What That 70s Show Taught Me About Christianity

What in the world could I have possibly learned about Christianity from "That 70's Show"? I'm sure that's what everyone is thinking right about now.

Well today I was watching it and the episode was about the family going to church and generally their take on religion.

The kids didn't want to go and the mom wanted them to because she kept having these dreams about how if she wasn't a "Good Christian" and taking her kids to church God wasn't going to let her into heaven.

The dad didn't like going to church because it was boring and he didn't see any point to it. The daughter kept hitting on the youth pastor and overall it was a pretty funny show...but I digress.

What it taught me was that people need to know what being a Christian really means to us and to God!

What do you think would have been the kids reaction to going to church if they realized that they didn't have to go? Do you think they would of wanted to go because they wanted to get to know the God that sent his son Jesus to die on the Cross for their sins?

Do you think the mom's life would of been a lot less stressful if she realized she wasn't responsible for the fate of herself and her family? That she could of gotten into heaven the way she imagined by just accepting God's gift of salvation by faith?

And the daughter that kept flirting with the youth pastor? Well, she probably wouldn't have been looking to satisfy her need for intimacy with so many different people when she realized how much God loved her and desired her companionship.

It's amazing how much it would help the lives of these people on "That 70's Show" if they realized who they were and who God is. Would it change your life if you knew these things?

God created you and me and loves us very much (Genesis 1:1). He gave us all life and deserves our love and gratitude.

But we chose to disobey Him and al of us has failed to do what is right (Romans 3:23). We may not be as sinful as that guy down the street or we may be even worse than him or anyone else we know; but either way we are ALL guilty before God (1 John 1:8).

God is a perfect, completely good, and always just. Because of this He can't overlook the fact that we have all sinned. The Bible says, "The wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23). The fair punishment we deserve for our rebellion against God is death.

Jesus, the only Son of God, came to earth and lived a perfect sinless life--he was completely innocent. He received the punishment that we deserved when he was crucified on the cross, he took it all upon himself--the death sentence that should of been ours. (Romans 5:8) But he did not remain dead, after three days he rose from the grave and later ascended into heaven. And he will return one day.

Jesus died for you. You can be saved by asking Him for forgiveness from your sins. If you are willing to repent of your sin, He is waiting to forgive you. It doesn't matter what you have done in the past, if you cry out to Jesus for forgiveness, He won't reject you. The word "repent" literally means "to turn away from." You need to look at your life, admit that you are a sinner, genuinely desire to turn your back on that sin, and ask Him to forgive you. If you do this, He promises to forgive you.

True Christianity is not about attending a particular church, or trying to make your behavior fit some model of how a Christian should act. Being a Christian means that you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, that He is your Savior.

Jesus is always present. He can hear you now if you ask Him for forgiveness. If you want to pray and ask Jesus to be your Savior, you can say a prayer something like this:

"Jesus, I know that I am a sinner. The truth is that I have sinned by my choice, and I am responsible for it. I know that the fair punishment for my sin is death. Jesus, I believe that You died in my place. Forgive me for my sin. I am relying totally on You because I know that I can do nothing to fix my situation. I repent. Come into my life, take away my sin, and give me the life that you've promised me."

If you have prayed this, YOU ARE SAVED! You are now completely forgiven, a new creation, holy and blameless in the eyes of God. If you messed up here and there, don't worry, the words are not what's important--they are just simply our faith being expressed through prayer.

Congratulations and welcome to the family of God!

© Caleb Osborne - All Rights reserved

Caleb Osborne, a native of Virginia, is an up and coming author who has just completed publishing his first book--Christ Through Me. He is now in the process of working on other projects and running his website at http://www.ChristThroughMe.com where he has a FREE email newsletter that all are encouraged to sign up for.

-=-=-==-=-=-=-==-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
"Who Else Wants to Experience The Abundant, Care-free Life of Being a Better Christian Day In and Day Out and Experiencing the Guiltless

Joy of Living Life Without Limits or Having to Worry About Following a Bunch of Uptight Rules?" Click Here> http://www.ChristThroughMe.c om/CTMbook.html
-=-=-==-=-=-=-==-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

** Attn Ezine editors / Site owners / everyone ** Feel free to reprint this article in its entirety in your ezine or on your site so long as you leave all links in place, do not modify the content and include our resource box as listed above.

Rise of the Antichrist, False Prophet and a 10 Nation Confederacy

The Bible says that an unholy trinity will arise in the latter days. This unholy... Read More

Do You Have a Name For Me?

MAN: Good afternoon Professor Knowledge. Let me cut to the chase. I am interested in... Read More

Biblical Hermeneutics ? Part 1

Hermeneutics is the science and art of the interpretive process which begins... Read More

Biblical Hermeneutics ? Part 3

Instead of being passive consumers of Biblical commentary, we can participate in the forming of... Read More

Moslem America Part 2

2 Corinthians 2:6-2:14Moslem America part 2. Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that... Read More

Firstfruit from Death Guarantees the Coming Harvest

The farmer handed buckets to us, the blueberry pickers. "You're kinda early," he said. "The... Read More

Conserving Water at a Car Wash Fundraiser

If you use a pressure washer during your fundraiser you can wash twenty cars with... Read More

Living By the Truth, the Word of God

Let's be honest: Too many Christian books are nothing but fluff or... Read More

Top Ten Religion Quotations

Review your religious beliefs with these revealing quotations all about religion..."Ethical religion can be real... Read More

The Basics of the Christian Walk

Now that I am saved, what do I do next? That is a very common... Read More

Crucification

Most of know how Jesus was crucified. Do we ever ask ourselves about the crucifying... Read More

Hope and Restoration in the Valley

The bible tells a story about the prophet Ezekiel who envisioned a valley full of... Read More

While the World is on Fire - Part Two

Luke 19:49-19:46 This world is a tender box, of political, industrial and religious, differences. What... Read More

Church Building and Church Buildings

Church building is a term used to designate both the physical building of a church... Read More

Beauty

Some people say beauty is only skin deep, others say beauty is in the eye... Read More

Why do Humans Need a God?

Many have asked why people need a God to cope with life? There must be... Read More

The Power of Stories and Testimonies

As I am sure you all can tell by now, I am a big believer... Read More

Kingdom of Heaven

Kingdom of Heaven is Ridley Scott's way of trying to recapture the success of Gladiator... Read More

3 Clues To Know Where You Fit In Ministry Part 2

Clue Number 2: You Have Spiritual GiftsIn part 1 you learned that talent is natural... Read More

Churchless Christianity: A Move of God?

There's another "move of God" that's sweeping the nations. Have you noticed? Very few of... Read More

Early Spring Cleaning

Has anyone noticed how fast 2004 is going? Hey, we are in December already. I... Read More

Denominations Gone Wild: What Happened To Unity?

The Bible teaches that Christians ought to practice a single faith. It reads: "There is... Read More

Let Her Be Covered Part Three

Now, let's recall again the text: "Let her be covered." That is God's decree.All right,... Read More

Choosing the Christian Path

- 147.5 million Americans claim affiliation with a religious group- 94% of those who claim... Read More

Jesus Christ: The First, The Last, The Eternal

Luke 17:20-17:24 Jesus Christ. The First, The Last, The Eternal. Grace be to you and... Read More

What If We Are Getting Paid For Prayer (Salat)...

What will be the effect on general public if the constitution of our country pass... Read More

Let Her Be Covered Part Two

The framework for the message this morning will consist of a series of questions revolving... Read More

Truth, Justice and the American Way to Boil a Frog

Using a good tool over and over doesn't make it any less valuable it only... Read More

Growing in the Knowledge of God

This first verse completely sets the stage for you to be able to receive knowledge... Read More

Teach Your Child to Pray

There are so many books out there on being a praying woman,... Read More

Let Her Be Covered Part Four

Again, let's call attention to our text: "Let her be covered."One more question: "Why?"Well, I... Read More

Great Seats

And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in... Read More

Rebuilding Society and The Tax Protest Movement: Part Two

Part Two continuedThe Christian's duty of paying taxes even extends to "de facto" rulers. If... Read More

Resurrection Faith (Part 2)

Christ died. This is a historical fact not to be denied. But it is the... Read More

What They Mean By Child-Like Faith

Prv:18:2 A Fool Receiveth Not The Words Of Prudence: Unless Thou Say Those Things Which... Read More

Should Professional Athletes Be Glorifying God And Jesus On Their Public Platforms?

Recently I have run across quite a few Christians who seem to be offended whenever... Read More

Me and My Big Mouth!

During World War II the government realized that the majority of citizen-soldiers had no idea... Read More

Russia and Her Allies Will Attack Israel

This next event will be a major one! The Bible says that in the latter... Read More

Cloning: Is the Human Being Unique?

I am not discussing here whether cloning is evil. [I think it is a dangerous... Read More

Smith Wigglesworth on the Power of the Word

You have all heard me talk about Smith Wigglesworth. He had a major healing ministry... Read More

A Call to Action

Over the last week I have received dozens of heart-rending and thought-provoking responses to my... Read More

6 Keys to Successfully Screening Church Staff and Volunteers

Whether you are in the process of formulating a screening policy for your congregation, or... Read More

Speaking of Speaking in Tongues

A young bible college student once wrote and told me how the college she attends... Read More

In The Beginning Christ!

As I was doing my studies, the Lord put something on my heart that really... Read More

Following In the Masters Footsteps

In these interesting times of change, millions of people the world over are struggling to... Read More

Is Christianity Losing America?

2 Thessalonians 1:3-1:4Is Christianity Losing America? The apostasy of the professing church. (2Th 1:3); (Luke... Read More

Belonging to Jesus Christ

In the name of Jesus, what shall we do in the time of grief. We... Read More

Rapture and the United States in the End times Explained

1. Where is the Rapture in all of this? There is a big debate in... Read More

As The Storm Clouds Gather

Revelation 20:8-20:9 Jesus warned us of a time of great tribulation, as was never seen... Read More

Give Him a Stone

Luke 11:10-11:13I was raised up in the rural parts of appalachia, some said that it... Read More