Becoming a Christian isn’t demanding. We believe in Christ, repent of our ego-driven life, confess his Deity and are baptized. BEING a Christian differs from Becoming a Christian. It’s harder since it’s a lifetime project, re-enacted daily. Which is particularly difficult in a culture of depraved morality and superficial spirituality. Where proclaiming Christ isn’t welcomed but proclaiming every other religious leader is. Where all behavior is permitted except that which God honors—and especially acceptable in our culture is the sexual deviation God expressly forbade and condemned.
Our very culture swells with egotism, and every new Doctor of something makes our head swim more contentedly in self-assurance. We’ve been fortunate enough to re-create much of the daily life in the ancient world. Not satisfied with that, the unconverted want to create what society should be now. In flagrant arrogance, they dare tell God what Heaven must be.
Reduce all this to its basic idea, and it means people want a Christ of Convenience; who’s sympathetic but harmless; helpful but dependent on our interpretation to make him real.
It’s what Gandhi wanted for India: Christian missionaries to cure the lepers—the untouchables; and to help sewer-cleaners—the lowest class of touchables. But not to preach Christ as God’s Son, or Christ crucified to forgive sin or Christ resurrected from the dead! By the way...Gandhi’s view was offered to Jesus by Satan in the wilderness temptations: “all this I will give you if you bow down and worship me.” In other words, Jesus, you be the nice guy and help people, while I dictate what they believe. But at that, Satan offered Jesus a compromise, which he never offered anyone else.
In turn, Jesus bullwhipped Satan’s lie into shreds.
The missionaries went to India and performed prodigies of humanitarian works. And they preached Christ as God’s Son, started churches and Bible colleges and Christian homes and hospitals, et al. Proving that Gandhi had no understanding of spiritual truth. For the person of Christ, the mission of Christ, the message of Christ and the benevolence of Christ are all indivisible factors of Christ, the God-Man. Who holds all authority over heaven and earth, leaving NONE for any other religious leader. End Part II