Let’s take a look at and compare the faith in Jesus Christ with the other possible choices. There are some unique reasons why someone would come to believe in and follow God’s one and only Son.
First: Christianity is the only faith that is based on love. It teaches that “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him will have everlasting life” (John 3:16). After his or her earthly body dies, a true believer will spend eternity in a wonderful, perfect place in the universe where there is no sorrow, no pain, no tears, no sickness. Only everlasting joy.
Second: Christianity is based on giving to others in order to show the love that we have for others as Jesus has for us, his earthly and heavenly family. Giving is born of caring — love for God’s creation and the people who live on earth and in heaven. Caring expresses itself in sharing, giving to others of your love, your time, your consideration, friendship and kindness. Your gift to others comes in all forms, from showing kindness to the needy, the homeless, the sick and dying and the depressed. Jesus gave his life to pay the penalty for our sins, to show his love and his obedience to God, his Father. He gave to show us his absolute commitment to honesty, truth and integrity.
Third: As Christians, we learn from Christ to follow his example of truth, caring, honesty and absolute dependency on God, his Father, in addition to his great love for all people. We want to be like him. We follow his example in order to please God and to demonstrate to others an example for them to see — that they might also follow.
There is but one way to become part of the “family of God.” That is to accept the invitation from Jesus to join his “forever family” by believing him when he says, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to God, the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).
Why a Christian? Why not love, truth and eternal life promised from God and Jesus, his Son, now on earth and in heaven forever?
• Jim Bush, a chaplain, lives in Tracy. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn about opportunities to write for Reflections on Faith, religious leaders in the Tracy community can call 835-3030 or email email@example.com.