BASICS OF CHRISTIANITY
For two thousand years, the issue of what constitutes Christianity has been debated, not just amongst individuals, but between countries that were willing to go to war over the answer. It is sadly ironic that people could know what basic Christianity is all about and think that God would want them to go to war to force people to accept Christianity when God created people in His image with free will, and Jesus died so that everyone could have a choice.
What is Basic Christianity?
The answer to the question what is basic Christianity actually brings out the devil in many people.
Basically, to be a Christian, all you have to do is accept God’s gift of salvation which has been provided to you through the blood of Jesus. That’s all there is to it. You have been given His grace and have access to the mind of God through His Word and through the Holy Spirit; you can pray right to Him.
What is Grace?
Just prior to Christ’s death, God had a more one-on-one relationship with His people and they were under the Law which required sacrifices and adherence to very strict and voluminous rules. He sent angels to appear to His people. He talked to them through burning bushes! You just don’t see that anymore because the time period after Christ’s death, the one in which you are now living, is the Age of Grace.
Grace means that God forgives you no matter what you do or how poorly you exhibit your Christianity. There is only one unforgiveable sin, and that is not accepting God’s free gift of salvation.
If you accept Christ’s death as your free gift to salvation, you are forgiven. The Bible says, however, in Hebrews 12:6, “For those whom He loves, He disciplines, and those whom he accepts as His children he punishes.” If, as a Christian, you choose to sin, you will have a great deal of unhappiness in your life. God is going to punish you just like a good father would punish his child because he wants his child to grow up to be a good person. God wants you to grow into a beautiful mature Christian, not just a Christian who is saved by grace and remained a baby throughout life. You can go that way, but God’s way is so much better.
Some people don’t like the idea of grace and want everything to be the same for every Christian. Some Christians believe that they should be following the Law as it was outlined in the Old Testament. It is their choice to believe that, but it will bring no joy to their lives. They believe it because they want the rules to be the same for everyone. If they can’t do it, they don’t want anyone else to be able to do it. If they have to do it, they want everyone to be required to do it. Teaching people to obey the Old Testament law is about control of you and your money. Avoid churches that teach this.
What is sin?
Sin is disobedience to God. If you disobey the government, the Bible says in Romans 13 you disobey God and that is a sin.
If you disobey what an organized religion says, it does not affect your relationship with God and it is not a sin. They might kick you out of their church, but God will NEVER kick you to the curb.
Ideally, you will find other Christians in a local church with whom you can have fellowship and who will help you grow as a Christian.
Is that all there is to it?
That is basic Christianity. If you want to be a Christian, say a prayer thanking God for giving you the gift of salvation and tell Him you want to join! Do not worry about what other people say you should do to be a Christian. Apart from accepting the gift of salvation, you do not have to do anything. “For by grace are you saved through faith, not because of anything you have done, but because you accepted the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8)
If there is basic Christianity, is there complex Christianity?
Yes. There is a lot more to it and you can choose to delve as deeply as you wish or to remain as shallow as you wish. You have free will. God said of David, the author of Psalms, “He is a man after my own heart.” Would you rather not be that Christian than one of whom people say, “He’s a Christian! I don’t believe it!”