What is Christianity for?
Lack of hope makes the heart sick.
Emotional health in America has become a major issue, especially in young people. Anxiety, self hate, panic attacks and other emotional disorders have become common in today’s society. With the suicide rate alarmingly high and doctors giving out drugs for so many emotional problems, we seem to be missing the point on what brings fulfillment and happiness.(1)
Despite living in a country with so many opportunities, American society has become very negative - which is not the way it used to be - or should be. Americans used to be optimistic even when economic conditions were terrible.
In the 1930s, America was in the middle of a terrible depression. Manufacturing declined 77 percent. One fourth of the labor force was left idle. Many cities could not afford to keep schools open. At one point, 34 million men, women and children were without any income at all.(2)
Yet in the depth of that hardship, with its soup kitchens, bank closings and hunger, Franklin Roosevelt could tell the nation in a radio address, “Our difficulties, thank God, concern only material things.” Americans were civil and courteous with each other and moral strength was the bedrock of our society.(2)
These qualities of the past are no longer prevalent in our society. With economic difficulties, inconsiderate people, crime - with some neighborhoods bordering on anarchy - and an overall negative attitude about the future, many young Americans despair about the future.
This is where Christianity becomes necessary. This world makes no sense until you understand the reason for your existence. The most important purpose of Christianity is individually. Without a moral foundation to base a belief system on, we are lost in a maze of trying to understand ourselves, our emotions and what is right and wrong. Once you become a Christian, any counseling that is needed will be much more successful.
All feelings of depressions, hopelessness, self hate, guilt, etc., are signs of spiritual separation from God. Everyone is born separated from God spiritually. This is why you need to be spiritually born again. There is no such thing as inner peace outside the God of the Bible. You can not be at peace with God until you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior who died on the cross for your sins. When you ask Jesus to come into your heart, your spirit is united with the Spirit of the living God. Being at peace with God allows you to be at peace with yourself. You can’t love yourself in a wholesome way until you accept God’s love for you and His forgiveness for your sins. The ultimate feeling is to be at peace with yourself even when life is not good.
When you confess your sins to Jesus you are no longer separated from God spiritually. The free gift of Salvation is not really about a prayer - it’s about a new understanding on how to get to Heaven. No one deserves to go to Heaven. The attitude of your heart is the real issue. An example is the two thieves dying on the cross beside Jesus: Luke, 23: 39 “Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.”
40 But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your Kingdom.”
43 And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”
Say: Lord Jesus, I deserve condemnation for my sins and shortcomings. But I give all my sins to you. Forgive me of my sins. Come into my heart and fill me with your presence. Take control of my life. Protect me, guide me and deliver me from all evil. Amen.
The plan for getting to Heaven in Christianity is unique among the world’s religions. Most religions use the scorecard method. But we are saved by the mercy of God. Being born again is the beginning, not the end. Your life will still have problems, but you will now have the peace of Jesus in your heart.
Becoming a Christian does NOT mean you suddenly become mature, responsible, brave, a good parent, good worker, good student, rich, etc. It means your outlook and attitude change. When your outlook and attitude change, you are open to improving the circumstances of your life. Even with a sincere repentance of sin, we are going to fail from time to time, and every time we fail, we start over again. However, becoming a Christian means a change in behavior: If a drug dealer gives his life to the Lord and continues selling drugs, the sincerity of his repentance is debatable. He needs to stop selling drugs.
Why Christianity and not some other religion??
1) Christianity is the one true religion. When people say you should experiment with different religions or beliefs to see what works for you, you are going on a wild goose chase. Christianity works for everyone. If this offends you, sorry but it is the truth.
The most powerful proof for Christianity is the resurrection from the dead of Jesus Christ after He was crucified on the cross. Some people claim that the resurrection of Christ was nothing but a hoax. Logic alone disproves this claim. The resurrection is the only conceivable explanation for the beginning of the Christian Faith. After Christ was crucified, the disciples were terrified and scattered. It was only after the risen Christ appeared to the disciples that His followers believed and received power from on high after receiving the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. None of the original Apostles became rich and famous by becoming Christians. Most of the original apostles were tortured and executed. It is inconceivable that the Apostles would live a life of depravation, then face torture and death to perpetuate a myth.
If Christ had not risen from the dead, the Christian Church would never have started.
2) Protection from all the curses non-Christians place on Americans. Christianity is our ONLY protection against Satan and the demonic spirit world. If you don’t believe there is a spiritual world you will laugh at this but that’s on you. Social Christians don’t know their authority in Christ and don’t consider it worth knowing. But the fact is that Americans are getting diseases and are sickly unlike in the past - and this is caused by the prayers of destruction cast by Muslims, native American spiritualists, voodoo practitioners, Satanic cults, black magic and many Spanish witchcraft groups. Witchcraft is big in the Spanish culture. You need to protect yourself and family with prayer. In order to have this protection, you need to be a member of the body of Christ and start saying warfare prayers.
3) Christianity WAS the foundation of Western Civilization and American Society. Western Civilization is a social system derived from the beliefs set fourth from the Christian faith. Without Christianity, there would be no civilization. (See “Western Civilization”) The world would revert to its dark past of cult religions, superstitions and Might makes Right.
As America has abandoned Christianity and Western Civilization, we have reaped many unintended consequences. The despair many young people feel about America’s future - and their personal future is directly related to the destruction of Christian social norms that used to make America such an attractive place to live. Although a majority of Americans still profess belief in God, it is pathetically obvious that the Christian culture that was largely in place in America has been replaced by secular America. There are many issues in America that will not be fixed by passing laws.
4) If you become or already are a Christian and you have strongholds in your personal life, go to a church that has signs and wonders and deliverance. Also spend 30 minutes a day reading the Bible and praying so you keep your peaceful Christian feelings. Church is a good place for friends.
Lord Jesus, I believe that You are the Son of God, the Messiah who came in the flesh to destroy the works of the devil. You died on the cross for my sins and rose again from the dead. Through the blood of Jesus, I am redeemed out of the hand of the devil. Forgive me of all my sins and if I have prayed any ungodly prayers against myself or anyone else, I declare them null and void in Jesus Name. If I have hurt someone, heal them of their hurt, in Jesus Name.
The Word of God is FOREVER settled in heaven. Therefore, I establish His Word upon this earth.
All authority has been given to Jesus in Heaven and on Earth. Jesus has given believers in Him the authority to use His name. Jesus gave believers the keys to the kingdom of heaven. That which I bind on earth is bound in heaven, and that which I loose on earth is loosed in heaven.
I am a member of the body of Christ. I have the power of God flowing through me in Jesus name and I do God’s will in Jesus name.
The WORD of God is sharper than any double-edged sword. (Heb 4:12)
I am of God through Jesus Christ. God in me is greater than Satan and his demons in this world. Everywhere I go, the glory and power of God goes with me in Jesus Name.
In all my ways I acknowledge God and He directs my path in Jesus name (Ps 119:105)
I am filled with the knowledge of the Lord’s will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding (Col 1:9)
Grace and peace unto me from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (Eph 1:2)
I am increasing in the knowledge of God. I am strengthened with all might according to His glorious power.” (Col 1:10,11)
I receive the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Jesus Christ, the eyes of my understanding being enlightened. And I am not reformed to this world but I am transformed by the renewing of my mind. My mind is renewed by the Word of God. (Eph 1:17 -)
Bind the strongman
By the power of Almighty God, through my Savior Jesus Christ, I bind the principalities, the powers, the rulers of the darkness of this world. I bind and cast down spiritual wickedness in high places and render them harmless and ineffective against ____ in the name of Jesus Christ. (Eph 6:12,13)
By the power of Almighty God, through my Savior Jesus Christ, anyone who is praying injury, disease, death, genetic defects, accidents, stupidity, curses, vexes, hexes, spells or any other ungodly prayers against ____either directly or indirectly, I break & declare these evil prayers null and void forever in Jesus Name.
Victory in Jesus
By the Power of Almighty God through my Savior Jesus Christ,_______am filled with the fullness of God, the peace of Jesus that passes all understanding, the joy of the Lord, self recognition of my personal shortcomings, wisdom, understanding, insight, intelligence and have Godly desires in all areas, Godly protection & safety, perfect health, long life and deliverance from all evil, in Jesus Name.
Jesus blood protects me from all evil. Because of the blood of Jesus Christ, Satan has no power over me, no place in me. I renounce him and his hosts completely and declare them to be my enemy and defeated in Jesus name.
No evil will befall me, neither shall any plague come near my dwelling. For the Lord has given His angels charge over me and they keep me safe in all my ways. In my pathway is life and there is no death in Jesus name.
God wants his people well. Christ has redeemed (me) _______ from the curse of the Law._______body develops/has immunity to any disease, allergy or disease fungus that attempts to afflict me in Jesus Name. My body defeats all disease, infections & allergies in Jesus Name. Any ungodly cells in ______ body are destroyed in Jesus Name. There are NO ungodly cells in (my) _______ body in Jesus Name. Every organ, bone, ligament, cartiledge, joint, musc, every tissue and every cell in (my) _____ body is restored to perfect heath and functions in the perfection to which God created them to function in Jesus Name. I forbid any malfunction in (my) _______ body, by the power of God, through my Savior, J Christ. Any genetic defects are healed in Jesus Name.
As C S Lewis said in Mere Christianity: “...Christianity simply does not make sense until you have faced the sort of facts I have been describing. Christianity tells people to repent and promises them forgiveness. It therefore has nothing (as far as I know) to say to people who do not know they have done anything to repent of and who do not feel that they need any forgiveness. It is after you have realized that there is a real Moral law, and a Power behind the law, and that you have broken that law and put yourself wrong with that Power - it is after all this, and not a moment sooner, that Christianity begins to talk.”