The most popular faith, especially to those from poor conditions, is Christianity. Without even taking the trouble to find out what Christianity entails, most people just plunge into it, without examining the pros and cons. Coupled with dubious prophets and evangelists, Christianity is generally a haven for the uninformed.
Many people spend most of their lives worshipping what they do not even know. Following Christ has always been popular. Jesus was thronged by multitudes, attracted by His ability to heal the sick. However, such following did not mean spiritual deliverance to those excited by His miracles.
Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’
“Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples” (Luke 14:25-33 NIV).
Jesus shows that it was never His idea that there should be popular followers behind Him. Failure to heed what He said in these lines, is a terrible mistake for the unsuspecting people.