Website owner: James Miller
What is true Christianity? To me true Christianity is defined by the teachings that one finds in the gospels and epistles of the New Testament. No more and no less than that. Specifically, it does not include bodies of tradition, custom, belief and dogma that have been added on by various churches over the centuries. I don't consider these add-ons as authentic, trustworthy or a valid part of Christianity. True Christianity is about love of God and following in his way as taught by Jesus and his apostles. You learn what it is by reading from the source documents themselves (i.e. the books of the New Testament) --- and not by reading books or commentaries about Christianity, or listening to people or institutions purporting to tell you what Christianity is. Christianity is concerned with personal conduct, and at a more basic level, with values, attitudes, outlooks and beliefs. It tells us how we are supposed to behave, especially how we are supposed to conduct ourselves toward other people, and what kinds of attitudes we are supposed to carry towards them. Christianity is about living in a certain way. It is about changing yourself --- living by a higher law. It is not about changing the conduct of other people or trying to force them to live by your rules as some seem to think. It is not about social or political activism. Social and political activism come from a completely different, non-Christian, philosophy with its own assumptions. Christianity is not about social engineering or redistributing wealth --- taking from the rich and giving to the poor. Christianity is a body of values, outlooks and attitudes characterized by love of God, fear of God, piety, goodness, humility, meekness, temperance, self-denial, kindness, peaceableness, integrity, morality, chastity, purity, justness, uprightness and faith. It is the rejection of the "natural man" for a "higher man". It is a rejection of the "way of the world" for the "way of God". Feb 2002 More from SolitaryRoad.com:
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