A simple faith: Why have we fallen away from it?

Simple is good.

Something I read today from Our Daily Bread. (I thought today was Wednesday.)

Sometimes when sharing the gospel, we make it more complicated than it needs to be. We can be glad that the Bible presents the good news of salvation in clear, easily understood language. Jesus said to Nicodemus, an educated Pharisee, that “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). He later said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (14:6). The apostle Paul said it in straightforward language to the jailor in Philippi who asked how to be saved: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31).

God’s precious love story is simple. He sent His Son to rescue us from sin and death. Wonderful news that even children can understand.

It sounds so obvious, yet it isn’t to so many. I’ve been approached by fellow Christians who have taken so much of the Scripture and used it to justify their faith. That’s fine, but it isn’t done with the most simplistic values of the faith. It gets muddled up and it really make it seem like believing in Jesus is hard.

Christianity isn’t supposed to be easy. But it isn’t supposed to be complicated either. The way it’s supposed to be is simple. That’s how God intended it. The complications of sacrifices, talking to high priests, and all that was eliminated. God simplified it for us. Yet so much of our faith is still based on the complicated technicality of the things. We’ve made God technical.

I don’t proclaim to be a perfect Christian. I don’t have all the answers. I can’t recite Scripture. But I try to keep it simple. If I believe in Jesus and love His people, then that’s all that matters, right? And by result of that, all other complicated stuff will be solved.

Has our faith fallen so far where we don’t even have our foundation set on the simplest of morals? I hope not. After all, when our faith loses its way and gets complicated, we fall away from God’s true message to us. That’s not what we want. That’s not what we need.

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