Are you a Christian?
glittering are not gold”, many years before I heard a story from one of our priests
that was a story of a young man who failed to get a job for many years and
finally he reached in a zoo. The zoo authorities also can’t give him a job what
he deserves, but they offer a temporary position because of a VIP visit in the
coming week. The zoo authorities lost their gorilla due to a sudden illness and
they did not publish the news of its death. All he has to do is dress like a gorilla for
few days and stay in the cage for eight hours and entertain the visitors. He
agreed to do this job and started working from the very next day.
day the zoo was full of visitors he try to use the swing and started to move
backward and forward, suddenly his hands slipped, he fell down to the nearby
cage which is belongs to a lion. The poor man cried loudly for help then the
lion came near to the gorilla and said “fool, stop yelling, otherwise both of
us will be fired”. This story tells us all glittering are not gold what we are
seeing is not the reality.
anyone ask ‘are you a Christian’ what is our reply? Yes I am, is it true? Let us go through this subject. Every Sunday
going to church, every day reading bible, every day praying is this the symbol
of a Christian? I believe our life should be a measuring rod of Christianity.
The fundamental of Christianity is "For
there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ
Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all." (1 Timothy 2:5-6)
"Christian" was a name that was given to the disciples (followers) of
Christ in Antioch in Syria (Acts
11:26)“and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year
Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The
disciples were called Christians first at Antioch”.In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul states clearly
that, "No one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which
is Jesus Christ." (1 Corinthians 3:11) therefore we have to build
our lives on the foundation of Jesus. Let us examine how to become a Christian,
traditionally we Orthodox Christians receive baptism and becomes member of our
church. This is the beginning of our journey; from grandparents and parents, we
are learning the prayer, good manners and importance of prayer, and the need to
attend Holy Qurbana and receive Holy Communion. Moreover,
from the Sunday school we learn more about Christian life, after the Sunday
school our real time begins, this is the time to find the answer of the above
question “are you a Christian”.
is a real Christian? Now I am going to explain some myths about Christian first
one ‘I was born in a Christian country so I am a real Christian’ is this true?
Not at all, if you born in a famous family such as Kalliyankal you could be a son or grandson of that family, remember
God has no grand children. Secondly, there is a belief that Christians are
positive thinkers, so all positive thinkers are Christians. I cannot agree with
positively about life in broad-spectrum and about yourself in particular
doesn't mechanically make you a Christian. However I agree that optimism is a
good quality of a Christian.
Thirdly, living a
Good Life Makes You a Christian, we can see many people around us believing in
other religion also living good life so this statement also cannot be true. Living a clean and moral life doesn't make anyone a Christian. Many atheists
live a decent, straight life.Myth number four ‘Going to Church Makes You a Christian’ last week 8 out
of 10people in my locality went to
church, but this does not mean they all are Christians. Even some people
breaking others house also going to church, someone going to church because
they like social gathering. Others going to church because family members are
going, another group is going to attend the general body after the Holy
Qurbana, yet another group is going to display their ornaments and dress. So we
cannot say all people attending the church are a real Christian.
Myth six, ‘Receiving a
Sacrament Makes You a Christian’ I interviewed many offenders in the prison most of them had a
baptism, many of them attended church service, many of them donated for charity
and received sacraments. Most of the prison inmates I saw had a prison term
from 9 years to 99 years depends on the seriousness of their crime who can
believe them as true Christians? In short both
baptism and Communion are biblical. God commands Christians to observe these
ordinances. But receiving either one won't make you a Christian. Another myth believing in God makes us Christian.
Believes in God makes us Christian? One of my friends told me that when he
worked in a Muslim country, one of his co –workers asked him you are talking
too much about God are you Muslim? So a Muslim or Hindu can also talk about
God. I believe in exercise, but I don’t do any exercise, I am overweight, that
is why belief, by itself, doesn't make someone a Christian.
Another myth ‘Praying Makes You a Christian’ definitely Christians pray. But someone
can pray and still not be a Christian. Hindus pray all the time. Muslims pray
five times a day. I read about former president of Egypt Anwar Sadat, when he
travelling out of the country carried a little prayer rug on which to kneel
five times daily. But he was a Muslim, not a Christian. So praying in itself
doesn't make someone a Christian.
Now we can examine what makes us a Christian
Golden Rule #1 Walking in the way of
What Bible says, a Christian is a person who has found
the way of life instead of the way of death where we can find the way of life?
In Jesus, son of God I found my way of life, Jesus said to us in John
14:6."I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father
except through me”. Please read Mathew 7:13 we can see the two ways one is wide
and the other narrow we have to choose the narrow one which leads to life and
the wide one to death.
rule #2 Enjoying Eternal life
Our Jesus said "I have come that they may have life,
and have it to the full" (John 10:10). It is true that eternal life
never ends. It goes beyond our death--forever and ever .A true Christian is a
person who enjoys the eternal life; he is the person waiting to enter the
eternal life with Lord Jesus.
Goldern Rule #3 Becoming
To become a child of the heavenly Father, a person
must have a spiritual birth. This happens when we repent of our sins and put
our faith and trust in Jesus Christ.
In conclusion, I would like to say we are not becoming
Christian by receiving our baptism but, we should lead a Christian life to stay
in the spiritual blessings we received at the time of baptism. For the
reconciliation of life our church designed Lents, fasting prayers retreat, and
confession make use of these and review and renew Christian life with a
practice of receiving Holy Qurbana.