Ok, I'm going to play "devil's advocate" here for a sec
- just to hopefully explain what I mean more clearly.
for a moment that Christianity is not true. Thus we could conclude that there's no "Holy Spirit/Active Force" which works within man to reform his way of life/character. And therefore, any reform of character the Christians do
experience is not the working of a Supernatural Power.
So let's assume that it is by following the Bible principles, as a set of systematic adaptations to one's way of life, that one can reform his ways; that by simply applying the outlined precepts in the Bible, one can be changed. - nothing supernatural
It would require much effort to make this change because the precepts outlined in the Bible don't typically come natural to us. Also, they are difficult for us to adapt because many of the precepts outlined in the Bible ask us to do things which are not natural to our personality. For example:
Here are some things the Bible teaches us to do which may be challenging to your nature (/personality).
Ecclesiastes 9:10 - - Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might (J)
1 Peter 1:22 - - - - - have...love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart (F)
Proverbs 21:23 - - - He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity (I)
Matthew 1:35 - - - - he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. (I)
1 Samuel 16:7 - - - man looks on the outward... but the LORD looks on the heart. (NF)
Matthew 5:8 - - - - - Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. (F)
Matthew 5:9 - - - - - Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. (FJ)
John 1:17 - - - - - - - grace (F) and truth (T) came through Jesus Christ.
Proverbs 3:3 - - - - - Let not mercy (F) and truth (T) forsake thee…
Exodus 34:6 - - - - - “The Lord, the...compassionate...abounding in love (F)
Exodus 34:7 - - - - - -Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished (T)
James 2:10 - - - - - - whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. (T)
[ Now, I know this by no means is this a perfect sample to represent all the verses in the Bible. All I'm saying is that from my own extensive evaluation of the Bible's principles, I very much see a greater preference to solemnity (I), heeding impressions (N), a balance between mercy (F) and truth (T), and zealously in duty (J) - in it's verses]
I'm not saying that to be INFJ is to automatically be Christian, but that the "framework" of an INFJ is that which is encouraged by Christianity. All the "meat" must still be added to it, of course.
Now let's assume that the reason why the “Christian walk” is such a struggle is because in reality it is the struggle of trying to put on the “personality shoes” of another type.
It is very difficult to change personality, if at all possible, hence it is very difficult to follow Christianity to the letter of the word - if at all possible.
In conclusion: (of the assumption, of course)
Christianity, were it actually false, can be explained as being able to change the lives of people by the reformation of personality. Much (no all), of what it calls reformation of character, would actually be adaptation to another presonality preference.
My purpose for writing this theory is not to persuade/convert anyone, as if my words were facts, not, but simply to present to you a speculation that I've had. I moreso would like to know if any
of this makes sense to anyone else. Please point out which parts make sense to you and which ones need refining. I am, have been since I can remember, simply an honest soul searching for the honest truth.
I find this to be a great place to do just that.