Rowan Williams’s “Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer”

Good morning to my literate fallen angels! What’s up? Lol So today I wanted to take a short break from poetry to do a review on this book my priest gave me. I finished reading it over a week ago but I got so caught up in my poetic injustice that it totally slipped my mind until now. Anyway, the title of the book is the same as the title of this post so no need to repeat myself. There were only four chapters and 80 pages altogether so it was quite an easy read. Baptism. Bible. Eucharist. Prayer. You probably noticed me using these four terms in my previous posts as of late. I’m not sure that someone born into Christianity is supposed to go in the same order as I stated or if it’s in a random sequence. Regardless I definitely didn’t go in order. I thought Baptism was a way to cleanse my spirit of sin but it’s much more than that. Williams’ ideals on Baptism were that it’s a way to allow the Holy Spirit to enter your life to accept that we are all suffering one way or another but we should acknowledge it and be there for one another. The text font and size made it even easier to comprehend what he was saying. Bible was the name of the second chapter. I thought the Bible was a collection of stories about the past when Jesus was still around but by reading Being Christian, I now realize that was the tip of the Iceberg. The Bible is a book of revelations which are basically all the trials and tribulations a person is destined to go through one way or another. It’s not about the confusing family trees or the hard-to-pronounce names. But it’s about putting yourself in the characters’ shoes. It’s about handling situations of all sorts. Everything that happens in our lives happened to our ancestors and the generations before us as well as future generations. Love. Heartbreak. Corruption. Betrayal. Family quarrels. Adultery. Politics. That list literally goes on and on. Check out my older post: Life is a play! I usually don’t use the word literally unless the situation calls for it and this one certainly does. I learned in the third chapter that Eucharist is not for a select group of chosen people but a way to imitate and symbolize the Last Supper. Bread is His body, Wine is His blood. We “feast” as a way to appreciate Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross. I notice from personal experience that a priest doesn’t let you partake in the “feast” unless you’ve been Baptized. I always have to cross my arms over my chest until I get Baptized sometime in November. It’s better than being completely left out. Prayer is the last chapter and it had me improving the way I pray. It’s not about talking to God directly but talking to Him through Jesus. For Jesus was God in human form as a way to prove to mankind that he was real. Before Christ, barely anyone believed in God but they couldn’t see him for themselves. Gratitude. Forgiveness. Blessing. Some reasons prayer is done. I enjoyed reading this book and I will treasure it always. The discussion questions at the end of each chapter and the margined quotes that stood out from the reading made it easier for me to focus and comprehend what each chapter was really about. Overall, I would give this book a 4.5/5. Now I know for sure what it takes to be Christian. If I came across as preachy or Jehovah-witnessy, I apologize for this nuisance. But it’s a book review and if you don’t want to be preached then don’t see it that way. I love you all, my fallen angels! In every passage in the Bible, love always conquers all forms of evil. So let’s stop being negative and open ourselves up to new experiences and ideas. Get to know one another as much as possible. No gossip or digging for dirt on each other, but really allow yourself to understand how another person views the world and their beliefs. Agree to disagree. Have a wonderful day! Over and out.
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8 comments

  1. Snoop1000 · July 23, 2015

    I appreciate the thought you’re giving to this, but there are quite a few inconsistancies with some of the things you’re musing and wht the Bible says. Please realize I’m only trying to start a conversation, not an argument. In other words, please don’t take any offense

    1. Baptism doesn’t affect the way the Holy Spirit interacts with you. Baptism is simply a symbol. By rising from the water you are showing people that you are rising from a life of sin, the ‘dead,’ and going into a life with Jesus, ‘life.’ Baptism doesn’t change anything spiritually. Accepting Jesus as the one and only Way does that. Baptism is a public symbol of your faith. You’re acknowledging before the congregation that you are part of the kingdom of heaven.

    2. The only other issue I can make out is your take on prayer and the role of Jesus. Saying no one really believed in God before Jesus is a bold and contradictory statement. The Old Testament documents an entire nation that followed Him, armies that rose and kings the fell, all as a result of the faith of those who followed Him. At Jesus’s birth, wise men from lands unknown trekked across the desert for the mere possibility that this could be the Messiah! God was working before Jesus, and He had nothing to prove to anyone. In fact, He said His creation IS His proof. Jesus was not here to show us God. He was here for the sole purpose outlined in Genesis; he would save humanity from its own depravity by covering sin both now and always for those who would accept the gift.
    Remember when he died on the cross? A few miles away, something happened. A set of curtains tore away, revealing the Holy of Holies. This was a room for the High Priest ONLY, contained inside another room for the priests ONLY. Simply entering the Holy of Holies meant you were a pile of smoking ash on the ground. All of a sudden the barrier is gone. Jesus didn’t jut breach a chasm between us and God; he demolished a wall. With his death, that barrier between God and man was gone. Unlike the Old Testament Israelites who had o speak to Him through a High Priest, God is saying for everyone to come to Him. That’s what makes the Bible so unique among religious texts. It encourages a personal relationship with God! We don’t need to use Jesus as some kind of Holy Secratary who sorts incoming calls to figure out what the boss needs to know. We get to go right to God with our issues, whether it’s an ingrown toenail or the spiritual future of a loved one. If we can’t go directly to Him, then our relationship with Him isn’t mended. If that’s the case, Jesus’s death was for naught.

    I might have gotten carried away there, but please consider my ‘challenges’ and repond, if you will.
    And thanks for following my site! 😛
    Some thank-you gift…

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    • tpcsufian · July 23, 2015

      Thank you for your honesty. I just became a Christian this year. I was raised as a Muslim but I felt it wasn’t for me. But I had been studying the Bible, other religious texts, and engaging in an on-going conversation with my priest in preparation for my eventual Baptism. You opened my eyes to the truth a little more just now. God bless you and have a wonderful day!

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      • Snoop1000 · July 23, 2015

        I’m glad I could help! I’ve been a Christian all my life; if you ever have any questions, you have me email to contact me.

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      • tpcsufian · July 23, 2015

        I really appreciate it. Thank you! 🙂

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    • david andre davison · July 23, 2015

      “For there is one God and one mediator between God and humanity, Christ Jesus, Himself human,
      who gave Himself—a ransom for all, a testimony at the proper time.” – 1 Timothy 2:5-6 (HCSB)

      “God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent His One and Only Son into the world so that we might live through Him.” – 1 John 4:9

      Jesus said:

      “Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me.” – John 14:11b

      “Whatever you ask in My name, I will do it so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.” – John 14:13-14

      Don’t underestimate the role of Jesus.

      God Bless!

      – Dave

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      • tpcsufian · July 23, 2015

        I’m actually familiar with those quotes even though I’m new to the scene of Christianity. Thanks so much for your comment. 🙂

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  2. chulisi · July 23, 2015

    Bravo, bravo, bravo!!!!! I really enjoyed reading this post.

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    • tpcsufian · July 23, 2015

      Thank you so much! I know religion is a very sensitive topic but I wanted to reassure the reader that it was more a book review than a preachy sermon. God bless you and have a wonderful day!

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