I ask myself this question pretty much daily, in regard to Christianity.
“Am I doing this right?”
I believe it boils down to personal instinct/opinion. We read and interpret the Holy Bible, the instruction book of our faith. We try our best to grasp the overall bigger picture –instead of getting bogged down in the nuances and particulars, and missing the forest for the trees. In the end, all we have to go on are our own internal guts, but if we are truly born again, we have the mind of Christ.
My mind and soul tells me loud and clear when something’s wrong. I trust the promise that when I became a new creature in Christ, God gave me a new mind, a spiritual mind, a mind led by the Holy Spirit. I can ask myself anything, using the measuring stick of “what would Jesus do?”
In reference to anything I wonder about, I can be assured that Jesus already addressed how we are to love and behave as people who follow Him, who are born again. Jesus already expressed this in the Holy Bible.
Jesus is our example in that Bible.
We are not living under the weight of the law any longer, we are living under the law of LOVE, of “love thy neighbor as I love myself.” If my actions don’t exhibit that kind of love, I am doing whatever it is wrong. Period.
Sure enough! Yes, it really is just that simple. There is no need to make it complicated.
Take any political issue out there — yes, anything. Is the behavior expressed loving toward all concerned? If it isn’t, it’s wrong, so fix it.
God made following Jesus very simple, because the old ways of “an eye for an eye,” and heavy handed rules that no one could manage didn’t work. When we master loving ourselves and others like Jesus does, we’ll have it right. Until then, how does what your doing, saying, or acting like look when comparing it to what Jesus would do? If you can’t perceive of Jesus murdering innocents in cold blood, or greedily demanding money for Himself while the child in front of Him is starving, then get a clue! If Jesus wouldn’t do something a certain way, why are you doing it that way? Jesus already showed and told you and I how to behave in this life.
If Christians really try to be like Jesus, people won’t go around noting that alleged Christians act the least like Him.
Some of us, many of us, have completely wandered off that very narrow road of love and are walking on the worldly highway of hate. Wake up. Now, please. Please.
If this is your state of being…wake up now. You have fallen and you can’t get up. Get back to the narrow road that Jesus walked.