Spiritual Q & A

Q: Who is Jesus Christ? Was there indeed such a man?

 A: Yes, indeed.  There was a man in the history some 2000 years ago in the land of Judah (currently Palestine) who was crucified under the hands of Pontius Pilate, and rose from His death on the third day; there were hundreds of witnesses, including His disciples. He was not just a Jewish teacher, nor was He just a moralistic religious reformer,  He proclaimed  that He himself is equal to the one and only true God,  He was God Himself who became man, who came to this world in order to reveal who God is, and to redeem the sins of the world. He died on the cross, and through His resurrection He was proof to the power of the Almighty God. He was not a lunatic, nor was He a liar, He did not become a perfect man of God through cultivation, He is 100% God , and 100% Man. He is the Savior for all mankind.

Q: Who are Christians?

A: Christians are people who have a personal relationship with Lord Jesus. Anyone  who believes in who Jesus Christ is (please refer to answer No. 1 above), and is willing to  receive  His salvation and receives Jesus Christ to be his/her personal Savior and the Lord of his/her life, and is willing to testify his/her commitment through baptism is a Christian.

Q: What does “Salvation” mean?

A: The Bible tells us that we all have sinned against God. Because of our sinful nature, we are subject to sin and death, and after death there will be a judgment.  Salvation comes through faith in Jesus Christ, when someone acknowledges that He who is the Word, and the Word became flesh, died and resurrected, through His salvation one will be freed from the bondage of sin,  and the sins are forgiven , and one will receive new life.

Q: Must a Christian be baptized?

A: To become a Christian must be “willing” to be baptized. Baptism is a testimony of our commitment, to conjoin our lives together with Christ and be joined together with the body of Christ—the church, is crucial to the growth of a Christian.  It is understandable that sometimes people may not be baptized due to circumstances beyond control, but their “willingness ” to be baptized would surely be in the hearts of those who are truly committed to Jesus Christ.

Q: Christian faith tells us that by believing in Jesus, confess one’s sins, and all sins will be forgiven,  isn’t that too easy ?

A: Jesus Christ became flesh and lived a perfect model of a man for all mankind, He took the place of the failures of all, He took the penalty of death on the cross, and paid the debts for our sins. Ultimately, He resurrected from His death, overcame death, and gave new lives to all those who believe in Him, and receive His salvation.  Therefore, for anyone who believes in Jesus, confesses his/her sins to God, his/her debts of sins will surely be forgiven. Confession of sin by mouth but not from the heart is not a true confession, but true confession will bring repentance from the heart; not only it brings forgiveness of our sins, God will also give us a clean heart so that we will no longer sin intentionally. Sins forgiven does not necessarily mean that one would not have to bear legal consequences.   

Q: What is the faith of Christianity?

A: There are a few key points of Christian faith:

(1)    Believe that there is only one true God in the universe. He is the Creator and Lord of the heavens, earth and all things created.

(2)    Believe that God came to this world, He is the Word and the Word became flesh to reveal God’s love for the world, He ultimately died on the cross, resurrected on the third day, He ascended to heaven and His name is Jesus.

(3)    Believe that those who believe in their hearts, and confess with their mouths that Jesus Christ is Lord, that He is God who became flesh -- will be saved.  Salvation is entirely based on the believers’ faith in Lord Jesus, and is not by his/her good work or cultivation.

(4)   Those who are saved are Christians. Not only their sins are forgiven, they will also have God’s Spirit indwelled in them, and their lives will be changed.

Q:  There are so many different denominations in the Christian faith, which one is the true faith?

A: As long as the key belief of the Christian faith complies with the four main focuses as explained in answer no. 6, it would be the true Christian faith, regardless which denomination the church may be belong to, including Catholicism, Greek Orthodox and Reform church after the church reform by Martin Luther, (Christian Faith) denominations such as Lutheran,  Baptist, Presbyterian or non-denominational churches (i.e. Tree of Life Christian Church). But there are some churches which are using Christian related names; for example: Church of Christ, Latter Day Saints, (commonly known as the Mormons), Jehovah’s witness, Scientology (Christian Science) or some other emerging churches, these so called “Christian faith” they preach are different than the core teachings of the Christian faith, no matter how they are using the “Christian” related names, they are not part of the true Christian faith.

Q: How do I become a Christian?

A: Very simple, You can pray to God – the Heavenly Father by yourself , tell Him earnestly that : “ Heavenly Father , thank you for Lord Jesus who became flesh for me,  He died on the cross and pay the debts of my sins and resurrected on the third day. I pray for your forgiveness for all my sins known or unknown to me, help me to be freed from the bondage of sin. I want to receive Jesus Christ into my heart to be my Savior and the Lord of my life; and I will follow Him for the rest of my life. May the Lord bless me with the Holy Spirit, and let me be present with Lord Jesus so that my life shall change. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.” You can pray now and become a Christian, join a church and be baptized to be a a part of God’s family.