Just a couple of things. (Researching the bible and calling yourself a Christian.)

Number 1. When doing research, in particular, research about the bible, it is always wise to check out the person who is doing the article.
What is their belief system? What are their motives? And what is the spirit behind the article?
Many, many people have written about the bible, and unless they are true Christians, they will not write the truth. 
If they do not have the Holy Spirit in them and they are writing about the bible, you can probably bet your superannuation on the fact that it will not be (entirely) correct and accurate.
“God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar;” Romans 3:4
“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” John 8:44

 

Number 2. Do you call yourself a Christian? Many people do these days, but you wouldn’t know it by seeing their lives in action. 
Lets look at what the word “Christian” means, according to the Strong’s concordance. 

The word “Christian” means “a follower of Christ”. How do we know who Christ is and what we are to follow?
Look in your bible! You will find all his attributes, his personality and what he stood for in it. You are not going to learn about him, or what it means to follow him, if you do not read the bible. You can’t just get that knowledge about Christ, and what he was all about, out of thin air. It just doesn’t work that way.

I’m noticing that many people who identify as Christians don’t want to believe in the bible or adhere to it, so how can you call yourself a Christian if you do not follow his ways, his commandments, which are all in the bible?

The bible has this to say about those people: “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 7:21

“Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.” Matthew 25:11,12
(If you are unsure what this is referring to, read the Parable of the 10 Virgins in Matthew 25.)

 

 

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