What do you say, is it hard or easy? If you say “easy”, is it always easy, or is it sometimes not so easy?
Being Catholic is very difficult for some, easier for others. I think it depends on the person and where they are spiritually. For me it gets easier with age, but then again I’ve never had any issues with any teachings of the Church. For others this may not come so easily for them.
There is no other “true Christian” than Catholic, so not sure what you mean exactly by “true Christian”.
Taking up one’s cross and following Jesus is always hard.
it’s both brutally hard and amazingly easy. And every Christian finds different things hard or easy. Everyone’s walk with Jesus is different, though the end is the same.
Relative to the easy alternative to caving into one’s every desires its definately hard. It’s even harder if one tries to live with one foot in “the world” and one in “the kingdom”. Also, once one has caved in to serious sin and tries to come back its even harder since the nature of sin is that it is addictive and wants to pull us back. The hard and difficult justice of the matter is it takes real conviction to come back to God once one turns their back on Him.
But in the grand scheme of things, compared to suffering an eternity in hell in sorrow and bitterness and living in unbridled joy and happiness for eternity in heaven Christianity is a cake walk.
An important thing to keep in mind is that God gives each of us who wants to be a good Christian sufficient grace for our station in life to persevere. And that is all that is important.
Also note, that God wants us to “be all that we can be” and does not really want us sitting on our laurels but rather advancing and perfecting one’s love of God. The greater we advance in our spiritual perfection on earth the greater our reward in heaven. Thus, as one progresses in saintliness it can get even harder to improve since God tries us progressively more to push us to be our best. But remember, “hard” is a relative term and we are not the same person we started out at and what may be hard at first becomes reflexive as we progress.
It is hard, only if you get in the way.
It’s a difficult job, but the retirement plan is out of this world!
Thanks for the answers so far. I can’t square the notion of true Christianity being hard (sometimes, most of the time, all of the time) with the notion some seem to put forth that “God does it all”. Anybody want to comment on that?
St. Maximus the Confessor said, “God moves the heart that is willing”. It has been my experience that to ponder this prayerfully brings great wisdom.
Within the Sacred Scriptures we read our Lord say, “It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” At this the Disciples pondered… “…saying among themselves: Who then can be saved? And Jesus looking on them, saith: With men it is impossible; but not with God: for all things are possible with God.”
It has been taught that through the devices of men salvation cannot be achieved but only through our participation in the Divine Nature can we have the quickening of our flesh through the Holy Spirit can we be saved.
We also know that our Lord said “My yoke is easy and my burden light”. It is thus in this paradox that the Christian finds himself helpless and yet given every grace to achieve the impossible.
Let’s see - It is either,
The easiest difficult thing or
The most difficult easy thing.
Actually it is the Most difficult easy thing. Why?
Because the Single most important command we have is to Love. God with all our being and neighbor as ourself.
It just doesn’t get any easier than that Right???
Of course in order to truly do this we must deny our very selves so that we can open ourselves to God’s Love and Will.
Difficulty also Depends on various factors such as age when coming to the faith, background, degree of spritual disposition, event or series of events that lead to conversion. - Get’s complicated fast.
But it is still the easiest thing in the World. Love God and Love Neighbor.
God does it all - Not sure what is meant by that, but I’ll give my take on it.
If we commit to God and His will for us; If we place our Trust completely in God and His Love for us, we can rest in His Love without fear or “stress”.
Everything we do then, how we act and react to things, springs from our Love for God and neighbor. Since we act in concert with His pure Love it is God acting through us and therefore “God doing it”.
This does not mean that we don’t have a say in things, or that we can drop our Guard against the snares of the evil one, but it is necessary that we be willing to accept that which God gives us to do.
It is impossible.
It is difficult, always.
Jude sheds light on why:
1: Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:
2: Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.
3: Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
4: For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
5: I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.
6: And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
7: Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
8: Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.
9: Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.
10: But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.
11: Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.
12: These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;
13: Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.
14: And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
15: To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.
16: These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.
17: But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
18: How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.
19: These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.
20: But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
21: Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
22: And of some have compassion, making a difference:
23: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
24: Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
25: To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.
TRUE Christian - very hard - suffering unto death
Popular view of Christianity - easy - don’t swear much and go to church.
If you truly follow Jesus, the world will hate you, the world will persecute you. Expect to be conspired against and the Jewish Temple Guard to come and arrest you.
All God’s holy people will be persecuted.
It is hard sometimes, and I’m sure that it will get harder as time goes on but it’s all worth it. Knowing Jesus is worth it, and He’s worth it. Truly living what you believe isn’t easy, but what’s is the alternative?
Worthy is the Lamb!
About 2 months ago I posed the same question to myself. Was it harder for the early Church or the Church of today. My answer to myself is today.
Let me explain my theory…When a person made the decision to follow Jesus in the early days of the Church, they knew exactly what the cost would be. (Death). For them, becoming a martyr was part of the package.
Now we have “freedom of Religion”, The Holy Bible…And all the distractions that go along with it. Our rights as citizens of the USA have not been upheld when the Supreme Court in Calif overturned the law that stated that marriage was only between a man and a woman. They took away the ten commandments in the courtroom, Prayer in school and the words “one nation under God” in our pledge of aligience. They are shoving pornography in our television and letting our children have birth control and abortions without parental consent. YES IT IS HARD TO BE A CHRISTIAN:)