I believe in Jesus. As I have written before, when I say that I believe in Jesus I mean that in the sense that I believe in doing the right thing, I believe in democracy, or I believe in my kids. Yesterday, my daughter and I were talking about the difference between believing in Santa Clause (it exists) and believing in honesty (it is something I trust in and am faithful to). I asked her which she thought believing in Jesus was like. Of course, she said believing in Santa Clause.
I told her that for me it was more like believing in honesty and talked to her about how I thought believing in Jesus made a difference in my life, in the kind of person I am. I think that Christians need to do a better job talking about this. Particularly those of us who do not believe that believing in Jesus will save us from hellfire, or at least believe that is not all believing in Jesus will do for us.
So, I'm sending a link to this post to my friends at Chalice Christian. I would love to hear what difference it makes to you to be a Christian. [Note: I allow anonymous posting, so if you don't have a google account, just post anonymously and share your name in the comment box if you chose.] Of course, I would also really like to hear what other readers have to say.
I'll start. Being a Christian has helped me fight one of my greatest sins--arrogance. I am inclined to think I'm better and more important than others. Through prayer, scriptural study, working with other Christians in discussion, etc., in other words, being faithful to or trusting in Jesus, I've learned to mitigate this personal weakness. The result has been that I am able to enjoy those around me much more than I would otherwise. I can have healthy relationship that would not otherwise be available. I get to lead a happier life.
I look forward to reading what others have to say.