He says he wishes he was a Christian… for the few benefits that comes with Christianity: “the feeling of belonging and being part of something bigger than (himself)”, and “because (he has) apparent riches waiting on (him) in the afterlife”. Or is he critizing Christianity because he only sees it from the outsider perspective looking in?
If I must begin to enlighten you about Christianity, it might be too complex for you to grasp. It entails having faith for starters. Faith, is a concept the bible defines as, “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Heb 11:1). This alludes to the fact that no man can come to Christ lest he has faith. That is, faith to believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and Messiah, died for our sins, went to hell to take the keys of death, so that death cannot hold us bondage, has risen from the dead, and will come again to save our souls. Sorry, that might be too much to grasp but that’s where Faith comes in.
The Second complicated aspect of Christianity is that, it is not about the carnal nature (that is the skin and bone, fleshy body) that you see in and around you; rather it’s about the Spirit. On this point, the bible says “those that are in the flesh cannot please God… and if you do not have the Spirit of Christ you are not of his” (Rom 8:8-9). In essence, you can’t let your carnal nature dictates and do those things you wish; such as “hav(ing) dirty sex with a hot girl or indulge in some recreational drugs or get drunk as a skunk”. Those things are not of God. While you may believe that blaming things on the devil is irresponsible, you have to believe that if it is not of God then it has to be of the devil. Christians do not carelessly “blame the devil when (we) display aspects of (our) sociopathic and destructive nature”; but when we are tempted we know that, temptation does not come from God.
“For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death”. (St James 1: 13-15)
The Third complex issue about Christianity pertains to the Spiritual war that is going on. Some say it is the war between good and evil. This war resulted in Lucipher (Satan) being kicked out of heaven and continues to reside on earth. Since then he has tempted both Adam and Eve by deceiving them. He did this by turning the truth into a lie. Lucipher continues to do this today. We are being deceived in our minds about all that God had said was true; which is causing God to be angry at us: “For the wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness to men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness” (Rom 1:18).
Romans 1:19- 23
“… what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools…”
As a result God has given them up to uncleanness, the lusts of their hearts, to dishonour their bodies, and vile passions, and even the women has exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Thus, if you understood the world of the spirit then you will understand that there is a war going on. This Spiritual war is happening in your mind, when we wrestle against good and evil every day.
However, as you state, you now understand the difference between “living and existing”, do you? While there is a difference between the above, there is also a difference in “living” and living for Christ. Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own…and they will hear My voice” (John 10:14-16). So while you’re watching the other “little sheep follow the script” and living for Christ, why don’t you continue to “live”.
To conclude, as a Christian we also take responsibility of our lives, contrary to what you think. We acknowledge that it is not ours and that is why we need to live for Christ. We are the sheep and we know our Shepphard’s voice. So whenever He calls we learn how to pick up our crosses and follow him. We understand that our body is a living temple of God for the 1 Corinthians 6: 19-20 states, “…do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s”. Therefore as Christians, our responsibility is to glorify God with our heart, our mind, and with our spirit.