Liberal "Christians", Garden Variety "Unbelievers" and True Believers

Duane Gilchrist By Duane Gilchrist, 3rd Jul 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
Posted in Wikinut>Family>Religion

Liberal "Christians", Garden Variety "Unbelievers", and Liberal Christians with little Biblical knowledge, yet may have a seed of "faith". These may be "settled" into their convictions, consider themselves adequately informed, probably has some belief in the Bible, and may accept portions, outside of the "judgment" passages, as being "inspired".

Liberal "Christians", Garden Variety "Unbelievers"

Liberal "Christians", Garden Variety "Unbelievers", who have "settled" into their convictions, considers themseves adequately informed, probably has some belief in the Bible, and may accept portions, outside of the "miracles", and "judgment" passages, as being "inspired".

He usually is not really believing in the miracles of Jesus or His endorsement of the wonders of events like the universal flood, judgment of Sodom and Gomorah, Jonah and the big fish etc.or the literal return of Jesus as stated in the Bible.

In his delusion, he hopes that his good works will out-weigh his faults. (He probably doesn't see any real sin in his life). Essentially, while giving "lip service" to Jesus, even knowing that the Bible declares that He died and rose from the dead, and is the only way he can have forgiveness for himself, he is, in reality, hoping that his good works" and religious rituals will get him a place in heaven.

Actually, his fate is described when Jesus said "He never knew" "him" and he is on the "wide road" to destruction!

He probably doesn't really believe that there is a hell, so, like "Universalists", he believes that somehow God will allow all into His Heaven. He just ignores the fact that God has to have some disposition for the "really bad" people, like Hitler etc.

Of course, he may believe and hope, that God, being a God of love, will forgive all, regardless of their extent of evil.

Believing some level of this, his faith doesn't impell him toward evangelism, so he "gets along" pretty well with both the atheist and other religions. He is a tolerant" person.

There is the possibility that he/she, mildly "liberal", will be in the category of the "Real Christian with little Biblical knowledge" described in a section below.

"Garden Variety" Unbelievers

The world is full of unbelievers who have no real Biblical faith, and have no personal relationship with God. They may believe in God, but have no real knowledge about Him. They will usually tell you something like this, "my god would certainly not send someone to hell". They think they are better than average and certainly, if there is a heaven, they will go there at death.

They "believe" much as the "Liberal Christian" described above.

Other Religions, Weak Christians, Some in Danger!

All religions, other than true Christianity are based upon "good works" hoping their reward in an after-life, is some version of heaven.

Some, cults like Jehovah Witnesses, Mormons and Scientology are evangelistic in practice. To the extent they work at this, they hope God will reward them with salvation. They deny the existance of hell. So, they hope for entry into heaven for their "works" of evangelization.

Real, Christians with little Bible knowledge:

Now, there are many Christians that are not "settled" in the above described levels of unbelief. They have accepted what truths of the Bible they have heard. And they gain enough to make a decision for Jesus as their Saviour. They have their hope in evangelistic Biblical presentation they received and accepted.

They may not have access to good Bible teaching and may not engage in the debates and issues raised by un-believers and hardened "Liberal Christians".

If they remain at this level of knowledge and "faith" they are susceptible to being mis-lead into the un-belief of the "Liberal Christians".

So, when they encounter the deceptions of the "Liberal Christian" and aggressive un-belief, they are at a critical juncture.

If they are truly saved and have God's hope in their lives, they will, sooner or later come to hold the beliefs that describe the "born again, true Christian" seen in Part 3.

Otherwise, if they slide into un-belief it is because, their initial "faith" was insufficient to rate as true belief. They have been living with a false hope.

One of the best explanations of the Christian faith is the 35 minute streaming video, "The Ultimate Question"!

"Born Again", True Christians, Living with Eternal Assurance

The "born again", true Christian, acknowleges that he is sinful, deserving the judgment of his holy, righteous God. He has come to this conclusion by the Holy Spirit's conviction, high lighting the sin in his life, as spelled out in the Bible.

His hope is based entirely on Jesus and His written Word.

He has God's word on it that there is just one way into God's heaven. He knows that he will not be saved by his "good works".

He believes God is All-powerful, so it is easy to see that He created the entire universe by simply "speaking" it into existance as the Bible declares. Accepting this of his God, makes it easy for him to believe in the miracles of the Bible. The skeptic, unbeliever regularly scoffs at three Old Testament accounts as being impossible. The well grounded Christian points out that Jesus, his Creator God endorsed all three during His earthly ministry. These are the universal flood, judgment of Sodom and Gomorah, Jonah and the big fish etc
.
Because he believes and trusts the Bible as God's written word, he has accepted the free gift of God's salvation. This resulted from the Son of God, Jesus Christ, dying in his place, forgiving him, erasing all his sins, (past, present and future), obtaining this salvation for him.

Jesus proved that the believer's sins were forgiven, paid for and actually erased, by rising from the dead. As a result he is born again, has everlasting life, being instantly delivered from the penalty of sin. He has the Holy Spirit of God living within, giving him the relationship with God as a His child, with the power to resist sin. He has the sure hope of spending eternity with Jesus in Heaven completely away from the presence of sin.

As the Bible uses the word "hope" it often refers to the return of Jesus, when He will gather all living believers, with the resurrected believers who have died, giving both glorified bodies in the wonderful act, called "the Rapture", taking us bodily into His Heaven. This use of "hope" is unlike our common usage where we say, "I hope it doesn't rain on our picnic" etc. This Biblical "hope" is seen as a secure "hope" simply awaiting God's timing.

He has a secure relationship with his God and tries to be obedient to the commands of Jesus, hoping to live closer to His desires for him. He knows that when he falls short and does sin, he confesses these sins to maintain a good fellowship with his Saviour.

He knows he is secure, being spared future judgement for his sins. He knows too, that if he is living when
the Great Tribulation. that Jesus spoke about, arrives, he will be spared the worst of it!

He believes Jesus meant it when He said, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me". John 14:6.

So, he does not want anyone to go into eternity with out Jesus, literally chosing to go to hell. Therefore he is quite evangelistic, urging others to join him in trusting Jesus for salvation.

One of the best explanations of the Christian faith is the 35 minute streaming video, "The Ultimate Question"!

My Written Contract with God!

1stJohn 5:10-13,"The one who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself; the one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has given concerning His Son. (2 kinds of people!) 11, And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. 13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life."
Speed the Day! 2 Peter 3:11-12,
Phil. 1:21-23
Duane Gilchrist.

Tags

Bible, Good Works, Heaven, Hell, Hindu, Intellectual, Islam, Jehovah Witnesses, Judgment, Liberal, Liberal Christians, Mormon, Muslim, Prophecy, Scientoligy, Tolorant

Meet the author

author avatar Duane Gilchrist
Has a long background in Computer Sytems,analysis, management, early into pesonal computer useage etc. Presently retired, devote quality time to Christian activity. Great family. Married 64 years to 1 wife. Four adult children have produced 12 grand ...(more)

Share this page

moderator Mark Gordon Brown moderated this page.
If you have any complaints about this content, please let us know

Comments

Add a comment
Username
Can't login?
Password