what being a Christian is all about. Just because people "call" themselves Christian, unless they are becoming "Christ Like" (that is what Christian means) they are just being "religious". It is a heart change that matters, not just an appearance change.
Originally Posted by trinasmom
I have always wondered if as some people believe there is no God, and you spent your whole life living as though there was, what do you have to lose? However, if you spent your whole life living as though there was no God and come to find out in the hereafter there is a God, I fear you'll have everything to lose.
I believe what she was saying was not that you are to live a lie, for God looks at the heart and not the outward apprearance and there is no way to trick him, but that by giving Him a chance you have nothing to lose. He will show Himself to anyone that really wants to know Him.
He is the Creator, and He does care whether or not we believe in Him. He really does love us. But He gave us a choice. Back in the garden of Eden, He gave Adam a free will. He never wanted robots, He wanted a companion. Adam CHOOSE to disobey one simple little thing and in doing so, thrust all mankind in sin. But God was still there. He led and guided man through the ages and then He sent His Son, Jesus, to give us direct access back to Him that we lost when sin divided us from Him.
It is not my job to just "not interfere" with my children's belief. But it is my job to guide them to the right belief. I can not choose for them. But I can show them the door and pray that they walk through. One day He is coming to gather His family to His side. And I pray on that day that no one would be left behind, especially my children that I love so much. Everyone must make their own decisions. Everyone must choose to accept or deny Jesus. That choice is a personal one that no one can make for you. So, I give my children all the facts and allow them to choose. But to choose, I must present all the facts to them. Why would I be OK to just allow them to walk away from our God and His Son when I KNOW that that is the only way? I would be irresponsible if I just allowed them to choose what ever they "felt" was a good path. Their very souls are at stake, and I will do EVERYTHING in my power to bring them to the One True God. But, the choice, once brought before Him, is their's alone.