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Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. (James 4: 7)

 

You don't have to be a Christian to attend the Christiania Church, but we do require one condition: that you respect the authority of Almighty God when you enter. Psalm 89:14 tells us about God: 'Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne, steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.' This means that even if you do not believe in God, you make the decision to accept that if God exists, then He is in charge.

God - our heavenly father - loves us deeply, and desires to have a loving relationship with us. Like all relationships, this has to go both ways, which means we have to love God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit for that relationship to work. Jesus tells us “If you love me, you will obey my commandments" (John 14:15). The first sin took place when Eve and Adam decided to ignore God's command that they should not eat the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. This was an act of rebellion against God, and therefore His authority. Rebellion is thus part of humanity's sinful nature. Fortunately for us, we have been given a way to avoid the punishment that we should receive for our rebellion - John 3:16 tells us: 'For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.'

We become Christians by recognising our rebelliousness towards God, and accepting Jesus as our saviour who died on the cross to take the punishment we deserve. As a sign that we love God for what He has done for us, we will want to turn away from doing more sins. God will then help us by providing the Holy Spirit to guide us to live more obedient lives. In John 14: 15-18 we read about Jesus' promise to ask God to send the Holy Spirit, here called the Spirit of truth: “If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever — the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you."

Just before Jesus ascended to heaven at the end of his earthly life, he repeated that promise: “And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, ‘which,’ He said, ‘you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.’" (Acts 1: 4-5)

Many of the people who attend the Christiania Church have experienced the guiding and influence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. We can testify the Holy Spirit's help that means we end up doing less wrong, and doing less harm to ourselves and others. Sounds too good to be true? Come and find out more.