To be a Christian is to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. Everyone is called to follow Jesus and then to lead others to him through their words and actions.
True Christianity is not religion, nor is it salvation through good works one does in life; it is not how one is raised from childhood, nor is it a way by which one can obtain material wealth and success.
It is a free will commitment to, by faith, believe in the salvation message of Jesus Christ and follow in his example, regardless of the challenges one may experience in life, and thereby receive true freedom in being eternally united with Almighty God.
The word of faith we are proclaiming: That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
Romans 10:8-10 (NIV)
One cannot solely rely on a particular individual or institution for his/her faith in Jesus Christ, for when that individual or institution fails to meet God’s standards, it will shake the very foundation of his/her faith. One’s faith must be based wholly on God’s Word and through prayer, which will never fail.
To an unbeliever it may seem foolish, but once the initial step of faith is taken to believe, one’s eyes are opened and the truth begins to unfold through the pages of God’s Word.
You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.
For this people’s heart has become calloused;
they hardly hear with their ears,
and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
hear with their ears,
understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them.
Matthew 13:14-15 (NIV)