rumitoid, Christianity is a joyous faith.
My first thought upon looking at your title was that it echoed vaguely of pantheism - then I thought of a response I composed and posted earlier to another thread, almost exclusively using Scripture, and it is somewhat similar.
John 15:16-17: [Jesus said] "You did not choose Me, but I chose you.
And I appointed you to go and bear fruit - fruit that will remain - so that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He will give you.
This is My command to you: Love one another."
The Christian faith exists because Jesus Christ dwelt physically upon the earth, ca 4 B.C. to 30 A.D.. Followers of Jesus have had and do have different understandings about many things, but all true Christians agree that Jesus Christ is a revelation of God in the flesh.
Jesus' purpose (being fully God and fully man) on earth was to restore the broken relationship between God and man, by paying in full, through His own propitiatory (sacrificial) death, man's sin debt, for as a substitute - on behalf of the guilty, He satisfied the requirement of a holy, righteous God.In order to bring anyone to acceptance of Christ, requires the conviction of sin and the necessity of repentance, which is the work of the Holy Spirit.
John 6:43 “Stop grumbling among yourselves,” Jesus replied.
44 “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day.
45 "It is written in the Prophets: ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard the Father and learned from Him comes to Me."
Every Christian surely recognizes what an incredible bargain they have received in the free gift of salvation, for no one could ever achieve the perfection required to earn eternity in His presence.
The joy of our salvation begins immediately, provided by the accompanying gifts Jesus bestows upon us for our daily benefit, here, today, during our present life:
John 14:26-27 "But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have told you.
"Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."
Ephesians 2:9-10: "Not by works, so that no one can boast.
"For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance as our way of life.
This is not a detriment, for God's works are to be done in His strength, never in our own.
"Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong." (2nd Corinthians 12:10)
"Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God;whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies
; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen." (1st Peter 4:11)
Striving for perfection, any practice or ideal of ... (