Let’s face it, with so many sects and religions existing today, each with their own interpretation of the Scriptures and claims to be the right one, it can be quite difficult to choose what to believe. What makes it even more difficult is the fact that the differences between their interpretations are so subtle that they all seem to make sense. It’s no wonder there’s a lot of misconceptions about Christian living going around, which lead to a misguided faith. The Pathway Church Redding has provided some of the common concepts in the Christian faith that are actually wrong.
You Must Go to Church to Wash Away Your Sins
Many think of the church as some kind of a spiritual dumpster where they can throw away their sins and find relief from guilt. Although praying for forgiveness is a common practice inside the church, it is not the church’s purpose. The church is a place where you commune with the Lord and with the people you share the same faith with. It is where you worship as a congregation not only because He commands it but more importantly because He said “where there are two or three gathered in My name, I am there with them” (Matthew 18:20). What makes this misconception particularly dangerous is that it makes you believe that it’s okay to continue living in sin because you can simply flush them off at church every Sunday.
Deciding to Become a Christian Means Giving Up All the Fun
Giving up something of great value is a decision that hope you never have to make. Many think of becoming a Christian as a process that puts them in such a tough situation. Truth is it doesn’t. When you become a Christian, you acquire a different set of interests. Your love for secular things diminishes and is replaced by your love for things that please God. You won’t be forced to do it. It just comes naturally as you continue to build up your faith. In fact, one clear indicator that you are a true Christian is when you don’t struggle against the desire to go back to your old life.
Being a Christian Means Being Perfect
Christians are taught to live a life that pleases God. The entire Chapter 4 of 1 Thessalonians gives us insights on how that works. But does that mean we must be perfect? Or rather a more important question to ask “Is being perfect even possible?” When you see perfection as the only key to pleasing God, you will fail. In Colossians 3:13, we are told to “Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” If you think about it, why would Paul who told the Thessalonians about living a life that pleases God teach the Colossians to forgive each other if there’s nothing to forgive? The most reasonable answer is that living a life that pleases God doesn’t mean being perfect, but admitting our imperfections and the fact that only God can make us whole.
When You’re a Christian, Nothing Bad Will Happen to You
While we want to believe that God can literally and physically come to our aid when we are in danger, that’s not how it works. Let’s not equate him with fictional superheroes from our favourite films or TV shows. We live in the same world as those who don’t believe in God, which means we are as prone to the same kinds of dangers as them. But this doesn’t mean God doesn’t interfere altogether. He always does for those who believe. It’s just that his ways are not as we expect them to be. Let’s not forget what He said in Isaiah 55:8,9—“So my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Sometimes, to understand the truth of the Word of God, we have to free our minds of all the clutter that complicates things. Just as Matthew said, “. . . unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Let us not be deceived by the fallacies created by our own knowledge. Let’s seek wisdom from the right sources to build our faith, which only “comes from hearing and hearing by the word of God” (Romans10:17).