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Chapter 4 - Useful Christianity
What makes Christianity different than all other religions is that it is true. Not only promises of a heavenly future, but benefit in oneís everyday life. The bible is the only book to have prophesied the future and it has come to pass. When one considers that what it says is true, then one can begin to take advantage of what is says.
There seems to be what many consider unattractive aspects to Christianity in that Godís grace teaches us to move in an entirely different direction than those who follow after the world would want.
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; - Titus 2:11-12
Humans have governed themselves in various ways from anarchy to tyranny. God established the nation of Israel as the way to bring the knowledge of God to the rest of the world. The law that was given to Israel would be the first step in helping the nation avoid the turmoil and destruction that results from the evil in the hearts of men and ultimately destroys nations.
However, when God sent the Messiah (Jesus) to offer the kingdom to the nation, they were mostly not interested. Subsequently salvation was offered to the rest of the world individually. This salvation included the means to achieve the virtuous life that some Greeks had aspired to and that some in Israel had thought they achieved by keeping the law. While Christianity was turned into an organizational system and integrated as a religion into the various governments to become Western Civilization, many individuals were still actual Christians.
While Christianity was successful for some individual Christians, it failed as a religious organizational system because it maintained some men who were not Christian at all and inhibited those who actually were Christians by diverting them from what was useful into rituals similar to what had happened with Israel.
But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. - Matthew 15:9
What would have been useful would be learning how to walk by the Spirit and not the flesh. Acquiring and growing in wisdom. Not to waste a life with selfish ambition. How to raise godly children. How to make a happy home. How to grow in love.
The Protestant reformation stopped a few of the most egregious errors that the collectivized religious organizational system had incorporated. However, it continued as a system and failed to help their members gain what was useful in Christianity.
My parents learned little if anything useful for them to apply to life. They were like soldiers who upon engaging the enemy discover that they have no ammunition.
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