Some say Christianity is a religion. But when you read the life of Jesus Christ, you notice that the religious people were the ones who were most offended by His teaching and by His lifestyle. Religious people were the ones who wanted Jesus killed.
Russian writer Fydor Dostoevsky tells a story in the book, “The Grand Inquisitor” about Jesus coming again as a poor man to the Russian world of the 1800′s. Once again, the religious people are offended with Jesus and have Him killed. Something tells me that Jesus didn’t intend to start another religion.
Some say that Christianity is a teaching or a belief system. But as you read the New Testament, you see that the emphasis is on doing the word, not on hearing it, learning it, debating it, or merely studying it. Christianity has to be much more than doctrines or a creed.
Some say that Christianity is a tradition or a human culture. However, that reduces Christianity to a person’s upbringing — to nothing more than a religious heirloom that is passed down from generation to generation.
Some say that Christianity is a religious organization consisting of leaders, buildings, and meetings. But there are so many differing religious organizations, how would you know which one is genuine Christianity?
Some say that Christianity consists of merely attending a weekly religious meeting consisting of singing, an offering, announcements, sometimes a sacrament, and a lecture (sermon) by a professional Christian. But that is like saying that watching American TV makes you an American. It is not really true.
So how can we discover what Christianity is? Thanks for asking. Why not read what Jesus taught and look at how the first Christians lived? Fortunately we can. The Gospels contain Jesus’ teachings. Notice especially Matthew 5,6, & 7 — “The Sermon On The Mount”. Also “The Book of Acts” tells and shows how the first Christians lived.
If you care to know what Christianity really is, I encourage to read (and re-read) “The Sermon on the Mount” and “The Book Of Acts”. Read them with an open mind and you will see genuine Christianity before your own eyes.