What Is Christianity Anyway?

Some say Christianity is a religion. But when you read the life of Jesus Christ, you notice that the religious people were the ones who were most offended by His teaching and by His lifestyle. Religious people were the ones who wanted Jesus killed.

Russian writer Fydor Dostoevsky tells a story in the book, “The Grand Inquisitor” about Jesus coming again as a poor man to the Russian world of the 1800’s. Once again, the religious people are offended with Jesus and have Him killed. Something tells me that Jesus didn’t intend to start another religion.

Some say that Christianity is a teaching or a belief system. But as you read the New Testament, you see that the emphasis is on doing the word, not on hearing it, learning it, debating it, or merely studying it. Christianity has to be much more than doctrines or a creed.

Some say that Christianity is a tradition or a human culture. However, that reduces Christianity to a person’s upbringing — to nothing more than a religious heirloom that is passed down from generation to generation.

Some say that Christianity is a religious organization consisting of leaders, buildings, and meetings. But there are so many differing religious organizations, how would you know which one is genuine Christianity?

Some say that Christianity consists of merely attending a weekly religious meeting consisting of singing, an offering, announcements, sometimes a sacrament, and a lecture (sermon) by a professional Christian. But that is like saying that watching American TV makes you an American. It is not really true.

So how can we discover what Christianity is? Thanks for asking. Why not read what Jesus taught and look at how the first Christians lived? Fortunately we can. The Gospels contain Jesus’ teachings. Notice especially Matthew 5,6, & 7 — “The Sermon On The Mount”.   Also “The Book of Acts” tells and shows how the first Christians lived.

If you care to know what Christianity really is, I encourage to read (and re-read) “The Sermon on the Mount” and “The Book Of Acts”. Read them with an open mind and you will see genuine Christianity before your own eyes.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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5 Responses to What Is Christianity Anyway?

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  2. traviskolder says:


    Love it. I’m always shocked when people buy in to a version of Christianity that doesn’t involve concepts found in both Acts and the Sermon on the Mount. I cut my teeth on Christianity that believed both of these sections were normative, not optional. So here’s a question: Besides immersing yourself over and over again in these passages, what have you found helpful for helping you live and experience an apostolic (book of acts) and Kingdom (Matthew 5-7) lifestyle?

  3. Steve Simms says:

    Great question, Travis. Here is what has worked for me. Read Acts and the Sermon on the Mount over and over; stay in the Bible daily. Read the writings of deeply spiritual Christians from the past; let them stir your soul. Read about Acts-like Christian movements from through out church history (and the history of revival movements), and let that stir up a desire to see God do it again in our time. Avoid being brainwashed by modern media and the contemporary church (be a missionary, not a mission field). Listen to God’s voice, and be prompt to do what He tells you, regardless of the consequences. Pray in tongues frequently. Sincerely, ask God: “Keep me in Your will; don’t let me follow my own will.” Repent immediately and then sin no more, but if you fall, repent again and again. Strive to be holy. Be humble, put others in front of yourself. Be willing to cry both privately and in church gatherings. Don’t resist and/or quench the Spirit. Read my second favorite book after the Bible, “The Philokalia,” a collection of writings by Orthodox monks who lived from the 3rd century to the 19th century.

  4. traviskolder says:

    Okay, so thanks for all these tips. Next question, and maybe this is another blog post (wink, wink, nudge, nudge) but what do you love about the “The Philokalia?” Also, when I looked on Amazon it looked like there are multiple books by that name. Are they just different volumes of the same topic, or are there different books out there, and if so which one were you referring to?

    • Steve Simms says:

      I like the honesty of the monks in the Philokalia. They talk about their day to day struggles to live a godly life and how they overcome them.

      It is actually 5 volumes. Only volumes 1-4 are available in English. It was originally written in Greek. The first volume has the oldest writings and volume 4 the newest. You can start with any volume.

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