Because Thorgeir Thorkelsson was a respected citizen, the Icelandic parliament gave him the responsibility of deciding Iceland’s future. He huddled under a fur blanket for more than 24 hours and then announced that Iceland would become Christian.
So in the year 1000 A.D., Thorgeir, a pagan priest, took his pagan idols and threw them into a large Icelandic waterfall, which is now known as Waterfall of the Gods (Icelandic: Goðafoss). The people abided by Thorgeir's decision and were baptized; thus ended a possible civil war before it began.
I’m interested in all things Icelandic because that’s my heritage. But I have to ask if every Icelander ended the civil war in their hearts, the one between guilt and freedom. Unless they individually entered a personal relationship with God, this would not be possible.
Getting baptized doesn’t make you a Christian, anymore than holding a bag of milk in your arms makes you a refrigerator.
John 3:3- Jesus answered him, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that unless a person is born again (anew, from above), he cannot ever see (know, be acquainted with, and experience) the kingdom of God (AMP).
Prayer: Father God, don’t let us fool ourselves into thinking that baptism or church attendance gives us relationship with you. In Christ. Amen.