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Religions all the same? Not so.

Today I’m going to briefly address a topic that’s been on my mind all week–that is, the difference between Christianity and all other religions.

Stated as succinctly as possible, Christianity is not, primarily, a moral system. All other religions (even atheism) are simply moral systems. That is to say, adherents of all other religions have a set of rules they attempt to live by, even if the only rule (in the case of atheists) is to not believe in God.

The problem with moral systems is that we human beings can’t live up to them. Even when we attempt to rid ourselves of a set of moral rules we find ourselves stymied by the inability to live up to even the most base set of standards.

Christianity recognizes this inability on the part of mere humans. This is why God sent a Savior–to live a perfect life and apply His perfection to those who believe in Him.

It’s as simple as that.

I’ve heard many people state that because there are similarities in various moral codes that ALL religions are the same. But this isn’t so–at least not for true Christianity. That’s why the Apostles referred to it as the “true religion”. Religion does not mean pulling one’s self up by the bootstraps–it means putting all reliance upon the Savior.

Does this mean utter rejection of a moral code? Not at all! When Christ becomes master, then He begins to change His followers so that they begin to embrace true moral law. As fallen human beings we’ll still stumble and fail, but the change begins with Christ moving His people toward perfection in the life to come.

It’s sad that so many reject this. But it’s fantastic that so many have come to understand. So pray for the former and rejoice in the latter!

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I’m disappointed too…

Recently someone posted on FB that they were “very disappointed” with my wife for taking a traditional Christian view on a present hot-button topic.

Well, frankly, I’m disappointed in the other person. The fact is, I’m disappointed whenever someone else does not agree with my own understanding on any topic. But that’s life in a fallen world. You’re disappointed, I’m disappointed.

Now that we’ve leveled the emotional playing field, as it were, maybe we can discuss a few points in a more or less logical manner.

For example, I’m disappointed when someone’s nominal “commitment to diversity” is not big enough to accept my attempts to honor Christian morality. (At least not without attempting to redefine all the terms in such a way as to neuter the actual meaning of Christ’s teachings).

I’m disappointed when someone tells me that they can’t respect those beliefs because I fall short of perfect application of those beliefs. Sorry, but that’s a non-argument because Christianity acknowledges that I am going to fall short of perfection–that’s why the Savior had to die for the sins of His people.

I’m disappointed when someone feels the need to lump Christianity in with some other world-view (usually overtly violent in nature) in an attempt to argue them both away. Seriously? What do you really have to fear from a man who’s doing his best NOT to steal your property, pervert your children, or take your life?

So, yeah, I’m disappointed. I’m disappointed that there are so many people out in the world who have the education necessary to get on the web and throw a lot of guff around–but have never truly considered their point of view in any serious way.

In the past it was mocked when someone would post “Me Too” in a chat room. Such people were called “brain dead”. Now it’s de rigueur to do pretty much the same thing–so long as what one is posting is in line with “politically correct” thought.

I’m not disappointed that the SCOTUS recently has actually ruled in favor of people of faith’s rights under the First Amendment and against administrative overreach (it’s about time). But it’s a drag that some people can’t see those for the victories they are for us all. Seems that they are too addicted to the cult of personality, or mislead by the liberal press, or both. So sad.

I’m going to have to pray for us all. That I’ll get over my disappointment, and that they will get over their misunderstandings.

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