It’s so important for you to study the scripture for yourself. There are people within the Christian faith who claim to be leaders and masses of people listen to them. They regurgitate whatever they’re told to believe. How will you know if you’re being lied to or mislead of you don’t know the truth? No man is perfect and everyone will get it wrong in some form or another. What they get wrong maybe you can get right. Maybe you can take what you hear that is right and add it to your own scriptural insight to get a better panoramic view of God and His ‘Kingdom life.’
Scripture is controversial, but mostly in the religious culture. If you can’t believe the Bible, then what can you believe? Sometimes we have to choose to trust the scripture in spite of our doctrinal upbringing. That’s not an easy thing to do, but your ‘real life’ depends on it.
Is it true that some people will not ‘choose Christ’?
Yes, it’s true. The whole thing, at best, sounds irrelevant to them. There is nothing you can do to make people see a need for Jesus in their lives. Any attempt that you make ends up making you sound like a self-righteous butt. If they don’t see a need, you try to poke holes in their existence while comparing their lives to yours. It doesn’t take them long to not want anything to do with you because of your ‘Christianity’.
The only way you were able to ‘come’ was by answering a ‘call.’
‘No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him.’ -John 6:44 ESV
If you made the decision to become a Christian because of a lifestyle change, the desire to be a ‘better person’, then your decision originated with yourself. It’s not a conversion it’s a modification. You can decorate every aspect of your lives with His name, work in His name and pray in His name, yet still not have a clue who He actually is. Worse, He doesn’t know who you are.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven…-Matthew 7:21 ESV
How do you ‘choose Christ’?
You don’t. Nobody can come unless they are called. People can and do respond to the ‘seed’ scattered by ‘the farmer’, but when the time passes, they will return to what they believe. (Matt13:18-23) The people who belong to Jesus leave a particular flavor to life that some are receptive to and some are oblivious to. Even reception is a gift from God. You are ‘saved by faith’, faith is a gift and that gift is irrevocable.
“This is why I told you earlier that no one is capable of coming to me on his own. You get to me only as a gift from the Father.” -John 6:65
You didn’t choose me, remember; I chose you…-John 15:16
You know how it works. Not everybody has this gift, this insight; it hasn’t been given to them. -Matthew 13:11 ESV
…by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God. –Ephesians 2:8
..the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. -Romans 11:29 ESV
We respond to a call, we don’t initiate it. We are given faith, we can’t summons it. We are given insight, we can’t learn it.
But, can we say no if we’re called? Can we believe the truth but still walk away from it? That’s what I’ll write about tomorrow.