There is one basic difference between Christianity and all of the other religions of the world. Some religions demand that I change, that I toe the line, that I become righteous. Others talk of a process where we study, meditate, deny ourselves. In the course of the process we become gradually better. This process may span many lifetimes before we reach an acceptable level of righteousness.
Christianity says otherwise. Ezekiel was shown a valley of dead, dry, lifeless bones and was asked ‘Can these bones live?’ And indeed they did. Sinew, muscle, flesh, skin. Then they breathed and they became living beings. Jeremiah as well talks about a heart change. God promised He would take our heart of stone and make it a heart of flesh.
In the New Testament Paul talks about those who are in Christ being new creatures, about us not just doing righteousness but being righteousness. Christianity is not a regimen for self improvement. Because before Christ we were dead in our trespasses and sins. Improvement would not work because dead people don’t get better.
Remember that old song? Give me that old time religion. One verse says ‘Makes you love everybody’. Remember when you first accepted Christ? The love you felt? The glow? That’s God’s work and it doesn’t take a lifetime or a few lifetimes. It happens in a instant. We don’t improve ourselves and God doesn’t improve us. No, He does something new, something miraculous. He takes us from death…