As with practically every other segment of life to which one is even moderately devoted, Christianity does require a lifestyle change but probably for different reasons than most would initially anticipate. Of course, there would be those who would take the “come as you are” mentality to its logical conclusion which would promote a “stay as you are” mindset. But this would contradict the very fact of what Christianity is.
Becoming a Christian.
It should be understood that a Christian is not a self-proclamation based on family, culture, feelings or nationality. Christianity is the fundamental change in one’s internal spiritual reality. To become a Christian one must undergo what is referred to as the “born-again” experience. This is the heaven-controlled process during which a person becomes spiritually alive. A living spirit is created within a person by God; meaning this person now is able to be directly connected with heavenly realities. This is not spiritualism, this is Christianity. The person has been fundamentally changed at the very core of their being.
So Why is a Change Required?
A born-again person is actually more than he or she has ever been previously. Whereas the person previously consisted of body and soul, they now consist of body, soul and spirit. This means there is a whole new dimension to their being which is inclined towards morality and righteousness. A born-again person will often, without any instruction from the church or minister, make moral decisions that better align them with God’s moral code. This is the beginning of the changed lifestyle. Throughout the Christian’s life on earth this “higher moral walk” continues to impact their life and living. It does not mean the Christian is perfect, it simply means they are better than they were before. The evil impulses begin to subside and godly impulses begin to manifest.
The Lifestyle Changes Because the Person has Been Changed.
The change in lifestyle is not something that the Christian has to plan, plot or instigate. It will be a very natural offshoot of their new spiritual reality. To them it will be as natural as breathing. If a person’s lifestyle has NOT changed at all, it is positive proof the person is not a Christian and has not been born-again. That person is professing a status, much like professing oneself to a political party or a follower of a certain sports team. A Christian really doesn’t have to focus on changing their lifestyle, once they are born-again this will happen very naturally for them over time.