I’ve enjoyed this series of mini-posts, as I had to articulate certain aspects Christianity in as concise a way as possible. This really helped me to reflect on what was really important about my faith, and how to express this in as few words as possible.
My problem with this series was that it felt very disjointed and disconnected: I tended to write about “my next idea” without much consistency between each post. So, I have decided to bring this series to an end. I’ll be starting a new “short” series in a couple of weeks, which I’m hoping will work better. So, watch this space!
In the mean time, I want to leave you with something with which I can wrap up this series. Whenever I’m hard pressed to single out one aspect of the Christian faith, I always come back to one: Hope.
Christianity offers more hope than any other world-view or faith: it tells us we are made by God, so each life has purpose; we have broken our relationship with God because we have rejected Him, but God reached down to us in love; through Jesus Christ’s death, the penalty for our sin is removed, and we are forgiven; and through Jesus’ resurrection we are also promised new life after our deaths.
There is so much more to the hope of Christianity, but this gives you a flavour of the hope you could find, if you believe!
I also hope this series has encouraged/informed/challenged you, and hopefully further series will do too!
To explore this topic in more detail, you can read another of my posts.
In Western culture, we are living with two equally held beliefs, which completely contradict each other. We are told that following certain laws, and respecting certain rights, will lead to a happy society. We are also told that everything is relative and subjective, and we can only make our own happiness.
In other words, the former argues we should live good, moral lives, and this leads to happiness. The latter questions the grounds on which we can actually know what is morally right. Historically, people have looked to the state or the “majority” to decide these things: this has tended to end in disaster. And you cannot have a structured society where everyone lives be their own rules: that’s called anarchy.
Many people conveniently forget that our “free” and “equal” society is actually founded on the moral beliefs of Christianity. This is important because it can be argued that God is truly the only means of knowing what is objectively and morally right.
If God really is outside of time, all knowing, created us, has revealed to us the best way to live in Scripture, then we can know truly objective moral truth, and try to live by it. Anything else is simply subjective, open to question, and cannot really be the foundation of a cohesive society.
Moral living! Says who!? Well…God, actually!
In short: no.
But at the end of another year, some are tempted to ask this. Especially given the state of things in the world at the moment.
People tend to worry about the future. There can be an uncertainty: nobody knows what tomorrow will bring. The Christian faith, however, paints an incredibly hopeful picture of the future we can receive when we put our faith in Jesus:
“Then I saw ‘a new heaven and a new earth,’ for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Look! God’s dwelling-place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death”or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’” (Revelation 21: 1-4)
This is certainly an image of the future which encourages me and gives me hope at the end of another year.