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  • It gives people something to focus on a way to make friends,support,it's almost like being taken into a family.
  • The very act of becomming a Christian is a Life Changing event because of the action of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the bliever. Those who do not change are questioned as to whether they really did become a Christian.
  • Good Q. here's Ur A., Enjoy! John DOCTRINE OF THE REGENERATION ISSUE A. Regeneration is a theological term. 1. It means a second birth or being born again, as Jesus said in Jn 3:3, "Jesus answered and said to him, `Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a person is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.'" Jn 3:7, "Do not marvel that I said to you, `You must be born again.'" 2. How is a person born again? Jesus answered this question in Jn 3:16, "For God loved the world so much, that He gave His Son, the uniquely born one, that anyone who believes in Him shall never perish, but have eternal life." Anyone refers to all races without exception. Jesus answered the question a second time in Jn 3:18, "He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the unique Son of God." B. Regeneration is the basis for the Jewish race. 1. The Old Testament Jews were not just a race of people born physically, but certain Jews were the chosen or elect people of God by being born again through faith in Jesus Christ as He was revealed. The pattern for the Jews as a chosen people is not related to their self-righteousness, to their first birth, but to their second birth. 2. The basis for the origin of the Jewish race was not in physical birth, but in being born again. a. Abraham was born again through faith in Jesus Christ, Gen 15:6, "Then he believed in the Lord; and it was credited to his account for righteousness." b. Rom 4:1ff, "What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, has found? For let us assume that Abraham was justified by works; he has something about which to boast, but never before God. For what does the Scripture say? "And Abraham believed the Lord, and it was credited to him for righteousness." Now to the one who works [for salvation], his wage is not imputed on the basis of grace, but on the basis of debt. But to the person who does not work [for salvation], but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly [the spiritually dead unbeliever], his faith is imputed for righteousness." c. Therefore, the origin of the Jewish race was based on regeneration, or faith in Christ as He was revealed in the Old Testament. d. The line of regeneration is Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The Jewish race was founded through regeneration, Rom 9:6-12. 3. The "Chosen Race" title belongs to the Jew who believed in Christ during Old Testament times. There is no chosen race on the basis of physical birth, but on the basis of regeneration. Consequently, the racial Jew is not God's chosen or elect people, but the born again Jew who believes in Christ. Jesus Christ was revealed in the Old Testament and confirmed in the New Testament as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Ex 3:6, 15-16; 4:5; Mt 22:32; Mk 12:26; Lk 20:37; Acts 3:13, 7:32. The chosen people concept is based on regeneration. Therefore, faith in Jesus Christ as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is the way in which certain Jews in the Old Testament became the chosen people. C. Regeneration is related to birth rather than conception. 1. The key to human life is always related to birth, never conception. The Bible emphasizes two categories of human life related to birth. a. Human life begins at physical birth through a creative act of God. When the fetus emerges from the womb, God the Father creates soul life and imputes it to the biological life. This is when human life begins. There is nothing in human life to provide salvation; that was the work of Christ on the Cross. b. The means of attaining salvation is only one thing we have which came from soul life: our non-meritorious function of positive volition-- faith in Jesus Christ. Eternal life begins at regeneration, which is believing in the salvation work of Jesus Christ. 2. Jesus did not say to Nicodemus, therefore, in Jn 3:1-16, that you must be conceived again. a. Conception is not an issue, except as the basis for spiritual death and the perpetuation of human life and the sin nature; for the sperm of Adam in copulation is the means of transmitting the sin nature from one generation to another. Conception is the origin of biological life, which is mother dependent in the womb, but never God dependent. b. Human life does not exist in the womb. Human life begins at birth when God creates soul life and imputes it to biological life (the fetus after it emerges from the womb and mother dependence). c. Conception can only produce biological life in the womb. Birth and the creation and imputation of soul life is required for any human being to come into existence. Furthermore, for human life to have eternal life a second birth called regeneration is required. While human life begins at birth, eternal life begins at the second birth. d. Conception is not the issue in the origin of life; for conception relates to genetics and what man can do in copulation. But human life relates to birth and what God can do at that moment. Eternal life relates to the second birth--faith in Christ--which emphasizes the work of God. Just as mankind does no deed or work for physical life, so mankind does no deed or work for eternal life. The first birth is the origin of human life; the second birth is the origin of eternal life. In both births, the work and grace of God is the issue. e. Conception is not human life; human life is God's creation of soul life after birth and the imputation of that soul life to biological life. The energy and production of genetic life is not the issue in eternal life; for even faith in Christ originates from the soul, not from the genetic part of the human being. f. Conception is not the issue in the origin of eternal life. Conception is not the issue in the origin of human life. Conception of biological life is simply an empty house without an occupant until God provides soul life. 3. Birth is always the beginning of any category of life related to the human being. a. Biological life plus the sin nature is perpetuated through conception. But human life originates at birth. The house (biological life) is empty until it has an occupant (soul life). The fetus as it emerges from the womb is an empty house; it is something mankind has produced through copulation. b. Eternal life occurs at the moment of regeneration or being born again through faith in Christ. The mechanics of the second birth include the creation of a human spirit by God the Holy Spirit at the moment of faith in Christ and impution of eternal life to that human spirit. c. Physical birth is the origin of human life through the imputation of soul life by God. Spiritual life or the second birth (regeneration) is the origin of eternal life through faith in Christ. 
  • Because Jesus Christ the LORD OF LORDS and KING OF KINGS, our God and Saviour, changes lives! -In His holy Name. Thank you and may God bless you. :)
  • Becoming a christian changes lives because of the constant want and desire to be more like Jesus Christ. When you accept God as your Lord and Savior, you have now started life. You realise that your old ways were of Satan. If you TRUELY become a christian and seek Jesus with all your heart, He will change you. Before becoming a christian you are blinded of your evil ways and you have no guidance. But after you accept Jesus he bring the Holy Spirit in to Convict us when we know we have strayed away from the Father.
  • because the heart changes..you see the LIGHT..you strive to care,love, give, to others. The selfish side in all of us should change..DO UNTO OTHERS.. we are a very greedy, selfish,prideful materialistic peoples..just as the Israelites were... when we understand why Moses was so special to God and in HIS GRACE, because MOSES was the MEEKEST man in the Bible, we can know better what God wants of us...read and understand one of the purposes for Jesus to walk among men was to Show Us How to walk... becoming a Christians is throwing off the old man and becoming a new man in Jesus Christ...
  • Because a large proportion of your actions are based around your belief system - for example, I study evolution because it interests me - And being an Atheist, I'm perfectly free to. However, if I was a Christian, I wouldn't study Evolution, because It would be heretical and since it doesn't agree with the bible I would have to immediately dismiss it out of hand. If I was really keen, I'd argue against it instead of for it, but be unfortunately crippled by my lack of knowledge and understanding, having rejected it out of hand, because evolution is obviously the work of Satan, since it disagrees with the bible, and studying it would be walking in sin. You think I'm kidding, or just being insulting - Try being taught, conditioned, and raised as a good little Judeo-christian Boy, and then suddenly you find a loose thread, and you start pulling, and it all unravels, showing you how foolish you've been while you simultaneously feel enormous guilt for discovering that you've been so foolish, and also feeling enormous guilt because you feel like you're turning away from god, who killed his son for you despite with his infinite knowledge of past and present and future know you though of life as a sacred thing to be preserved, to make up for some fruit-munching simpletons who you had nothing to do with besides the misfortune of being of their twisted, inbred genetic line. That was the least painful part. Long story short - Christianity almost drove me to suicide, and Atheism brought me back to life, reborn, as it were.
  • Because it gives one a real sense of purpose when we imitate the Christ and make God's purpose our own. We accept the ransom sacrifice of Jesus and come to know that our sins are forgiven. Knowing that empowers us to move on in life and to do better, to improve, to grow. We know that God is Holy and we need to be holy too. Clean, put aside for His worship. Because we improve in these ways it changes our lives, convincing us to quit any former vices or other counterproductive or destructive habits. Like Jesus said, “If you observe my commandments, you will remain in my love . . . You are my friends if you do what I am commanding you.” (John 15:10-14) That would include showing appreciation for the love of Jesus by obeying his command to share in the disciple-making work this may not be easy for you for various reasons. But it was not easy for Jesus either. Consider the changes that were involved for him. God’s only-begotten Son enjoyed a preeminent position of heavenly glory superior to all the angels. Yet he willingly emptied himself, was born as a member of a poor family, and grew up surrounded by sick, dying humans. He did this for our sakes, as the apostle Paul explained: “You know the undeserved kindness of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich he became poor for your sakes, that you might become rich through his poverty.” (2 Corinthians 8:9; see Philippians 2:5-8) What an fine example of accepting change. What a demonstration of love. No one has given up more or suffered more in behalf of others. And no one has made it possible for others to enjoy greater riches, such as everlasting life in perfection, the hope that God holds out to His obedient servants.
  • I guess it makes some people happy, and an equal amount of people suffer.
  • because whenever you become a Christian, it gives you a purpose in life. Before you become a christian your living for youself. But Afterwards, you start living for Jesus and not for yourself. There are many verses in the bible that talk about denying your "flesh". Your "Flesh" has sinful desires that contradict the lifestyle that Jesus wants us to live. So if your serious about being a Christian and living for Jesus then you will change your ways to please the one who has paid the price of sin. I hope you find this useful.
  • Because when you become a Christian, you are now under new management.
  • It doesn't. It only changes mindsets. You still do all the changing.
  • Where do I begin. I have been changed in my heart . When I told God I wanted him to help me be more like him and wanted wisdom to help me in my life that is when things changed for me. I was allowing him to enter my life. God never forces anyone. But he has taken away fears and made me more bold. I have more compassion for the things he cares about. He has just renewed my mind by reading his word which makes me more of a whole person. So many things. I have hope where I did not have a place of hope before. He has given me a purpose to serve him and do things so exciting like never before. I am truly a different person all around and better for it. God is a miracle worker.
  • I tried to change myself and could not. I knelt before a holy God and allowed him to change me fromt the inside out. My life has changed and has influenced those around me by them witnessing the change in me. I hear the phrase Jesus Freak, Jesus doesn't make people into freaks. But he does make freaks into people. I love him because he loved me first.
  • I don't feel becoming a Christian necessarely changes people's lives. I feel people change their lives because they became Christian.
  • His Holy Spirit resides in us and great work is going on , on the inside of us. As we read the word of God our minds are being renewed changed to the thoughts of God and the way he thinks. Our souls are being healed from his word. Our bodies are being healed also. Its a great transformation and I can atest to this great change.
  • YARGH! Im a pirate
  • I would say that accepting a whole pile of impossible things as literally true on the basis on one old book and a bunch of people who say that book is true means that you have willingly suspended you capacity for rational thought and disbelief. In other words, you've turned off your BS filter and are in danger of believing just about anything. +5
  • Yes, the ones that become 'born-again Christians' are drunks, drugaddicts, thieves, rapists, murders, wife-beaters, child molesters, the gamut of society's scum so what they do is replace their moral derangements with religion and that truly is the lesser of two evils. If I had a choice of having a serial killer or a Bible thumper knocking at my door, I'd rather have the latter. If anybody of seemingly sound mind, however, experiences a 'miracle' or such other nonsense and turn to religion, well, they should also have their head examined by a pyschiatrist and a good dosis of meds pumped into them, the reason is, most likely, severe trauma to the brain and/or mental illness

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