What's the Least You Can Believe and Still Be a Christian?

I bet you were unaware of the fact that there are some things one does not have to believe in order to be a Christian. No, I am sure you did not know this. However, in offering a few thought on this, it might very well be the case that you (or others) have actually wondered whether some topics are a “salvation-issue” or not. While this article won’t address “salvation-issue” topics (or not), what it will address is the importance of where one should start.

“What’s the least I can believe and still be a Christian?” What a great question! Danny’s provocative question prompted me to write a new book, using his question as the title. Part one of the book presents 10 things Christians don’t need to believe. In short, Christians don’t need to believe in closed-minded faith. For example, Christians don’t need to believe that:

• God causes cancer, car wrecks and other catastrophes
• Good Christians don’t doubt
• True Christians can’t believe in evolution
• Woman can’t be preachers and must submit to men
• God cares about saving souls but not saving trees
• Bad people will be “left behind” and then fry in hell
• Jews won’t make it to heaven
• Everything in the Bible should be taken literally
• God loves straight people but not gay people
• It’s OK for Christians to be judgmental and obnoxious”

Of the ten points, how many of them would you consider worth even discussing? Having enumerated these ten points in my head, the following I would not even consider to be a point of discussion: all ten! The point is not that the topics do not deserve a fair hearing or that they are not important, but in order for one to become a Christian – are these the topics to be discussed? Of the subjects above, I would take serious and strong issue with seven of the ten, but even then I would not lead a discussion in these areas.

In order for some in society to accept a particular brand of “Christianity” some topics, subjects are worth more time in discussion than others. In New Testament Christianity, it all started with Peter’s words to the Jews on Pentecost (Acts 2:36), Paul’s words to Lydia (Acts 16:14, his words to the jailor (Acts 16:31-33), and his words to the Athenians (Acts 17:22ff). The older I get, the more I appreciate the words of Paul when he said that all he knows is Jesus and Him crucified (1 Corinthians 2:2).

These topic are worthy of discussion, but a serious discussion must first start with Jesus. What do you think, shall we first start with Him?

SOURCE: From the Huffington Post
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/martin-thielen/whats-the-least-you-can-b_b_811353.html

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Reflections At The Cross – A Contrast Of Two Thieves

In response to today’s nudge, Here’s an article I wrote contrasting the attitude of the two thieves that were crucified along with our Lord:

http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2009/07/10/a-contrast-of-two-thieves/

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I’ve listed a few resolutions on my blo…

I’ve listed a few resolutions on my blog http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2009/12/17/suggested-new-years-resolutions-for-2010/. However, if I were to reduce all of those down to one resolution, it would be this one:

To be more like Christ, as the apostle Paul so profoundly stated in Galations 2:20:

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

If I am willing to pattern my life after Christ, I will be spiritually successful this coming New Year.

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