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Advice From Paul

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Welcome to Advice From Paul, where you can read questions that people like you have asked Paul. He is an expert on Christianity and is happy to answer any questions you might have about it. Feel free to ask him anything. You can also get answers to your questions through questions other people have asked. Enjoy!

Dear Paul,

If I become Christian, do I still have to follow Jewish laws now that I am no longer of the Jewish faith?

Love, Jew With Questions

Dear Jew With Questions,

I personally do not think that once you are Christian, you should have to follow Jewish laws. After all, you aren't Jewish anymore, you're Christian. But just try telling that to the Jewish elders. :) Seriously though, if you are Christian, you should follow our laws, which, as a matter of fact are similar to Jewish laws in some ways. Stand up for your new faith!

Love, Paul

Dear Paul,

What are some of the most important rules I will have to follow if I become a Christian? Can you also explain those rules? Sorry to be such a bother.

Sincerely, Lots and Lots of Questions

Dear Lots and Lots of Questions,

Some important rules are keeping the Sabbath, praying before you eat, and being faithful to your spouse. Let's start with keeping the Sabbath. Every Sunday, you must gather with your community and pray; also, you must break the bread together just as Jesus did at the Last Supper. Going along with the theme, we come to praying before you eat. This is very important, though it may seem like just a meaningless tradition. Again, just as Jesus did, give thanks to your Father in Heaven for the meal and the hands that prepared it. Then say an Our Father. Lastly, you must be faithful to your spouse. Do not commit adultery or get a divorce. Love your husband or wife and stay with them, in good times and in bad. By the way, asking me great questions will never be a bother. :)

Love, Paul

Dear Paul,

I am in a big muddle. Can you please tell me about sacrifice in Christianity? I don't know anything about whether it is acceptable enough, and how it is viewed.

Thanks, Can I Sacrifice or Not

Dear Can I Sacrifice or Not,

To be honest with you, sacrifice is not something we do in Christianity. The Israelite people did it in the Old Testament, if you have read the Bible, but it is not really a tradition in our new religion of Christianity. I would advise against it, as you would be viewed badly. Instead embrace your religion in other ways, like praying to God and loving your neighbor as you would love yourself. Good luck!

Dear Paul,

I feel so out of place in a religion I know nothing about. Please help!

From, A Bull in a China Shop

Dear Bull in a China Shop,

Trust me, I've been there too. At first I was persecuting Christians, (see above picture) and when I was converted nobody accepted me at first. You will get there. But in the meantime, here are a few tips to get you started. First and foremost, learn. Learn all you can about your new faith so that when people start asking you Christianity Trivia, you'll be ready. Just kidding :) But really, you show up a lot better if you know a lot about the religion. Also feel free to ask me any questions. Secondly, don't be afraid to tell other people how you feel. Lots of other people have been in the same position you are in; I know that for a fact because many people have written to me with feelings like yours. They will most likely be able to give you help and compassion. Lastly, pray. Pray to your new God for guidance, and he will answer you, maybe not directly or in the way you expected, but he will answer you. Have faith.

Love, Paul

Dear Paul,

I love being a Christian, but a lot of the deeper subjects I just can't understand. For example, how do you pray? What about sacrifice? How is Jesus God? Please explain.

From, Confused About Christianity

Dear Confused About Christianity,

I realize that a lot of the deeper subjects of Christianity are hard to understand, and I sympathize. I am here to help. How to pray is a question I have been asked many times, so don't feel like you are somehow ignorant. It is really quite simple. Many people close their eyes, but you don't have to. It is also common to fold or raise the hands while praying, but again, that is not a must. Speak to God, out loud or in your head. If you can't think of anything to say, you can always say the Our Father to get you started. Thank God for the good things that you have, ask forgiveness for the things that you have done wrong, and ask God to bless certain people that you feel need his grace. You can pray whenever and wherever you please; God will always hear you. To answer your second question, sacrifice is not something that we as Christians do. Short and sweet. :) In answer to your final question, God the Father, God the Son (Jesus), and God the Holy Spirit, are the Holy Trinity. They are three persons yet one God. Do you know how a clover has one stem yet three leaves? It is similar with the Holy Trinity. So therefore, Jesus is God, the Lord is God, and the Holy Spirit is God. Congratulations on taking the step to become a Christian. I am so glad that you are enjoying being a part of this new faith. Feel free to ask any more questions you may have about Christianity.

Love, Paul

Dear Paul,

I am still deciding about whether to become Christian. I know you can't make the decision for me, but can you at least tell me honestly the pros AND the cons of Christianity without being biased? I know it is difficult, but it would really mean a lot to me and I would really appreciate it.

Thanks so much, Still Making Up My Mind

Dear Still Making Up My Mind,

Hmm... Let me think. That is a toughie. :) I will do my best. Let's start with the pros. I think the pros of Christianity are: our God is an everlasting, all-knowing, ever-present God. He answers our prayers and gives us what we need. Not to mention he sent his only son to die on a cross to save us from death. That son, Jesus, suffered and died for the forgiveness of our sins. We have saints to intercede for us, and we also have Our Mother Mary. I am trying to come up with a con or two. I've got it. A con is that our religion is new and there are so many questions that people have that we don't even have answers to yet. Another con is that our religion is so similar to Judaism, plus, our Old Testament is their Torah, which makes it even more confusing. A third con is that we have problems with deciding who is allowed into our Church, and that causes a big issue. Was I honest enough? I hope so! I really hope this helps you make your decision. Good luck!

Love, Paul

Dear Paul,

I have one brief question. Does it matter which religion you were before you became Christian? (I am a Gentile) I have heard that only certain people can become Christian, and I don't mean to offend, but I have little respect for a religion that only accepts certain religions as followers. Please confirm.

Yours Truly, Uncertain About Acceptance

Dear Uncertain About Acceptance,

I think it is absolutely terrible that there are rumors going around that say that only people of certain religions are accepted into Christianity. I myself believe that any people of any religion should be allowed to be a Christian. Some people say only Jews should be able to become Christians because they are God's chosen people, but I believe that Jesus came to save all sinners, and that if he were here in our midst, he would tell us that he came for all people. If you believe that Jesus is our Lord and Savior, then I say come on in and join the party. :) I know others may not feel the same way, I truly believe it is what Jesus would want us to do. Be brave! By the way, I definitely respect your attitude towards religions that are not accepting of everyone. I would say the same thing if I were you, and I am not offended at all.

Love, Paul