But, if I am to understand the main message of Christianity as being simplified to say:
1. God loves me and has a wonderful plan for my life, but
2. We are sinful and separated from God, thus we cannot experience his love and plan.
3. Jesus is God's only plan for our salvation, through Him alone we experience God's love and plan, and
4. We must individually receive Jesus Christ, by faith.
Then I am confused about the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
A. Why are they written the way they are? Why not just say Jesus was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, was crucified, and then risen? Why all the stuff in between?
B. And why was Jesus so cryptic about so many of these things? Why not just come out and say it?
C. And what do I do with the Old Testament, then? It seems vacant from my basic understanding of what Christianity is all about.
D. Also, if this is my framework, then was Jesus a Christian?
E. And if the gospel is mainly a way to have a personal relationship with God, then why did Jesus talk so much about "kingdom"? Is "kingdom" just another way of saying people with a relationship with God?
F. I also have experiential questions about this "wonderful plan" for my life. So, after entering into a relationship with God, am I right to assume I should expect "wonderful"-ness?
And the list goes on and for for me, I'm afraid. I'd love to hear some of your thoughts, and I'd like to share some of mine in the coming posts, as well. Stay tuned.