CAN CHRISTIANITY BE SAVED?
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TED DEKKER is an international and New York Times bestselling author of 35 books with over 10 million books sold. As the son of missionaries, Dekker was raised among the headhunter tribes of the Indonesian jungles, an upbringing which gives him a unique perspective on life, faith, and following Christ.
Many today wonder whether Christianity can be saved. But here’s the real question: Is Christianity saving you? Not in the next life after you pass, but is it saving you now, in the context of the storms you face in this life?

In other words, is it really working and can others see how well it's working in you?
 
You’re a Christian but you still feel powerless. The troubles of life keep rolling in like waves. You’re struggling with a relationship or feelings of unworthiness. You don’t feel beautiful; you can’t seem to measure up. And love? You have trouble loving yourself much less your enemies. 

Can you relate?

You’re not alone. Numerous surveys reveal that most Christians feel the same way. It’s almost as if we’ve lost our way. Our actual lives simply don’t reflect Jesus’ promises that rivers of peace, love and power would flow from the lives of those who find his way.

Remember Paul’s great invitation in 1st Corinthians 13? In the end, the kind of love that holds no record of wrong is the evidence of Christ—without it, no amount of knowledge, adherence to dogma, loyalty to faith, or belonging to any community of faith means anything.1 

[You can find all scripture footnotes at the bottom of this article.]
 
So what gives? Where’s all the power to love ourselves and others without holding record of wrong?

Maybe our problem is a case of mistaken identity. Maybe we don’t really know who we are, so we keep trying to be who we aren’t. Maybe this is the only real problem we ever face.
 
You Aren't Who You Think You Are
So then, who are you? You’re the one who has the same glory the Father gave Jesus. Isn’t that what he said?2 Or, as written by Paul, you’re already glorified.3 You’re risen with Christ already.4 

You’re already complete.5 No one can condemn you.6 You’re the light of the world and there is no darkness in that light.7 As the light, you’re already full of love and peace, enough to blow your mind.

You just don’t really know that you because it’s hidden from you, like a lamp under a basket, that basket being the identity you think of as you. You’re asleep to the true you, and you long to be awakened, filled with wonder once more.
Finding Superman
Think of yourself as Superman or Superwoman. If Superman were to forget that he’s Superman, he would only be Clark Kent and Clark Kent can’t fly. Only Superman can fly. And having forgotten that he’s actually Superman, Clark no longer knows he can fly.
 
Someone would need to tap Clark Kent on the shoulder and say, “Umm . . . excuse me, but you’re Superman. If you take off that shirt, tie and glasses (surrender that identity) you’ll find you can fly.”

Then Clark Kent would need to believe this is true and align himself with that true identity. Aligning himself would look like rushing to the phone booth and letting go of his old Clark Kent costume so he could fly once more as Superman.

In the same way, we are new creatures. We are clothed in Christ and have great power—none greater than the power to hold no record of wrong which is true love.

Can you imagine loving yourself and others in this way? You would be trading grievance for beauty; a trance of unworthiness for wonder. You would walk on the troubled waters of this life. It’s the stuff of a child’s imagination. 

This is what it means to believe in the name of Jesus rather than in our own name. Only in this way do we find ourselves saved in the storms that frequent our lives. Only in this way do we become ‘water walkers.’

But we don't know ourselves this way.
 
Something has to give.
What we say we believe and what we actually experience in our lives simply don’t line up. Who Jesus and Paul say we are feels more like a comic book version of us than the real us we experience in everyday life. 

Their story of who we are seems like a fantasy. A dream called ‘the kingdom of heaven’ that feels distant, even though Jesus said it was here and now.8 We’ve lost the plot and fallen asleep to our power in this life.
 
But what if we could awaken to who he said we are right now, in this life? Then and only then will all the troubles we encounter in our lives come into a radically new focus. Then and only then can we find peace in the storms of this life.

Then and only then will love ourselves as he loves us, holding no record of wrong.

Can Christianity be saved? It depends on how radically it’s changing you and others in the way of Jesus.

That change begins with the realization that we are mostly lost to who we really are in this life. That we’re asleep to our true identity. Once we become aware of this, we’re compelled to take the journey of awakening because any other way of being in the world feels as absurd as Clark Kent refusing to believe he’s Superman.

Join us on a journey of awakening called The Forgotten Way. A 21 day challenge that will radically reorient the way you see yourself and the world. 

Forgotten, because we are all prone to forget the truth of who we are all too often, each day, each hour, each moment. Way, because those who first believed and experienced the teachings of Jesus called themselves people of the Way before being called Christians by others many years later.

Think of The Forgotten Way as a detox for the soul. Tens of thousands have taken up the challenge in the last year and found themselves. 

We spend massive amounts of energy and resources trying to measure up in this life, and never actually do for more than a short while before life beats us down once more. We are weary and heavy laden. 

It’s time to find some rest. It’s time to find peace in the midst of the storms of this life. It’s time to awaken to who he said we already are, right now, flowing with more power than we imagined possible. 

Do you know that you? Have you ever even met that you?

Do you want to?

If so, then I welcome you to the journey of awakening that millions of Christians in every walk of life are suddenly and profoundly finding themselves on. That journey now beckons you. It’s your turn to awaken.

Take The Forgotten Way Challenge and See Who You Really Are...
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Footnotes
1) If I know all mysteries and all knowledge; (doctrine and confessions) and if I have faith to move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I have to feed the poor and give my body to be burned (service and loyalty to beliefs), but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy, is not boastful, is not conceited, does not act improperly, is not selfish . . . Love is not provoked. Love keeps no record of wrong. (In the Greek, ‘Keeps no record’ is a legal term meaning ‘does not take into account’ or ‘makes no accounting of’.) 1 Corinthians 13: 2-5

2) The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, (same glory) that they may be one, just as (in the same way) We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as (in the same way) You have loved Me. (Love that holds no record of wrong flows like living water from those who now know who they are in Christ. Only then will the world know they are loved and that Christianity works.) John 17: 22-23

3) And those whom he foreknew (us, before the foundations of the universe) he also fashioned in the likeness of the image of his Son, that he would be the Firstborn among many brethren. And those whom he pre-fashioned (all of his children) he called, and those whom he called (us) he made righteous, and those he made righteous, he glorified. (Past tense. Our true state of being right now.) Romans 8:30

4) But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2: 4-6

5) For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form and in Him you have been made complete… Colossians 2: 9-10

6) Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8: 1-2

7) You are the light of the world. Matthew 5:14

8) Now having been questioned by the Pharisees as to when the kingdom of God was coming, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed (not a future event that signs will show us); nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or, ‘There it is!’ (It is not seen with eyes, above or below, nor a destination.) For behold, the kingdom of God is in your midst.” (It is everywhere now and within. A dimension now present.) Book of Luke 17:20-21