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Truth is Truth is Truth

From the urban philosopher Lecrae:

Man, see some folks say, “All truth is relative, it just depends on what you believe.” You know, “Hey man, ain’t no way to know for sure who God is or what’s really true.” But that means you believe your own statement: that there’s no way to know what’s really true. You’re saying that that statement is true. You’re killing yourself. If what’s true for you is true for you, and what’s true for me is true for me, what if my truth says your’s is a lie? Is it still true? Come on man!

…See, there’s this thing called “Secular Humanism”, it says man is the source of all meaning and all purposing. You know what i’m saying? We’re just the result of a big cosmic explosion. We don’t really have a purpose or meaning, so we just come up with our own purpose. We’re the source of our meaning and our purpose. How can a man, which is the product of chance, a finite being be the source of purpose and meaning? You can’t! You’re created with purpose man!

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The Splendid and Stern Gospel of John the Baptizer

In Luke 3, John the Baptizer’s gospel is hard, stern, and in-your-face.  He preaches a radical lifestyle of self-sacrifice, compassion, and justice (vv. 10-14).  He even goes so far to say that the Christ has an axe ready to cut down the unfruitful tree and winnowing fork ready to burn the worthless chaff (vv. 9, 17).

Luke didn’t see this latter part as unloving, unproductive, or un-Christian.  How did he see it?  He wrote, “So with many other exhortations he preached good news to the people” (v. 18).

This is so unlike the good news we hear in Christianity today.  The “good news” is supposed to be soft, accommodating, and hippie-like.  C.S. Lewis thought otherwise about how we are to love people.  He said, “Love is something more splendid and stern than mere kindness.”  May we Christians be splendid and stern, like John, as we proclaim this good news to a dying and needy world.

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Life Theology

Seeing the Gospel in Good Books

I’m reading The Heart of Evangelism by Jerram Barrs, founder and Resident Scholar of the Francis Schaeffer Institute at Covenant Theology Seminary.  A few days ago, a quote caught my eye.  The funny thing is that it has nothing to do with evangelism, but about how good books point us to Christ:

Great literature deals with the human condition in all its sorrow and in all its joy.  It asks the difficult questions that confront all human beings and sometimes answers those questions accurately.  This is so whether it is a Christian or a non-Christian who is writing the book.  People live in God’s world whether they acknowledge Him or not, and they are made in His image whether they believe in Him or not.  Therefore they are constrained by the reality around them and the reality within them to wrestle with truth (p. 119).

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Theology

The Elephant in the Room

A guest post by Jordan Esmay

A friend of mine who was visiting this weekend told me about a conversation she was having with her coworkers about religions/philosophies.  The conversation was basically the same as many that I have had before.  Once into a conversation on religion or philosophy and how truth is tied into it, someone usually makes a comment such as, “How can you claim to know everything”  or “there are many paths up the same mountain” or “everyone looks to the same god, but with a different perspective” or retell the story about four blind philosophers wandering into the field, touching an elephant, and each stating it is something different.  These statements are supposed by the person stating them, that they are not only arguments but good ones.  Of course, these are not always the responses to the Christian, but they have been extremely common to me; coming from junior high students to college professors and “pastors”.

The problem that lies in these arguments is that the person making them is appealing to objective reality to say that they know that we cannot know.  No one is claiming to know everything, just something.  There are not many paths up the same mountain; people make extremely polar statements that cannot be reconciled anywhere or ever and most definitely can not go up the same mountain of truth…claims will either go up that mountain or fall to their death.  To state that everyone religion is worshiping the same god is downright offensive to everyone on the planet (and astronauts).  The claims of religions are separate and distinct at their core, albeit may have some superficial similarities.

If you haven’t guessed yet, I am more of a “discuss in the comments section”.  That’s why my posts are fairly loose.

With Love,
Jordan

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Theology

This is a Great Idea

Joe Thorn’s church in Chicago (Redeemer Fellowship) has started a Theology Pub where Christians and non-Christians can come together and converse honestly about spirituality.  Lord willing, this gathering, and others like it, will reach those who don’t know Jesus in a very relevant, non-intimidating way.