One thing you do not need to believe, if you are a Christian, that all the other religions are simply wrong all the time.
If you are an atheist, you do need to believe, that all the religions, through all the time, everywhere, have always been wrong.
And that all the faith people profess and have professed through the history has been simple one huge mistake.
In C. S. Lewis’s word “If you are a Christian, you are free to think that all those religions, even the queerest ones, contain at least some hint of the truth”.
But being Christian means thinking that where Christianity differs from other religions, Christianity is right and they are wrong.
We, the Christians, can see how people around the world have always sought the truth.
There is something in people that makes them to look for something higher and bigger than themselves.
Something that cannot be calmed down, that tells us that there is something more, that we are missing an integral part of who we are.
Do you think there is a Natural law that we all can feel in our hearts?
And, as Christians, we believe that the men, and women, were made to be in communion with God.
We were made to need God and seek the truth.
As Christians, we can see that the religions stem from this need to find God.
And we can see that some of them are closer to finding the truth than others.
But at the same time, like in mathematics, there can be only one right answer.
Even though some wrong answers are closer to the truth than others.
Do you believe in a Moral law?
The first big division
The first big division of humanity comes from believing or not in some kind of deity.
Here Christianity goes with the vast majority of people throughout the history.
Christians stand together with ancient Greeks and Romans, modern savages, Muslims, Hindus, New Age, and every other religion, in the belief that there is some kind of God or gods.
Against all these religions stand the modern Western European materialists who have come to believe that all religion is a myth, a non-true myth, and a lie.
And thus deny the existence of God.
They believe that people have developed enough to grow up and leave religion behind.
But are people really that different from what we were five hundreds, or a thousand, or even two or three thousand years ago?
People were inventing, living, thriving or suffering, and all the time seeking the truth, trying to fill the hole in their being.
Trying to fill the void with religion and gods.
Trying to find out the truth.
Just like we do today.
“When I was an atheist I had to try to persuade myself that most of the human race have always been wrong about the question that mattered to them most”, C. S. Lewis.
The second big division
Being a Christian means believing in God, believing in existence of a god.
But it also means thinking that where Christianity differs from other religions, Christianity is right and they are wrong.
Being a Christian means that you believe that you have found the Truth, and that truth is Jesus.
That is what being a Christian is about.
People who believe in a kind of god can be divided according to the sort of god or gods they believe in.
Do you think We needGod?
There are people, called Pantheist, like most modern Hindus, that believe that god is beyond good and evil.
They believe that god animates the universe, the universe is, in a way, god, and we are all part of god.
Christianity, Jews and Islam, have a quite different view on things.
The three religions are also called religions of a book.
For Christians this book is the Bible, for Islam the Koran and for the Jews, the Tanakh, where Christian Old Testament stems from.
All these three religions believe that “God invented and made the universe – like a man making a picture or composing a tune. A painter is not a picture, and he does not die if his picture is destroyed. You may say, “He’s put a lot of himself into it”, but you only mean that all its beauty and interest has come out of his head. His skill is not in the picture in the same way that it is in his head, or even in his hand”, C. S. Lewis.
Pantheism believes that everything you find in this world is a part of God.
But if you think that God is really good, that God is goodness, nothing that is evil can be part of Him.
To believe that God is good, to believe in Christian God, you need to believe that God is separate from the world.
That some of the things we see in the world, what we perceive as unjust and evil, are contrary to His will.
“For Christianity is a fighting religion. It thinks God made the world – that space and time, heat and cold, and all the colours and tastes, and all the animals and vegetables, are things that God “made up out of His head” as a man makes up a story. But it also thinks that a great many things have gone wrong with the world that God made and that God insists, and insists very loudly, on our putting them right again”, C. S. Lewis.
This is part of on-going series that I write every Sunday.
The links in the text are to previous posts.
The thing that gets to me, is when someone tries to make me feel bad for my beliefs (or worse on a larger scale than just me), but they are permitted to share theirs freely. I don't want to have someone try to make me feel bad, or ashamed of what I believe...just as I would not do that to another, whether I agreed or did not.ReplyDelete
You find some really good quotes to accompany your articles!
I think the only thing a person gains by making other feel bad, is feeling better of themselves. And in a very damaging way. I do believe that my view is the right one but every person is created by God and has to be respected as God's creation. I can tell you my beliefs, I can offer you advice if you want to, and I can pray for you. If I really want you to find the thruth also. If I just want to win and feel good about me, then making other to feel bad is an option but it really isn't the Christian way to do things.Delete
I love to read and have been reading all my life. That is where I get the quotes. And I have learned to love the quotes for themselves also. I always try to find out the background of a quote I come to apreciate, then it is even more meaningful.
Thanks for sharing your story and beliefsReplyDelete
Thank you for reading and giving your time :)Delete
John 14 says "I am the way, the truth, and the life - no man cometh to the Father EXCEPT by me".... :DReplyDelete
Everyone has different beliefs, but good for you for being passionate about yours.ReplyDelete
This is a very thought-provoking post! Even within Christianity, there are a lot of divisions and different beliefs. (Also, I love the photos and quotes that you've included with this post!)ReplyDelete
Thank you, Elisebet, I try my best to find the pic and quote that go with the text. It is true that there are division but there is also core truths that all that are Christians believe. Sadly many churches who say they are Christian are more concentrated on other so called core truths or have wandered away from the original faith.Delete
I love this post. Since I am having a problem of my faith, and i feel that I am a bad guys , stubborn and evil because of my wrong doings. Thank you for this :)ReplyDelete
I'm glad you enjoyed it, Kenneth. Just remember that God loves you and wants your best, and try to find Him, not the set of rules.Delete
I am not a very religious person, I mean I do believe in God and I have faith but that's pretty much it. Yet I never judge other religions, we all have to believe in something.ReplyDelete
I'm a pagan. Which means I believe the earth is my creator and goddess. I follow pagan traditions and holidays that humanity celebrated long before Christianity came along. I'm not a sinner, nor do I believe in the devil or heaven and hell. The earth, the trees were all created, but not by gods hands, but by nature and science. I'm not one to believe that I'm right and everyone else is wrong. I love people no matter what they believe. Our only commandment is Harm None... Whether emotionally or physically and whether human, animal or plant. Thanks for sharing. Interesting read.ReplyDelete
I LOVED this!!! Gonna share your post! Great read!!!ReplyDelete