This sums up the vagueness and confusion of many people’s religious belief. They are not sure if they believe enough to say so but still practice a just in case belief.
This kind of believer struggles to know what to write in the religious section of the hospital admission form, so they write Catholic,Church of Ireland, Methodist or whatever, because they don’t want to leave it blank and anyway you never know if you might be glad of a visit and a prayer if things get really serious!
If you have your children baptised or confirmed because it’s a good excuse to have a few friends round for a party or because your family expects it, you are an unbelieving believer. If you get a bit narked because the sermon goes on longer than you would like (anything beyond 10 minutes) you are an unbelieving believer.
If you are embarrassed when someone asks you a question about Jesus Christ or if your children ask you a question about the Bible and you mumble something about seeing their mother, father or the teacher, you are an unbelieving believer.
Unbelieving believers are more likely to pledge allegiance to a church rather than Jesus Christ. They have flexible beliefs that are easily changed and a god fashioned after their own ideas. It is fake and shallow and only good for signing forms and classifying yourself on a Government census. It will be no good to you when you meet God. Jesus rejected shallow belief; He taught that following him was life transforming! To be a believer that believes is to put him first, to live for him, to have your life ordered by him.
Bible words show the link between Jesus and true believers in Philippians 2:9
“God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
9 God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
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