What can’t you do? As a Christian, I’ve been asked this question plenty of times. While I’ve been devoted to Christian faith all my life, I like to think that that there’s nothing I “can’t” do. The things human beings are capable of doing are close to limitless—there’s a vast array of things out there that are within our reach.
Maybe it isn’t a matter of “can’t,” but a case of “wouldn’t.” These two things are entirely different. The word “can’t” seemingly puts you in a weaker place, while “wouldn’t” is more so empowering. There is immense power in willingly choosing to live and breathe in such a way that it is both personally and spiritually gratifying. We, Christians, decide to lead our lives in ways that would primarily be pleasing to our Savior, Jesus Christ. We believe that if we follow the rules that are centuries-old, we will all strive to lead a more meaningful and fulfilling life.
The commandments of the Christian faith were abridged into two: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” and “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” All the other commandments stem from the two and are more precise ways to put the main commandments into application on our daily lives as Christians. The term “Christian” actually covers a broad denomination with varying teachings, but all do significantly agree that the core of Christian values centers around the two mighty commandments. Christians do not view these commandments as “restrictions” but rather as means of expression of our devotion and faith to God.
The Ten Commandments are most if not universally acknowledged and believed by Christians. The following bullets furthermore specify such:
– Treating others kindly without expecting in return.
– Practicing honesty in all that we say and do.
– Not idolizing the materialistic and focusing on serving life’s higher purpose.
– Attending church every week as a way of keeping holy the Sabbath day.
– Getting baptized is taught by Jesus to be a very significant ordinance.
– Strictly adhering to fidelity in marriage and abstaining from pre-marital sexual intimacy.
– Practicing consistent and humble repentance for our sins while keeping in mind Jesus Christ’s sacrifice for humankind.
– Humbling ourselves down and sincerely offering any financial amount to the church and charity.
The various common Christian factions all generally follow definite commandments that are distinct to each religious sect. For example, Catholics are fixedly against abortion and attend church while receiving Holy Communion every Sunday. They acknowledge sacred holidays like Good Friday, Ash Wednesday and Lent. Jehovah’s Witnesses do not observe birthdays, Halloween or even Christmas. Devotees of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints abide by a distinct set of commandments such as not consuming drugs, alcohol, tea, and coffee; refraining from smoking tobacco, doing abortion, gambling, and not engaging into relationships of the same-sex.
These are only some of the many sects that follow Christianity. Christianity is massive and comes with varying groups by the million, all united to serve and worship one God.
To people who are not devout and do not follow a specific religion, it may seem like the commandments are restrictive and limiting in nature. But really, that is just all in perspective. We must humble ourselves down and always remember that we are mere humans who need constant guidance from the Supreme Being that has created all. It is liberating to be a step closer to God as we follow these commandments, which in turn, opens avenues for a better and more fulfilling life.