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05/15/2011 / Kaitlin Zhang

10 Reasons to Simplify Christianity

Have you ever been engaged in a conversation with Christians and you have no idea what they are saying?  Perhaps you have been in a conversation where both sides of the argument make sense and you don’t know which one is right?  Well, I certainly have.

That’s the main reason why I created this blog in the first place.  I want to put emphasizes on the basics of Christianity without getting into the messy areas of disagreements.  Although it has great theological importance to be able to explain the Trinity (for example), it is perhaps irrelevant to some people who are struggling today in real life with real problems, such as being unsure of How do I pray.

I am not a pastor.  I didn’t go to bible school.  All I am is a Christian who has received God’s love through Jesus Christ and is living life happily and purposefully.  I have a very simple yet complete idea of who Jesus is to me.   I am also a minimalist.  I believe in being concise and clear.  I believe that happiness is not buying more stuff but giving more love.

What does it mean to simplify Christianity?

It means to

  • communicate the gospel and Christian ideas in a simple manner
  • have a simple set of priorities, which leads to a more complete life

10 Reasons to Simplify Christianity:

  1. Love God.  The task is simple.  Love God with all your heart, all your mind, all your soul and all your strength.
  2. Love Others.  A small act of love is better than anyone’s ability to act religious.
  3. Simple Truth.  God is Love.  It’s a simple but profound truth.
  4. Correct Misconceptions.  There are so many wrong images of Christianity.  By simplifying our image to just merely love can help correct some misconceptions.
  5. Speed Evangelism.  The Gospel is the core message.  Telling people about Jesus can be accomplished in one conversation.
  6. Unite the Church.  Focus less on denominational differences and more on what we have in common.
  7. Communicate Effectively.  Most people don’t understand difficult religious ideas.  The best way to communicate is by using simple words and simple sentences.
  8. Target the Problem.  Most people are not losing sleep over contemplation of a deep theological issue.  Most people dealing with real problems such as relationships, finance and health.  Helping people with these problems will help them know Christ.
  9. Less Busy. Less Stress.  Having simplified priorities will help you have better time management.
  10. Simplicity Rocks.  Clear away physical items so your stuff don’t own you.  Declutter your schedule for more time with God.  Declutter your minds for a focus on love and the positive.
Most importantly, I have found by living a simple life, I have grown closer with God and others.  My life was about all the wrong things before and now it’s finally about the right thing.  I love my life now and I am thankful everyday for God’s love and grace.
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  1. Noel / May 15 2011 5:23 pm

    I have a similar view. My blog is also based on simplifying our lives, surrendering, and serving others. We are so distracted with so much which keeps us away from what really counts: loving each other as Jesus loved us. We tend to complicate our lives with doctrines, judging the non believers, discussing when will the world end, which religion is the right one, etc. It is wasted time and effort. Our focus should be serving the poor, the same way we serve the self. thanks.

  2. Marianne Lordi / May 16 2011 7:19 am

    If I may, I would like to add a little to your message. AS you know, Christianity is not a religion. We are not saved by what we do but by putting our faith solely in Christ not only as Savior but as Lord and Master. To be Christian is to die to self and to our way of doing things and to surrender it all to Christ to do things through us. In Scripture, the rich, young ruler did good things, he helped the poor and he tried to obey the law…….but he was not saved! Why? Because Christ was not Lord over his life. His money was. His good works of helping the poor did nothing to save him. The same is true for us. We must allow Christ to work through us to do as HE wills. It is not self-imposed works but those directed by Christ who lives in the life of a true believer. The best way to show your faith is to live it despite the cost even if everyone derides you for your trust in Christ alone.

    And though I see Noel’s good points, we should not be obsessed by the ending times but Christ did tell us to watch for it and he gave us events to watch for so he must have wanted us to speak on it! He wanted us to be completely aware of the time of the end even though we won’t know the exact day or the hour. We should know the signs to watch to know that it is imminent!

    • K Zhang / May 16 2011 7:12 pm

      I agree that we can’t be saved by works alone. The only way to be saved is to accept Jesus as Lord. He died for our sins on the cross.

      It is certainly important to think about the end times and know what Jesus said about the end times. But that won’t be the purpose of this blog. I wish to share the Gospel and the basics of Christianity to many people with simple language. I want to put the most emphasize on spreading the Gospel and helping new Christians adjust. Although deeper theological questions are of great importance, they are beyond the realm of this blog. However, just because I don’t blog about them, doesn’t mean that you can’t ask me questions.

      Thank you very much for commenting!

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