Being a Christian is more than having good feelings about Jesus. A real Christian maintains a set of beliefs that are foundational. If any of those basic beliefs are missing, that person either is not a genuine Christian or is teetering on the edge of losing the faith.
The Barna group defines a Biblical worldview as believing the following basics: that absolute moral truth exists; the Bible is completely accurate in all of the principles it teaches; Satan is considered to be a real being or force, not merely symbolic; a person cannot earn their way into Heaven by trying to be good or do good works; Jesus Christ lived a sinless life on earth; and God is the all-knowing, all-powerful creator of the world who still rules the universe today.
How many people are on board with this definition? Well, among the general population, Barna says that less than 1 percent of the youngest adult generation [ages 18-23] has a Biblical worldview. Only 9 percent of all adult Americans have a Biblical worldview. It should be much better with those who identify themselves as Christians, right?
The sad truth is that only 19 percent of those self-identified Christians believe all the basics of the Christian faith. Less than half [46 percent] believe that moral truth is absolute; a mere 40 percent believe Satan is a real entity. If you want to see a fuller disclosure of the findings, go here.
Those who adhere to these truths must continue to spread the message of Romans 12:2: Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Christianity is not a matter of the feelings; it is a changed heart and mind. Both are necessary for a right relationship with God.