I had been talking in length to an inquiring friend (who is quite involved for a unbeliever in my Universities Christian club/group/society), who says he has accepted Christianity- but the specifics, like chastity and "the rules", they are preventing him from becoming Christian. And when I asked about what is the purpose of the rules- he answered well, saying obviously to keep us from harm (which is sometimes for a rascal for me, something I have trouble believing in times). I told him flat out that Christianity is about not being your own god, knowing full well that when you do so you make a mess of things. But I found it difficult to say on the one hand that chastity (something I am struggling myself) is not the essence of Christianity but on the other that it is an inevitable call of a Christian.
It obviously should not stop him from becoming a Christian- but it is obviously a delusion to think that you can continue to be your own god once becoming a Christian. What do you think? I showed him the chapter of chastity from C.S. Lewis's 'Mere Christianity' (I am seriously fawning over that nugget of wisdom) but I don't know...it's just odd that I or he should focus on the chastity... Like his Christianity would not mean something, I think, if he choose to resist that call on the outset. But then again, I resist the Holy Spirit myself, and I have faith that God will purify my heart so I would not be such a hot head, and be more malleable to His will. What I guess I am saying is, there is conflict with me, because I think that in forming a genuine relationship with Christ he will inevitable take the call for chastity seriously. What should I advise him?