A Complete List of Things Christians Can’t Do – Purpose in Christ (2022)

A Complete List of Things Christians Can’t Do – Purpose in Christ (1)

As a devout Christian for my entire life, I have often been asked about the things I “can and can’t” do because of my religion.

In short, there is nothing a Christian “can’t” do. However, because of our beliefs, we choose to live certain ways in order to best follow our Savior, Jesus Christ. No Christian is perfect save Christ alone, so we all fall short, but we strive to live in a way that would be pleasing to Christ.

So, what are the rules of being a Christian? Jesus Christ summarized all Christian commandments into just two: (1) Love the Lord thy God, and (2) Love thy neighbor as thyself. All other commandments are merely specific ways to apply those two main laws. Each specific Christian denomination teaches somewhat varying applications of the commandments, but all essentially agree that at their core, we are to simply follow the two great commandments.

Being a Christian is not about following a bizarre set of “do’s and don’ts”. It is about turning our hearts to Christ, who is love. It could seem to some that Christians are restricted or tied down, but that is not how we see it. We see commandments as ways to express our devotion to God.

A Few Commandments that Many or Most Christians Adhere to

The Ten Commandments in the Bible are almost universally accepted by Christians. Some of those commandments that form specific rules are:

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  • We teach to be good people, so at the very basic level, things like rape, slavery, sexual molestation, and other things that are obviously common beliefs in civilized society, are of course also taught in Christianity.
  • Do not commit adultery (generally, this is interpreted to mean that sexual intimacy before marriage is forbidden, and strict fidelity in marriage is required)
  • Do not idolize the things of the world. While it is no sin to have material possessions, a Christian is to focus on a higher purpose in life.
  • Keep the Sabbath day holy. Many Christians attend church weekly as well as showing devotion during the week.
  • Get baptized. Jesus Christ taught that this an essential ordinance.
  • Have faith in God sufficient to lead us to repent when we fall short. Repentance is the means by which we accept the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Repentance means to put off the natural man and become clean of our sins.
  • Most or all Christian religions believe it is important to give financially to support charity and religion. God doesn’t need our money, but we need to be humble enough to put our faith above the things of the world.
  • Be honest in our dealings with our fellow men, as well as with God.
  • Treat others kindly.
  • Some churches teach that Christians should not get tattoos, and other churches believe they are perfectly acceptable. Jesus Christ taught the sacredness of the human body and frequently taught the people how important it was to be clean. Individuals are left to determine how they should interpret that teaching. You can pray to know what is right for you.
  • Body piercings are also common among Christians, but other Christians choose not to get body piercings other than a simple set of earrings for women. There is no universal teaching about whether Christians should have body piercings or not among the christian religions.

Commandments According to Many Common Christian Sects

Catholics follow these specific commandments:

There are a few specific commandments that Catholics keep which are unique to their religion or at least different from some other Christian religions.

One example is the Catholic teaching that no form of birth control except natural birth control should be used. Catholics are adamantly opposed to abortion.

Catholics also encourage members to go to church and receive the Holy Communion each Sunday or on special days of obligation. Also, they are to attend confession regularly.

Catholics also recognize special religious holidays such as Lent, Good Friday, and Ash Wednesday.

Jehovah’s Witnesses follow these specific commandments:

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Jehovah’s Witnesses have one unique commandment that, as far as I am aware is not practiced by any other Christian religion. Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that holidays should not be observed–including birthdays, Christmas, Halloween, etc. They believe these holidays have pagan roots.

I have known a number of Jehovah’s witnesses and admired their faith and devotion to God. They are good people.

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints follow these specific commandments:

I am personally a member of The Church of Jesus Christ, so I have a bit more information on this one.

  • No alcohol or drugs. Why? We don’t want the affects of alcohol or drugs to influence us to make poor decisions.
  • Donate 10% or more of your income to charity and the building up of the kingdom of God. We believe that God is the Creator of the world. We obey the law of the tithe to show our trust in God. Because of the church’s almost complete lay ministry, the tithes are only spent for good instead of lining the pockets of a professional pastor.
  • Do not view pornography. We believe it’s incredibly belittling to women to treat them as objects, and pornography tempts the viewer to commit sin.
  • Do not engage in same-sex relationships. We are taught that marriage is ordained between a man and a woman. We have great love and respect for ALL people–including gays and lesbians. They are welcome to come to church and participate in the church, and we love them just as we would anyone else. However, we do believe the Bible’s teachings that romantic relationships are ordained by God to be between man and woman.
  • Dedicate Sundays to the Lord. The 10 commandments from the Bible includes the commandment “Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.” During the week, members of the church also visit temples.
  • No cigarettes, coffee, tea, coffee or tobacco. We believe life is a gift from God and we do our best to keep our bodies healthy and clean. I wrote more on why we don’t drink coffee here.
  • Teenagers do not date until 16 years-old.
  • No abortion. Members of the church strongly oppose abortion and do not participate in abortion in any way. The 10 commandments say, “Thou shalt not kill.” Church leaders have opened the possibility for abortion in extreme instances of danger to the mother’s life, incest, and rape.
  • No gambling.

I wrote a complete post on the code of conduct that members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints live by.

Etc.

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I have included only a few examples of the specific commandments that some of the various Christian religions follow, but it is by no means an exhaustive list. Protestants, Methodists, Baptists, and many other good Christian religions haven’t been mentioned here specifically simply for a lack of time.

What Is the Point of Commandments?

To someone who is unfamiliar with religion or is converting to Christianity, it can easily seem restrictive to view the commandments taught by the various religions.

I once heard an analogy of commandments being like the string attached to a kite. It can seem that the string is keeping the kite from flying higher and reaching its full potential. It can seem like the string is restrictive. But, if you cut the string, the kite plummets to the ground. The same is true of commandments. It seems that they restrict, but they help us access God’s blessings and bring us closer to Him, which gives us great strength.

How Can We Know What Commandments to Follow?

This is an excellent question. For me personally, I read the scriptures, prayed, and attended church diligently for some time before I felt confident that I was in the right place. I attended several different churches.

In the end, I felt knowledge through the Holy Ghost directing my path and confirming to me what was right.

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FAQs

What things are not allowed in Christianity? ›

The only dietary restrictions specified for Christians in the New Testament are to "abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from meat of strangled animals" (Acts 15:29), teachings that the early Church Fathers, such as Clement of Alexandria and Origen, preached for believers to follow.

What are the 5 purposes of the Purpose Driven life? ›

“God wants to redeem human beings from Satan and reconcile them to himself so we can fulfill the five purposes he created us for: to love him, to be a part of his family, to become like him, to serve him, and to tell others about him.”

Can Christians drink alcohol? ›

The Bible and Christianity clearly condemn drunkenness but not alcohol. But some people created their own strange, unbiblical and unchristian law that anyone seen with alcohol automatically becomes a sinner, while the prerequisite for being a born again Christian is abstinence from alcohol or even touching alcohol.

Can Christians have tattoos? ›

Some Christians take issue with tattooing, upholding the Hebrew prohibition (see below). The Hebrew prohibition is based on interpreting Leviticus 19:28—"Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you"—so as to prohibit tattoos, and perhaps even makeup.

Can Christians do yoga? ›

But if you, like us, find that the yoga practice benefits you physically, mentally and draws you closer to God and your relationship with Jesus grows because of it, then YES you should keep practising! Always pray about where you practise and with whom you practise with, just like you would with all things.

Did Jesus do away with the 10 commandments? ›

The Ten Commandments and the rest of the Mosaic Law were nailed to the cross with Christ (Jesus didn't eliminate the Law, but perfectly fulfilled it — i.e. the contract was completed) and didn't carry over into the Christian age.

Who changed the Ten Commandments? ›

The Ten Commandments Rewritten by Moses.

Do Muslims believe in the Ten Commandments? ›

Muslims do accept the Ten Commandments as laws given to mankind from God, due to the fact that they are confirmed in the Qur'an. For example, the commandment, “Thou shall not take any god except one God” is a belief found in Islam, as it is stated in the Qur'an, “There is no other god besides GOD,” [47:19].

What is a Christians purpose in life? ›

Therefore, for the Christian, we are to live to bring glory to God–how we do that is through prayer and study of His Word, the Bible, so that we might better know what He has for us. Here are several ways to glorify God in your everyday life.

What is purpose of life according to Bible? ›

So what is the purpose of life according to the Holy Scriptures? The purpose of life on Earth is to fear God and keep His commandments.

How do you live out your purpose? ›

How to find purpose in life: 12 tips
  1. Develop a growth mindset. Having a growth mindset is linked to having a sense of purpose. ...
  2. Create a personal vision statement. ...
  3. Give back. ...
  4. Practice gratitude. ...
  5. Turn your pain into purpose. ...
  6. Explore your passions. ...
  7. Be part of a community. ...
  8. Spend time with people who inspire you.
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Can Christians be cremated? ›

Since the Bible does not ban nor promote cremation, most Christian denominations do not consider cremation to be sinful.

Can a believer lose salvation? ›

Any believer, who renounces their faith in Christ and subscribes to a belief system that is diametrically opposed to it, can lose their salvation and become an unbeliever.

Can Christians eat pork? ›

Although Christianity is also an Abrahamic religion, most of its adherents do not follow these aspects of Mosaic law and are permitted to consume pork.

What is the unforgivable sin in the Bible? ›

One eternal or unforgivable sin (blasphemy against the Holy Spirit), also known as the sin unto death, is specified in several passages of the Synoptic Gospels, including Mark 3:28–29, Matthew 12:31–32, and Luke 12:10, as well as other New Testament passages including Hebrews 6:4–6, Hebrews 10:26–31, and 1 John 5:16.

Is smoking a sin? ›

The Roman Catholic Church does not condemn smoking per se, but considers excessive smoking to be sinful, as described in the Catechism (CCC 2290): The virtue of temperance disposes us to avoid every kind of excess: the abuse of food, alcohol, tobacco, or medicine.

What type of food did Jesus Eat? ›

We know that ancient Israelites ate lamb and goat meat, but meat was probably more of a special treat for Jesus than a daily staple. Instead, he might have relied on legumes, like beans or lentils, and fish for protein.

Should Christians watch horror movies? ›

Can Christians watch horror movies? Christians can watch horror movies provided that they have a clear conscience and avoid being led to sin. Each person should be careful to avoid sinful and unhelpful types of horror, but we can not throw the genre out as a whole.

Is yoga a sin yes or no? ›

The answer is no, but it can be seen as having religious aspects. Yoga is a great way to stay fit and connect with your mind, body, and spirit.

What does the Bible say about meditation? ›

The Bible mentions 23 occurrences of some translation of meditate: 19 of them appear in the Psalms, and of the 23, 20 refer specifically to meditating on the Lord in some way. We are told to meditate on his actions, law, or testimonies – all of which are found within his Word.

What do Matthew 5 17 mean? ›

The plain meaning here is that Jesus means for us to follow God's ways. We are to seek his kingdom and his righteousness. We must love God with all our hearts, soul, and strength, and love our neighbor as ourselves, walk humbly, justly, and in purity.

Should Christians follow the law? ›

The moral law, which is summarized in the Ten Commandments, is indeed binding on you today, dear Christian! The commandments were given to you and for you. They were given to help you live a blessed life that is good for you and is glorifying to your God!

What does Jesus say about the Old Testament? ›

In Matthew 5:17-18, Jesus says, "Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.

Why do Catholics worship Mary? ›

Roman Catholic views of the Virgin Mary as refuge and advocate of sinners, protector from dangers and powerful intercessor with her Son, Jesus are expressed in prayers, artistic depictions, theology, and popular and devotional writings, as well as in the use of religious articles and images.

Why did Catholics change the Ten Commandments? ›

It said Francis had revised the biblical teaching to cover children raised by same-sex parents and removed prohibitions on adultery. It said Francis had added new commandments to forbid genetic engineering and self-glorification and said the Vatican was having a new set of commandments etched into marble.

What happened to the original Ten Commandments? ›

The Ten Commandments fragment was found in the famous Cave 4 not far from the Qumran ruins in the Judean Desert of the West Bank, where the scrolls had rested, undisturbed and preserved for two millennia, in darkness and dry desert air. After the discovery, all sorts of crazy things happened to the scrolls.

What religion calls their God Allah? ›

KAULA LUMPUR, Malaysia — The name of God is sacred to Muslims, and the Arabic word for God, “Allah,” is universally invoked in Islamic prayers and practices.

Which religion is the largest? ›

Adherents in 2020
ReligionAdherentsPercentage
Christianity2.382 billion31.11%
Islam1.907 billion24.9%
Secular/Nonreligious/Agnostic/Atheist1.193 billion15.58%
Hinduism1.161 billion15.16%
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Do Jews have the 10 commandments? ›

The Ten Commandments still hold great significance for Jews today for many reasons: They are a guide for Jewish living today. Following the Ten Commandments is part of the covenant made at Mount Sinai, which applies to all Jews. God will judge Jews on how well they have observed these commandments.

Does God have a purpose for everything? ›

Proverbs 16:4 – The LORD has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble. Scientists can study only what God has made.

What does purpose mean spiritually? ›

The Importance of Spiritual Purpose

Rather, a spiritual purpose is about establishing a set of values, principles and beliefs that give life meaning to you, and then using them to guide the decisions and actions you take.

What is our divine purpose? ›

What is a divine purpose? Your divine purpose is basically your reason for being here. Whether or not you believe in a God, the power of the Universe, or you just take comfort in believing that your life has meaning, your purpose is your reason for being on this earth.

What is the meaning of Ephesians 2 10? ›

Explanation and Commentary of Ephesians 2:10

This powerful verse shows the interplay between our good and free will to do things, especially good things, and the role God plays behind our will. We are created by God, for God, and in God. We are created for the purpose of action.

What is the meaning of Romans 8 28? ›

The promise of Romans 8:28 that God works for our good “in all things” is reassuring. It means that no matter the circumstance, there are only two qualifiers for God to be working all things together for our good.

What is my purpose examples? ›

5 life purpose examples
  • Traveling around the world and exploring different cultures.
  • Supporting your community.
  • Fighting for a social cause like climate change.
  • Being a positive, supportive person for your loved ones.
  • Building a business that makes a difference in people's lives around the world.
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How do you turn pain into purpose? ›

3 Steps to Transform Pain Into Purpose
  1. Step 1: Find Your Essence. The key to staying positive and progressing in life is discovering your essence. ...
  2. Step 2: Meditate or Pray Daily With Intention. ...
  3. Step 3: Discover Your Purpose.
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How do you act with purpose? ›

The phrase “Act with Purpose” means doing the research to determine that some action is needed, the specific action that is needed, whether there is a specific action you can take to help, and what that specific action is. In other words, it means not acting randomly, but acting after thought and consideration.

Can a cremated soul go to heaven? ›

From a Christian perspective, people who have been cremated can certainly go to Heaven. First, the soul never dies, and when one accepts Christ as their personal savior it is the soul that receives eternal salvation and not the earthly body.

Is it painful when the soul leaves the body? ›

He said, “When the soul leaves the body, it can take a long time or it can happen very quickly. No matter how, it is painful. It is painful for the one who is dying, and it is painful for those who are left behind. The separation of the soul from the body, that is the ending of life.

Is there a purgatory in the Bible? ›

Roman Catholic Christians who believe in purgatory interpret passages such as 2 Maccabees 12:41–46, 2 Timothy 1:18, Matthew 12:32, Luke 23:43, 1 Corinthians 3:11–3:15 and Hebrews 12:29 as support for prayer for purgatorial souls who are believed to be within an active interim state for the dead undergoing purifying ...

Is once saved, always saved true? ›

The doctrine of “once saved, always saved” teaches that it is not possible for a child of God to sin in such a way that he will be lost. Many people, who undoubtedly are very sincere and possess a desire to do what is right, find tremendous comfort in this doctrine. This doctrine, however, is not taught in the Bible.

Do you have to be saved to be baptized? ›

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What is apostasy in the Bible? ›

Apostasy in Christianity is the rejection of Christianity by someone who formerly was a Christian and/or who wishes to administratively be removed from a formal registry of church members. The term apostasy comes from the Greek word apostasia ("ἀποστασία") meaning "defection", "departure", "revolt", or "rebellion".

What things are prohibited in Christianity? ›

Instead, the Bible strictly forbids eating rabbit, shellfish, pork, weasels, scavengers, reptiles, and owls. As is, Christians simply ignore the eating advisories in the Old Testament, even though they claim that edicts like the Ten Commandments and the anti-queer clobber verses still apply. 4.

What food is forbidden in the Bible? ›

Prohibited foods that may not be consumed in any form include all animals—and the products of animals—that do not chew the cud and do not have cloven hoofs (e.g., pigs and horses); fish without fins and scales; the blood of any animal; shellfish (e.g., clams, oysters, shrimp, crabs) and all other living creatures that ...

Can Christians get tattoos? ›

Some Christians take issue with tattooing, upholding the Hebrew prohibition (see below). The Hebrew prohibition is based on interpreting Leviticus 19:28—"Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you"—so as to prohibit tattoos, and perhaps even makeup.

What are we not allowed to do in the Bible? ›

But stoning is cited as an apt punishment for paganism, necromancy, manslaughter, adultery (with a married woman), breaking the sabbath, male homosexuality, cursing a parent, contempt of court, and giving false testimony in a capital crime, among other offenses.

Can Christians eat pork? ›

Although Christianity is also an Abrahamic religion, most of its adherents do not follow these aspects of Mosaic law and are permitted to consume pork.

Can Christians eat meat? ›

The Christian has freedom to eat meat without it being a question of conscience. In fact, not only can they do it, they are blessed when they do it and the source of the meat is not really an issue in the New Testament,” Jamison says. “We are allowed to eat meat from any type of animals.

What are the sins in Bible? ›

According to the standard list, they are pride, greed, wrath, envy, lust, gluttony and sloth, which are contrary to the seven capital virtues.

What things in the Bible are an abomination? ›

Proverbs 6:16–19 lists seven things which are also abominations: "haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are swift in running to mischief, a false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers."

What does Leviticus 11 say? ›

Bible Gateway Leviticus 11 :: NIV. You may eat any animal that has a split hoof completely divided and that chews the cud. "`There are some that only chew the cud or only have a split hoof, but you must not eat them. The camel, though it chews the cud, does not have a split hoof; it is ceremonially unclean for you.

What food is forbidden in the Bible? ›

Prohibited foods that may not be consumed in any form include all animals—and the products of animals—that do not chew the cud and do not have cloven hoofs (e.g., pigs and horses); fish without fins and scales; the blood of any animal; shellfish (e.g., clams, oysters, shrimp, crabs) and all other living creatures that ...

Can Christians be cremated? ›

Since the Bible does not ban nor promote cremation, most Christian denominations do not consider cremation to be sinful.

Can Christians watch horror movies? ›

Christians can watch horror movies provided that they have a clear conscience and avoid being led to sin. Each person should be careful to avoid sinful and unhelpful types of horror, but we can not throw the genre out as a whole.

Does God approve of tattoos? ›

The Bible warns against tattoos in Leviticus 19:28 (Amplified) which says, “Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print or tattoo any marks upon you: I am the Lord.” However, just because society approves of something does not make it right in the eyes of God.

What kind of food Jesus ate? ›

Based on the Bible and historical records, Jesus most likely ate a diet similar to the Mediterranean diet, which includes foods like kale, pine nuts, dates, olive oil, lentils and soups. They also baked fish.

Is Jesus a vegan? ›

Among the early Judeo-Christian Gnostics the Ebionites held that John the Baptist, James the Just and Jesus were vegetarians.

What does the Bible say about cinnamon? ›

Exodus 30:22-29

22 The LORD said to Moses, 23 “Take the finest spices: of liquid myrrh 500 shekels, and of sweet-smelling cinnamon half as much, that is, 250, and 250 of aromatic cane, 24 and 500 of cassia, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, and a hin of olive oil.

What is the unforgivable sin in the Bible? ›

One eternal or unforgivable sin (blasphemy against the Holy Spirit), also known as the sin unto death, is specified in several passages of the Synoptic Gospels, including Mark 3:28–29, Matthew 12:31–32, and Luke 12:10, as well as other New Testament passages including Hebrews 6:4–6, Hebrews 10:26–31, and 1 John 5:16.

What is the number one sin? ›

Of the seven deadly sins, theologians and philosophers reserve a special place for pride. Lust, envy, anger, greed, gluttony and sloth are all bad, the sages say, but pride is the deadliest of all, the root of all evil, and the beginning of sin.

What are the 4 mortal sins? ›

They join the long-standing evils of lust, gluttony, avarice, sloth, anger, envy and pride as mortal sins - the gravest kind, which threaten the soul with eternal damnation unless absolved before death through confession or penitence.

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