What does it mean to be a Christian?


S. D. found the irony in this; I think it’s incredibly profound.  Why do we expect God to give us an easy life?  What do we think this is all about, anyway?  (And by “we” I mean “me”).

Another friend emailed me this recently, a wonderful reminder of our purpose here:

The chief purpose of life is not happiness, but the knowledge of God. One reason that the problem of evil seems so puzzling is that we tend to think that if God exists, then His goal for human life is happiness in this world.  God’s role is to provide comfortable environment for His human pets.  But on the Christian view this is false.  We are not God’s pets, and man’s end is not happiness in this world, but the knowledge of God, which will ultimately bring true and everlasting human fulfillment.  Many evils occur in life which maybe utterly pointless with respect to the goal of producing human happiness in this world, but they may not be unjustified with respect to producing the knowledge of God.”


4 comments on “What does it mean to be a Christian?

  1. Mom says:

    “It will always help us if we regard this world as
    organized not for our comfort but for our training.”
    William Barclay


  2. samuel says:

    It is making a big difference in my own life as I try to get the notion out of system that everything God does he does centered around me and try to get the point to sink in deep that everything God does he does for his own glory.

    Also, he shares his glory, even glorifies, his holy people.

    I have always had a hard time getting it in my head that the world doesn’t revolve around me (including God). Blasphemy!

    But I hope I am starting to understand, by God’s grace, and to truly be thankful for his mercy.

    This is from God, of course.


  3. bscarlettc says:

    Excellent post. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. I always appreciate the comments. Even more, I enjoy finding new blogs where His name is exalted.


  4. Nom J says:

    Excellant post — thnkx for sharing. Loved the diagram, and the fellow-commentors,comments.
    Thankyou all: focused,straight-forward, truthful, simple, clear & righteous.



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