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Various thoughts on Christianity

Posted by Chance on December 27, 2007

Various people look at Christianity from different lens. One viewpoint focuses on personal righteousness, a perspective that believes in salvation through grace, but focuses on becoming a good and holy person nonetheless. Your typical Baptist has this viewpoint. Critics say that this viewpoint negates the whole love aspect – being kind to others and being careful not to judge sinners. Another viewpoint is that which focuses on the love aspect – loving and serving others and not judging others. Critics say that this view of Christianity may tend to neglect the aspect of personal righteousness.

I do think that a complete picture of Christianity – that is, a view of who Jesus is (hopefully) has all these aspects. It focuses on becoming more like Christ. That involves being free from sin but also serving others. Proclaiming God’s truth yet not being quick to judge. James 1:27 says this

Pure and undefiled religion before God the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their misfortune and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

I believe that an accurate depiction of Jesus makes us uncomfortable in one way or another. If Jesus doesn’t make us nervous, then maybe we need to rethink our depiction of him.

Sometimes it’s hard to know where the line is. How do we love the sinner without condoning his/her behavior? How do we dine with sinners without falling into sin ourselves?

I often hear of Jesus’ message being portrayed as that of a man speaking truth to power. And I think this aspect of the message is true and is overlooked by many. This isn’t an easy message for many to hear. But for many, it is an easy message, especially if you aren’t rich and powerful. It is easy for us to say “Watch out you rich, you powerful, Jesus is coming!” In other words, watch out, you other people. And it’s not just true in this case. We always think that others truly need to incorporate the message that Jesus is preaching. We focus on the parts of Jesus that makes him easier to digest, whether it be his call for personal righteousness, or him challenging the rich, the establishment. But he has a message for all of us. I believe that Jesus, in one way or another, challenges us, not just the other people.

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One Response to “Various thoughts on Christianity”

  1. ecotheos said

    wrto Jesus, Yeshua, Yashua, Torah Messiah

    Does Traditional “Christianity” Follow Christ?

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