Thursday, February 14, 2013

'Personal Relationship with Jesus' Isn't Biblical

Ah, it wasn't until yesterday that it dawned on me that it doesn't even have that superficial biblicality so many unsound Christian thoughts have:

What must we do to be saved?

Acts 16:31-  They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.”

So, believing is a bit different from having a personal relationship.  Sure, I know, you are thinking something along the lines of I don't want to 'just be saved.'  So, obviously there must be some sort of relationship with God to be had.

Well, Jesus and his contemporaries didn't use hippie terminology like personal relationship to describe anything, but we can assume a relationship is strongly implied.

How should we pray? 

Matthew 6:9 - "Pray, then in this way:
                         Our Father who is in heaven,
                         Hallowed be Your name.

So, are you going to spend all your time developing a personal relationship with Jesus because some hippies told you to, or are you going to pray to the Father, and develop whatever subsequent relationships that happen to occur?

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