I would suspect that a reason why people leave or reject Christianity is because of how they perceive it playing out in real life. They see a lot of professing “Christians” doing very unchristian things. Who would want to remain in or join a group of people who constantly contradict their beliefs with their actions?
“Jesus said what? That can’t be right.” At first glance and without context, John 14:13-14 sounds like the ticket to all the happiness in the world! Yet, this ticket is quickly crumbled up and thrown on the ground when it seemingly proves untrue. However, upon reading it in its context we will find that it’s absolutely true and quite exciting.
What does a genuine Christian look like? I believe a great image of a Christian is seen and described by the beatitudes. Before Jesus begins his famous “Sermon on the Mount,” he gives eight statements (called the beatitudes) in the form of blessings that his disciples are to follow and test themselves against.