A common theme here by some is you can't just say you believe in God and that's it.
Yes. You can.
Sleekjet, you make a noble admission that loving your fellow man is a payback of sorts for Christ's sacrifice. Fine, works for ya'. Understand that some of us think love and respect for each other was here long before Jesus walked the Earth...he just managed to frame it so inspirationally.
Later, you say I know that if my Christian lifestyle doesn't meet resistance, I'm probably not living it right. This is a theme I see a lot....if there isn't conflict, something's wrong. For me, I feel spiritually at my best when there IS NO conflict. I believe the life and example of Christ as based on the New Testament backs me up on this. But you say tomato, I say tomahto. The sad thing is in many religious people the conflict you indicate is neccessary for proper Faith boils over into contempt.
One more thing...why is it that there's such a "victim" factor among certain groups of Christians in this day and age? Some of them act like Christianity is this great new self-help theory that came out of some wacky college professor in the 50s, and darn it, people just aren't giving it a chance!......"we Christians", "are you a (gasp) Christian!?"....listen to some of the well known politicians and evangelists, and you'd think Christians in the suburbs are still in danger of ugly meetings with lions. Guys, you won. Greece, Rome, Charlemagne, Western Civilization. Property of Jesus. When you play the victim act, it's trite. When you play the "There's this guy named Jesus" act, it's tacky.
The life and example of Christ sells itself. The mystery of Christ intrigues without billboards, bracelets or bumper stickers.