My Struggle With Believing in Jesus Christ

I believe in Jesus Christ and believe that salvation “is found in no one else” (Acts 4:12) ” but I struggle with the exclusiveness of that claim.  I struggle with it for two reasons.

The first reason is that I have encountered some very nice people in my life, who are just like the rest of us, good law abiding citizens who are trying to make an honest living and they’ve rejected Jesus.  That means, according to what scripture teaches, that they are going to face God’s wrath in judgment.

The second reason is that there seems to be too many Christians these days who seem too comfortable with this notion.  That is, they come across with this smugness from a nice comfortable church building rather than the front-lines of God’s mission to redeem the world in Christ.  In that regards, their attitude toward Christianity smacks me as seeming to have more in common with the Pharisees and religious leaders of Jesus’ day than with Jesus himself.  So when I encounter this attitude, my heart wants to undermine everything about what they believe but I can’t.  I can’t undermine the claim that “there is no other name under heaven by which we must be saved” because I am convicted that this claim is the truth.

So I struggle with believing in Jesus.  There I said it.  But not because I don’t believe in Jesus but because I do believe in Jesus and the claim that entails.  Does that make sense?

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11 responses to “My Struggle With Believing in Jesus Christ

  1. Thanks for sharing.

  2. In love I give you the following: Your struggle is because you have a low view and an inadequate understanding of the holiness of God Almighty. You have not understood the wrath of God that results from His being. You have not understood God’s single plan to take on the flesh of man and to die in man’s place as glorious, undeserved, and more than enough for man according to the wisdom of our matchless Creator. If you make and effort to study God’s nature, you will weep every time you sing “Amazing Grace” because you will fully understand God’s immense love has rescued us from His anger which every sinner rightly deserves. Until you are arrested by the truth of who God really is, the wretchedness of our freewill choice to sin, and the exclusiveness of Jesus as the only One who paid the debt for our sin, you will always struggle. In short: no One else could or has paid the debt for your sin.

  3. I struggle sometimes as well, but in the end God will be King and everyone will know it. If the nice people we know don’t want God to be King now, how will they respond when he is King and everyone knows it? If someone wants nothing to do with Jesus now, what will they do when he gives the kingdom over to the Father (1 Cor. 15:24)? How we respond to God’s claim to have authority over our lives says a lot about how we will respond when the invisible curtain is pulled back. Therefore, we will be surprised to learn of some who ended up rejecting God forever even though they daily posted Facebook cliches about God or were regulars at church, while others–perhaps like Ghandi–are welcomed into the kingdom because their lives were ordered by kingdom principles and they would celebrate God being King.

    • Kel: I loved your response; particularly when pointing out those who are so outwardly “Christians” while inwardly they may be darkened. All will be revealed in the end.

      However, the Ghandi of your comment is left wanting. When did Ghandi ever claim Jesus as Lord? There are millions of people who are moralists but who are still pagans; like Ghandi. This is why Ephesians chapters 4-6 follow chapters 1-3. What makes being a disciple of Christ so unique is that one walks (the imperative) according to the calling based on what God has done (the indicative). Living an Ephesians chapter 4-6 life while denying (as Ghandi did) the chapter 1-3 reality is worth nothing.

      In the end, moralism means nothing in the face of grace.

      Peace to all –
      Jr

      • I am not arguing that salvation is earned by good moral deeds, as any pronouncement of salvation from God is an act of grace. However, you say, “moralism means nothing in the face of grace.” Then what do you say to Jesus’ words in Matthew 25:31-46?

  4. A father, apparently knowledgeable of Jesus power and miracles, brought his son to Jesus, hoping that a demon might be exorcised. In Mark 9, Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?” “From childhood,” he answered. “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” If someone who saw Christ in the flesh can have human doubts, cannot we? Jesus himself spoke of the special happy fruitfulness of those who, not seeing, nevertheless believe.

    I think that Rex’s “doubt” arises thusly:

    (1) Christ today is expressed through the people who make up His church (His body), inasmuch as He is physically gone from this world, having ascended to the Father.
    (2) There are, to no surprise, hypocritical, hypercritical, unloving legalists (and a host of other people with their own pet sins) who comprise the church.
    (3) A normal human response is to say that, if those people are the bride of Christ and represent Christ, being His body, am I sure I’m following the “right” Christ?

    Don’t you think that some of Peter’s acts, and Paul’s acts, and James’ acts (among others) were offputting to people considering or trying to follow Jesus? Isn’t the past just littered with stumbling blocks to faith? Why should we be surprised when any of us stumbles?

    Inevitably, we broken vessels are never going to hold the entirety of Jesus or maybe even much of him. I suppose the important thing is to differentiate between the cup and its contents and not to judge and reject the best wine because it is served in a leaky cup. So, Jesus, help me in my frail weakness, buoyed by the Holy Spirit You left behind, to enjoy, benefit from, and SHARE the ever-quenching drink even if a lot of it drips on my fingers and is spilled on the ground.

  5. Ghandi said he would be a Christian if he had ever met one. I take solace in the personal view of C.S. Lewis who presented characters in Narnia who thought they were on the right side, but it turns out were following Aslan. I take comfort in Basil the Great who suggested that if they look like us and act like Christians they probably are and just haven’t learned his name yet. I take comfort in the Orthodox Tradition that insists that we not judge what is going to take place in the Final Judgment; let God do the judging; I take comfort in the Beatitudes that speaks of blessedness without any mention of Faith. I take comfort in Lazarus the poor man covered with sores at the rich man’s gate who died, and was received to Abraham’s bosom without any mention of faith.
    We are all Pharisees, even those of us like myself, saying Lord I thank you that I don’t want to be like that Pharisee over there; Theosis is the only answer to escape the religion of the ego and the doctrines of scholasticism.

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  7. When thinking about Ghandi, I come at it from the kind of perspective given in The Great Divorce; thus, I believe Ghandi embodied the kind of life that God approves of (which was more than moralism) and that if all of the trappings of Western Christianity could be stripped away, Ghandi would bend his knee to Jesus.

    So I agree with what Ben Marston wrote above. When people talk about their faith or even their lack of faith, I don’t take the words at face value; rather, I see which way their character is trending and if their desires resemble God’s desires. I think Western Christianity has unfairly cheated a lot of people out of victorious lives of faith whether because of blind grabs for numerical growth or political alliances or fundamentalism, but those with right hearts will get their chance to see God as he is and worship him.

    • I’m thinking about Jesus’ own statement, “For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother” (Matt 12:50).

      I also remember a thought one of my professors once made when he said, in heaven there will be three surprises: The first is that some people we expected to be there will not be there; the second is that there will be some people there we did not expect to be there; the third is that we will be there.

      That’s some thoughts I keep in mind when I encounter people who live as God wills but have turned away from Christianity because of their disdain for the way Christians have acted in a non-Christ like manner.

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