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Difference between a good man and a Christian?

13 May

A good friend recently asked this question: What is the difference between a good man and a Christian?

Here’s a very short response from three points of view:

1. The world
2. The average religious person
3. The Word

1. The world

a. The good man is anyone who is popular, generally tries to do good and is accepted in society as the person to be like
b. The Christian man is adversely opinionated and has societally restrictive mindsets

2. The average religious person

a. The good man is going to hell because he hasn’t said the sinner’s prayer and is trying to earn his way to Heaven on his merits
b. The Christian man is one who said the sinner’s prayer, is trying hard to keep the 10 commandments and not ‘fall off the wagon’ before he dies so he won’t go to hell

3. The Word

a. The good man is sadly wearing himself out continually trying to earn God’s favor when Grace is already available to him
b. The “Christian man” realizes by Grace he is saved, that his striving yields little. He aspires to becoming like a little child to enjoy God and walk through life just being with Daddy; thinking, saying and doing what He does

– MLH

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