Lately, everywhere I go, it’s been finding me. Religious and moral relativism seems to be the newest “in” philosophy. From Wikipedia:
The term often refers to truth relativism, which is the doctrine that there are no absolute truths, i.e., that truth is always relative to some particular frame of reference, such as a language or a culture.
I’ve been in so many conversations where people tell me that all religions are basically the same. They feel they want to be open-minded to people who don’t believe the way they do. I love all people, especially those who believe differently than I do. I have many friends who are not conservative Christians, and I wouldn’t trade those friends for the world. They are great people, and I learn from them every day.
I’m open-minded about many things. But the existence and nature of the Creator of the Universe? My future eternal destination? If I say that the nature of God is relative, than what’s the point of believing?
Which, I think, is why many people run away from the Christian faith. People are sold a lie that nothing is true, so therefore everything is true. Except, of course, those beliefs that say they are true. Confused? Yeah me, too! Well, I’m about to make it a lot simpler.
You see, I’m not a theologian, nor a philosopher. However, there is one aspect of Christianity which is different than every other religion. Most other modern religions can coexist without contradicting each other, but not Christianity.
The difference? It’s not about me. I cannot do anything in my own strength to become good enough to attain true holiness. It’s called “grace:” unearned favor. The whole purpose of Jesus’ life on earth was to become the perfect sacrifice for my shortcomings. The ultimate purpose of that sacrifice was only to bring glory to God Himself! How awesome that it’s not about me!
I don’t have to meditate to achieve some ultimate peaceful state. I don’t have to come back a million times in different life forms till I get it right. I don’t have to adhere to a strict law of conduct to be pleasing in God’s eyes. Any change in my life or behavior is a direct result of my letting God work in my heart, not because I have to do anything to earn favor.
I only have to accept the sacrifice that’s already been made by a just, but infinitely loving God. And Christianity is the only faith which has a Savior, Jesus, who has conquered death. (I guess that’s two things.)
So, if my faith is not the ultimate truth, why bother? If I could get to fellowship with God any other way, why did Christ suffer on that cross?
It’s the most simple concept in the whole world. It’s not about me. It’s all about Him… Deep breath… Peace.
This blog is named “Real Life.” Jesus is that life.