Saved! and Born again!

I’m really bad at being a Christian. The good news is that in the end it won’t matter.

I was talking with some co-workers no to long ago and the term “Born Again” came up in the conversation. One person asked what that meant, and before I knew it there where all of these different answers thrown out there. None of them even came close to what it means to a Christian who has been “Born Again.”

The answers were all over the place. From a personal encounter with God where someone sees a bright light -to- what happens to you after you visit the holy land. And a few snide comments in between.

Lets start with the other term that freaks people out- Saved! Okay, what does “Saved” mean?

It means you’ve hear of Jesus’s death on the cross and how he was the payment for our sins, believed that and  admitted then that you are a sinner and asked for forgiveness. Thus you are “saved” from hell and damnation for your sins. See: John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

What does “Born Again” mean, anyway?

The term “Born Again” comes from the same place in the bible, John chapter 3. Jesus talks about “being born again.” He’s Talking about being a new person, one that is of His Kingdom and going to heaven when they die. Being “Born Again” is the same thing as being saved, but it talks to the fresh start the we receive when we understand the what God’s plan was for Jesus and what it means for us.

Why are you writing about this on the MM?

All of this made be realize was how misunderstood most of Christianity is to the unbelievers in the world. That means we Christians are not doing our job, being in the world but not of it, spreading the gospel and showing people Christ through our actions.

When I started this post I said I was bad at being a Christian and I meant that. I sin everyday, I screw up, make bad decisions and don’t do what I know is right. I try everyday to do better, but I have yet to get it right. But guess what? I’m saved and born again. It doesn’t matter, because Jesus paid the price for my sins on the cross. And he paid for yours too.

Author: AnneElliot

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