Being a Christian

A belief I hold very strongly is believing in Jesus Christ through all things that I do. I was raised in the church and still continue to go today. My families faith in God is very strong and we believe that God makes everything happen for a reason. My family would be my biggest influence in the church and why I am such a strong believer in Christ. Most of all my friends and their families are also the same way. Some ways my family has influenced me would be by turning to prayer. Even though God’s presence cannot be seen, you have to believe in his actual spirit and that he truly is real. Another influence would be reading the Bible. The stories in the Bible prove that he is real and without him we are nothing. These stories explain his existence. There would be no world or human beings if God did not create us.

There are many reasons why one might steer a different way then believing in God. For example, my cousin grew up in the church and now he says that he is not a believer. When I ask him why the only thing he can say is “if God existed why do bad things happen”. And for Christians like my family and I, we believe God’s way has a meaning. Things that could have possible steered him in this direction would be the group of friends he hangs out with. It is hard to see someone grow up in the church and then randomly choose not to believe anymore. His group of friends could have been a bigger influence on them than his own family. I think this because he was always a believer until he started hanging out with the group of friends he has now, and he has told us that they are not Christians. They could have peer pressured him into changing his beliefs or just totally convinced him otherwise. Depending on the type of person you are, you can be easily swayed by others opinions. I know he has read the Bible and it is hard to believe that just a friends opinion could change the way he viewed the readings. A true Christian cannot be peer pressured into believing anything different from Jesus Christ being our Lord and Savior. He could have chosen to hang out with a different crowd of people after realizing the type of people they were but he did not which is why he has stuck with his belief. Many people choose to live like this though. And another reason someone may be steered in a different direction would be they do not have a background of going to church and have never being positively influenced by someone to go.

Social homogeneity is not necessary with being a Christian. I know and have met many Christian people but that does not mean I agree with all the decisions they make. Some people will “say” they are Christians but act totally opposite from what is expected of a true Christian person. Everyone sins everyday because we are only human but if you are a true Christian you will always turn to God to put you back in the right direction. Everyone has a right to have their own belief in today’s day and time and I am not one to judge. Although, I may not agree with them and how they display themselves I have my own faith that encourages me to keep believing in Jesus Christ.

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2 thoughts on “Being a Christian

  1. Savanna,

    This response is a great start, and you follow the requirements of the assignment well, but to get to the Satisfactory level you’ll need to explain your ideas in a little more detail. For example, you write:

    “My family would be my biggest influence in the church and why I am such a strong believer in Christ. Most of all my friends and their families are also the same way.”

    It would help if you say more about this. What are some of the ways that these people have influenced you? Can you give a few specific examples of things that have actually happened? Do you think such social homogeneity is necessary for your belief?

    Being more specific and more detailed will help with the second half. You say “His group of friends could have been a bigger influence on them than his own family.” Why do you think this? How could friends shake a strongly held belief? After you give more details in the first half, try to imagine mirror-opposite details that might have affected your cousin.

    Good luck! You have until Sept 24 to complete revisions, but I strongly suggest you complete your revisions well in advance of that date.

    M

  2. Savanna,

    This is good. I like where you say “Some people will “say” they are Christians but act totally opposite from what is expected of a true Christian person. ” That’s really interesting, and it ties right in to some of the things Equiano says at the end of our reading for today. You talk a lot about true Christians — what makes a false Christian?

    I’m still wondering about what you call “peer pressure.” You say that some people are vulnerable to it, which implies that some people aren’t. How can you know whether you’re vulnerable or not? How could you measure such a thing?

    Anyway, these are just questions to think about. It’s a tough assignment, and although you’ve passed, it still seems like there a whole bunch of ideas worth thinking about some more.

    Grade: S.

    M

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