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Query: What, in your view, is the purpose of being Christian?

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  • Query: What, in your view, is the purpose of being Christian?

    I've got a video idea in the works so I've been asking people over Google+ and other places what they think the point of their being Christian is.

    Of course I've had the "for the glory of God" answer multiple times, and while true, I do require an explanation as to what you think that means. Be mindful that I might quote you for my next video if you answer so please let me know in your answer if you'd rather I didn't.

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    That question can be taken more than one way. Do you mean what is our purpose as Christians or what is the purpose of becoming one?
    That's what
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Bill the Cat View Post
      That question can be taken more than one way. Do you mean what is our purpose as Christians or what is the purpose of becoming one?
      I mean the former. What is the point of doing Christianity?

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      • #4
        I believe every person has a hole in them that can only be filled by a true and right relationship with God. We ruin this relationship by repeatedly and even wantonly committing sin. Christianity, at it's core, is the restoration of that relationship, through the love of God, by His Son, Jesus. We could not heal our relationship by ourselves, but God, in His infinite love for us, heals it for us if we but simply accept it. By finally being forgiven...and therefore, being able to forgive others, it let's us live a life of joy and peace, which we attempt to share with others that they too might come into a right relationship with God and experience that same joy and peace in their own lives.
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        • #5
          Our purpose is to love the Lord our God with our heart, soul, mind, and strength.
          Enter the Church and wash away your sins. For here there is a hospital and not a court of law. Do not be ashamed to enter the Church; be ashamed when you sin, but not when you repent. – St. John Chrysostom

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          • #6
            Originally posted by TheBaldie View Post
            I mean the former. What is the point of doing Christianity?
            To have life, and have it abundantly.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by One Bad Pig View Post
              Our purpose is to love the Lord our God with our heart, soul, mind, and strength.
              And our neighbor as ourselves.
              "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post
                And our neighbor as ourselves.
                I see that as somewhat ancillary, but yeah.
                Enter the Church and wash away your sins. For here there is a hospital and not a court of law. Do not be ashamed to enter the Church; be ashamed when you sin, but not when you repent. – St. John Chrysostom

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                • #9
                  Actually the major way we express our love of God is to love our neighbors.
                  Micah 6:8 He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

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                  • #10
                    We're His kids - it's a good thing to have a loving relationship with your Parent. It's a good thing - what more does it need to be?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by One Bad Pig View Post
                      I see that as somewhat ancillary, but yeah.
                      Mk 12:30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[a] 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] There is no commandment greater than these.”

                      I was just covering all the bases. (OK, at least first and second)
                      "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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                      • #12
                        Be holy as He is holy.
                        Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith? -Galatians 3:5

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post
                          Mk 12:30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[a] 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] There is no commandment greater than these.”

                          I was just covering all the bases. (OK, at least first and second)
                          I was thinking more global picture than commandments per se. In the beginning, we were created for fellowship with God. Jesus Christ came to restore the fellowship broken in the Fall.
                          Enter the Church and wash away your sins. For here there is a hospital and not a court of law. Do not be ashamed to enter the Church; be ashamed when you sin, but not when you repent. – St. John Chrysostom

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                          I recommend you do not try too hard and ...research as little as possible. Such weighty things give me a headache. - Shunyadragon, Baha'i apologist

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                          • #14
                            "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil." -- Ecclesiastes 12:13-14.

                            "Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God." -- Romans 1:19.

                            "Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith." -- Galatians 3:24.

                            To know God as a person:
                            ". . . this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." -- John 17:3.
                            . . . the Gospel of Christ, for it is [the] power of God to salvation to every [one] believing, . . . -- Romans 1:16.

                            . . . that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: . . . -- 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4.

                            Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: . . . -- 1 John 5:1.

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                            • #15
                              Our purpose in being a Christian is to love the Lord and be salt and light to the world.
                              "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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