There Is a God and He Has a Son

There has been a great deal of discussion among those in the Christian writing community about “Christian fiction,” and now it would seem there is even a discussion of what it means to be a Christian. I ran across an interesting post via Looking Closer Journal, Jeffrey Overstreet’s blog. I’m referring to sometime-Christianity Today-movie-reviewer Brett McCracken’s post Christianity 101: Exclusivity.

In this article McCracken lays out a well-thought explanation of the exclusive nature of Christianity, and don’t ya know, one of the commenters took exception:

For many christians, historically and currently, exclusivism is not a tenable position. There’s a huge body of theological work surrounding this issue

Well, no wonder people become atheists or even deists. I mean, if all gods are the same, and we have these insurmountable problems that we can’t control, and everyone’s in the same boat, then how could you believe in a god who gives a rip.

The claims of Christianity separate from the claims of other religions, not at the cross so much as at the manger, though the two really are a package deal. No other religion has God taking the form of man in order for humans to have a relationship with God.

Some religions think Man can become god-like, some think Man can do what it takes to become presentable to God. What these belief systems miss is how Other God is from His fallen creatures. His holiness is perfect. So is His goodness. And His righteousness. Who is Man to think he can enter into the presence of perfection with his “Yo, God, did ya catch me doling out my change to the Salvation Army bell ringer” attitude.

Man buys into universalism, in my opinion, because he does not recognize his own spiritual need. After all, we’ve grown up hearing “I’m OK, you’re OK.” One thing that almost always raises hackles is the notion that Man is sinful. Sure, no one is perfect, but, hey, we’re all good. Huh? There’s a disconnect between those statements that doesn’t seem to bother anyone. Anyone believing in universalism, that is.

McCracken’s conclusion was right on, I thought:

the final solution, in Christianity’s view, is none other than Jesus Christ himself. Not just the general, social reform causes he championed, but Jesus Christ the man: God incarnate. He offers himself to all—no matter where you where born or what you have done—and in that way he is the most inclusive.

I realize some with Calvinist leanings will differ with this last statement, but the first, I believe, is essential.

I was thinking about this in regards to Dr. Flew who I wrote about in yesterday’s post. Here’s a man who holds to the David Hume need for empirical evidence to support his beliefs. But God gave empirical evidence by sending His Son. He sent corroborating witnesses who wrote down what they observed. He sent a visible representation of His Holy Spirit, and that too was recorded for history. What other god has reached down to Man like that to make himself known?

Of course, the ultimate capper was Jesus The High Priest and King becoming the Sacrifice so that sinful Man could come into the presence of Holy God. That’s what Christianity is all about. As McCracken alluded to, it is not an organized religion advocating that people imitate Jesus. It is a relationship with God that spurs us to the love and forgiveness of others we have first experienced from Him.

So, back to what is Christian fiction. 😀

Published in: on November 8, 2007 at 1:44 pm  Comments (20)  
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