Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Heresy

Regardless of whether you believe it or not, would you say that the central doctrine or belief of Christianity is that Jesus is God's son, and he died for our sins so that our sins could be forgiven by God?

That seems simple enough.

God is love.  I believe that.  I believe that God's love and Jesus' sacrifice on our behalf are not only scriptural, but that they go hand in hand.  Case in point, John 3:16:

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son, that whoever believed in Him would not perish, but have everlasting life.

If a non-Christian says they don't believe that, we have no problem saying that we disagree with their position.  But when someone who calls himself a Christian says that, and he's called out on it, people kill the messenger.

I wonder why the Christians confronting the heresy are getting the bad rap, not the heretic.  It makes my blood boil, and it makes me wonder if we've lost the meaning of truth.

Lest you feel my terminology is too strong or intolerant, I go to dictionary.com for a definition of heresy:

opinion or doctrine at variance with the orthodox or accepted doctrine, especially of a church or belief system.

I know that everyone doesn't believe as I do.  I believe that each person has the right to choose what you believe.

I know that within the Christian churches there are a lot of differences, and I believe that there's room for a lot of differences.  I'm glad that we have different styles of worship, and churches with different doctrinal emphasis.  Because of that, the Christian church can meet the needs of many different people.

I also believe that some foundational truths are core to Christian beliefs.  There are some things that you must embrace if you are calling yourself a Christian.  One of those is the need for a savior, a redeemer, a lamb without blemish -- Christ.

Christ/Christian?  Seems simple to me.

Galatians1:8:

But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned.

The gospel is the "good news" of Jesus.  That is doctrine.  Thus going against it is heresy.

Acts 4:12

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.

You can disagree with any or all of the above.  Many people do.  But please don't disagree about it and call yourself a Christian. It undermines the faith.

(Edited:  I was being vague on person, not wanting to appear to be "bullying" any one particular person.  I'm not exactly targeting him, although this person is who has rankled me of late.  I don't want there to be any confusion or misunderstanding, because apparently there are many issues stirring up controversy out there.

My post is in response to this).

5 comments:

Sherry said...

Well said, Jen. I can't think of anything to add. I do not understand why groups and individuals want to continue in aberrant beliefs and yet still call themselves Christians.

Carrie said...

Oh ho ho...I'm almost AFRAID to watch that Youtube video.

I definitely agree with your point, of course! And it's true - it's the people who are standing up and calling for a return to basic truth and a standard that are getting the bad rap.

Teresa said...

To analyze it very simply, the term "Christian" has lost its meaning for many people in today's world. Not everyone of course, but many. Sloppy thinking abounds in the world and these many don't stop to think about terms thus making it very easy to talk circles around them.

As a quick analogy (only meant to illustrate a point not compare the two things!). The drink Coke (Coca Cola) for many people refers to one particular drink. To others it refers to any dark "cola" beverage. To others still it refers to any carbonated beverage. Is a 7 Up the same as a Coke? No not at all - but to many people the labels are exactly the same.

In Christianity the original church was Catholicism. Then it "diversified" to Protestants. Now it seems anyone who says they believe in "God" a single God as opposed to Buddha, etc calls themselves Christian even if they don't believe in Christ. You'd think they would want a different label just to make it clear, but that would defeat the confusion aspect they look to exploit.

BTW - watched the vid - all I could think was... yeah right whatever dude. Stop selling your solipsism as religion. It did make me laugh though - he should've been around in the 60's - it would have been the perfect time for him.

Jennifer, Snapshot said...

I appreciate everyone weighing in.

Thanks :)

Carrie said...

I just watched the video (after reading Challies review of the book.)

My brain hurts.