thanks for the email and I'm pleased that you like the site
and the studies. Now to your question... Is Christianity hard or easy?
I guess the question could be slightly rephrased as does living the
Christian life make life easier or harder? Either way the answer
remains the same... YES! : ) It is harder and easier!
explain... it can easily be argued that Christianity is hard. Jesus
tells His disciples to take up their cross and follow Him. The cross
is the image of death. It means saying, as Jesus did when faced with
the cross, 'Not my will by thy will be done'. It means offering
yourself as a living sacrifice. This is not easy for self centered
humanity that desires it's own way and will. On one hand, in the short
term, it could be argued that it is a lot easier as a non-Christian
just living as you please and not thinking about what God thinks.
(This is one one hand... I'll get to the other!)
reason that Christianity is hard is because of what you have said.
Being a Christian puts the enemies' target upon you... especially if
you really want to live for God. Non-Christians don't experience this
while living in a state of unbelief. They are deceived already.
And then there are the others enemies... the world and the flesh.
While those in the world may experience the temptation of the world,
it is Christians that become fully aware of the pull and influence of
this battle. So that, in brief, is the 'hard' side.
And yet, on
the other hand, Christianity makes things easier. Jesus said "Come to
Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. (29)
"Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble
in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. (30) "For My yoke is
easy and My burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30
Christian hasn't experienced the rest and peace that comes in trying
times? Who would want to be without that? For me personally, I faced
difficult health trials after becoming a Christian. Would I have faced
them if I hadn't become a Christian? Who knows... But one thing I do
know is that I wouldn't have wanted to face them without the Lord! And
who would want to live with the uncertainty and fear that comes upon
unbelievers, not knowing what will happen when they die?
said above that on one had it is a lot easier as a non-Christian just
living as you please. The other side to this is that leaving as you
please leads eventually to a lot of problems and makes life harder!
The boundaries of God save us from many troubles in life.
does Christianity make life easier or harder? Yes! Both in my opinion.
It brings some more troubles but it also brings the One who is more
than adequate for our troubles! And it provides hope, purpose and
comfort in these things that the world knows nothing about!
Hope this helps,