I have been a practising Christian for about ten years, and I come from an Anglican tradition. I was duly Confirmed in church by the bishop. Like many people’s experience, I would guess, this ceremony wasn’t earth shattering. The earth didn’t move and I felt the same as always. To some extent the absence of any feeling depends on one’s expectations. If you don’t expect anything to happen in a religious service such as this, then it probably won’t. The self fulfilling prophecy.
Christianity though is a bit different, and it depends how far advanced you are in your Christian walk, It isn’t an easy walk, and I can well understand people losing interest over time, but hopefully not their faith. If you, the reader, have lost interest in Christianity, I urge you not to lose your faith as well. Keep it at all costs.
My religious beliefs have always been in the form of a nagging voice in my consciousness And it’s important not to lose this either, as it comes from the Holy Spirit. The warning from scripture is that we will eventually cease hearing it at all if we don’t listen to the promptings. Then we are on our own, and that’s scary.
Easter is the most important date in the Christian calender. It is the time when Christ was crucified, was buried and rose again on the third day, Easter Sunday. Baptism in the Anglican church is a public recognition by believers, of their identification with Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. It means that His death and burial to sin, is also our experience, by faith. Christ’s rising to new life is our rising to new life also, in Christ, to serve God.
It is important for Christians to remember their baptismal vows, and they are clearly set out for us in Romans 6. For me, there is no better time of year to remind myself who I am as a Christian. This belief depends on faith alone, and at times it’s hard going. No one ever said being Christian is easy , and it isn’t. But, once you’ve taken the baptismal vows, there’s no going back.