How to Become a Better Christian

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1-10-2016, 04:20
Christianity is the belief in Jesus Christ as the one true God and follows the morality outlined in the Bible. While many people practice the religion, becoming a better Christian is not as easy as attending Sunday Mass. To truly become a better Christian you need to become more knowledgeable about God, develop a relationship with him, and carry his teachings in your everyday life.

Becoming More Knowledgeable About God

  1. Read scripture regularly. Having a knowledge of scripture will help you understand what God intends for you, and will help guide you. Read slowly, internalize the text, and see how it relates to your daily life. Many times, you'll have to read passages much more than once for the teachings to fully sink in.
    • In 2 Timothy 3:16-17 it says, "In All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."
    • The Christian Bible is made up of The Old and New Testament.
    • There are different translations of the Bible that exist, including the King James Bible, the Common English Bible, the English Standard Version, the Holman Christian Standard Bible, among many others.
    • Talk to a member of your church to see which book is preferred for your congregation.
    • Reading scripture with others may give you different perspectives on the text and help you better understand it.
  2. Go to mass on a weekly basis. The purpose of mass is to unify Christians in worshiping and praising God's grace. Usually, during mass the pastor, priest, or reverend will perform a sermon which will have stories from the Bible and occurrences from real life. Not only does attending mass make your relationship with the Lord stronger, but it also gives you the opportunity to interact with other Christians.
    • Most Christian churches celebrate the Eucharist which is also known as The Holy Communion or The Lord's Supper, which is a reenactment of Jesus's last meal.
    • Going to mass may clarify questions you have from reading scripture at home.
  3. Talk to your priest, pastor, or reverend. If you have questions about scripture, mass, or your faith, a priest, pastor, or minister may be able to explain things to you. If you attend a Protestant or Baptist church, try visiting your priest after mass, or during the weekdays. Write down any questions that you have such as, questions that arise when reading scripture, questions about a sermon, or a dilemma you're facing in your life.
    • You can ask your priest by saying something like "Do you have some time to talk about my faith? I have questions that I can't answer myself."
    • In Catholicism, it's regular practice to confess your sins to the priest.
  4. Join a Bible or Christian group. Look online for Christian meetups in your area, or if you're younger, ask your parents if you can join your local church's bible group. Being around other people with the same faith can help solidify yours and give you unique insights into how other people praise God. Usually, churches will have youth bible study or classes to help you learn more about Jesus.
    • Your teacher will also have additional insights in how to be a better Christian.

Developing a Deeper Relationship With God

  1. Pray every day and talk to God. In Christianity, prayer is the act of reflecting upon your actions and feelings and communicating them with God. While you pray, you can ask God to help you, seek his forgiveness for a sin you committed, or ask for guidance on a problem in your life. The more you truly reflect, the closer you will be to him.
    • In some forms of Christianity, there are pre-written prayers that you can recite like Our Father, Hail Mary, and The Apostle's Creed.
    • Protestant and Catholic followers recite The Apostle's Creed while Orthodox Christians use the creed from Nicaea and Constantinople.
    • When you talk to God, make sure that you turn off distractions like your cell phone or TV.
  2. Listen to God. God is around is everywhere you go and communicates through events that happen in your life. To listen to God, you need to have to be open and receptive to signs that he gives you. Also, you need to have a firm grasp of scripture and morality to be able to discern between personal desire and the desire of your Lord. Take the morality of Scripture and allow it to dictate your actions towards other people.
    • In Romans 10:17 it says "Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ."
  3. Incorporate the word of God in your day-to-day life. When you do God's work, it makes you closer to him. Consider the scripture and morality when you make decisions, and always aim to help other people. The more that you abide by his word and live a good life the closer you will feel to him.
    • For example, if you need to decide on whether to lie or to be truthful at your job, consider that bearing false witness is a cardinal sin.
    • If someone comes to you for help and guidance, instead of turning them away, do what you can do for them.
  4. Visit Holy Christian sites. When Jesus walked the earth, he visited many places in what is now known as Israel. Traveling to Holy sites is sometimes referred to as a pilgrimage for Christians, and is meant to bring you closer to God. While many of the original Holy places are in Israel, many places are considered Holy around the world.
    • In Israel, some Holy sites include the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Mount Zion, Bethlehem and Nazareth.
    • Other places across the world that are considered Holy include, Zaragoza in Spain, Vatican City in Rome, and Mt. Sinai and St. Catherine’s Monastery in Egypt.

Doing Acts of Good

  1. Volunteer at a local homeless shelter or soup kitchen. Jesus fed the sick, poor, and downtrodden on his journey to spread the word of God. When you do acts of good like help at a shelter or soup kitchen, it's part of being a Christian. Search online for shelters in your area and give them a call during business hours to inquire about opportunities to volunteer.
    • In Proverbs 21:13 it says "Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor will also cry out and not be answered."
  2. Volunteer at your church. The church that you go to will probably be involved in some programs in your town to help others. Some churches will take missions to go to poorer countries and help the people there and disaster response, while others concentrate on improving the neighborhood. Call your local church and inquire about any volunteer opportunities available.
    • The Bowery Mission in New York City is one example of a church with volunteer opportunities to help the homeless.
    • Things that they might have you do is feed the poor, clean up a community space, or help fix up or repair things at the church itself.
  3. Treat people with dignity and respect. In Galatians 3:28 it says, "There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus." This can be interpreted to mean that regardless of their beliefs or nationalities, you should treat all people with dignity and respect. Instead of spreading messages of hate because your theologies differ, extend the olive branch and talk to those that don't share the same belief systems.
    • Treat those in the LGBT community with dignity and respect as they are also God's children.
    • Discrimination, racism, and sexism violate the word of God.
  4. Help people who need it. You can help simply by listening to family or friends when they are going through rough times. Be understanding and caring to those that need the help, and try to refrain from judgment. Think of simple ways to improve the lives of those around you.
    • You can also help in other ways like stopping for someone who needs assistance on the road or helping an elderly person with their groceries.
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