Many people do not see how having faith in Jesus or being a Christian truly makes someone different in a positive way. People involved in Christian activities and those not involved seem to be the same, so Christianity must not make that much of a difference. Students experience this as true as they see the Christians around them gossiping, partying, sleeping around, not exercising compassion or care toward others or the environment, etc.
Having belief or faith does not matter; it doesn’t make any difference.
Belief is weak and doesn’t do anything.
People’s lives have not been transformed by their Christian beliefs, so faith doesn’t matter. I need to see transformed lives in order to believe that faith does matter.
What does a transformed life look like? How should Christians look?
To me, a transformed life is when someone changes their actions and attitudes as they learn about Jesus. They grow in compassion as they learn about God’s compassion; they care more about others and not just themselves.
To me, a transformed life is when someone’s view of themselves changes as they learn about God. For example, they have more confidence because they know they are loved and have worth, they realize their selfishness, etc.
Here's an example of what transformation looks like in my life as I have learned what it means to have faith in Jesus...
If you don’t think belief or Christianity make a difference, what do you think does transform lives?
How have you seen lives transformed? What caused that?
Christians have been a part of every great social change in America (women’s rights, race relations, civil rights, etc.)
There are many stories of people whose lives have been changed and have created change because of their belief in God: William Wilberforce, Martin Luther King, Jr., Gary Haugen from International Justice Mission, Habitat for Humanity.