Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Christianity will change to survive... in the next 100 years

In the post before this I mentioned the where will Christianity be in 100 years discussion in my class today. The comment that struck the hardest chord with me was the idea that in order to survive Christianity will have to conform to the times.

This could not be farther from the truth. No matter how much people would like to change our message there is only one way that it can be done. God does not give us room to rewrite the Gospel and the Law so that it can relate to social issues. In fact the cause for all of this rewriting is the Law accomplishing what it is supposed to but people are not being given the Gospel to show them how much God really does care about them. So much in fact that he gave his only son to save us from a fate which we deserve.

Society loves to rewrite the rules for Christianity because they are living under the delusion that as long as the accepted rules are followed then it will merit the Grace of God rather. The Christian church is not one of following Law to be saved but rather a combination of rightly divided Law and Gospel. (A good intro to this idea by Ryan at Wretched of the Earth) The key is the Gospel for salvation we can do nothing on our own to merit God but rather God gives us everything as a free gift no strings attached.

Anyways does anyone have any thoughts about where Christianity will be in 100 years?

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Regarding where christianity will be in 100 years, I just can't imagine Christ won't have returned before 100 years is up - hey, maybe even before 2006 is up! Although I know the Christians of 2000 years ago thought the same thing!

Anyway, I know that's not what you were talking about. You're right that Christianity shouldn't have to conform to survive, but I wonder if we are believing exactly the same things the early Christians did. I somehow think its unlikely, so I suppose our faith has changed. No doubt as we learn more about our world etc. we expand our thinking about God. But the fundamentals can't change - that we are saved by the Grace of God.
Interested to see what other (more learned!) people think.

Joe Fremer said...

Anonymous,

I would agree with you in one sense. Our faith has not exactly changed, but it has developed some of the ideas that were there all along, but nobody was really thinking about them. Then some guy comes up with an explanation or an idea, and some really smart guy critiques it, and maybe calls it a heresy, and explains what's wrong with the new idea. The heresy didn't cause the second guy to add anything to the faith, just to reflect on it and apply reason to lay out some of its implications, that were already there, but unexamined.

If Jesus hasn't returned in the next 100 years, I imagine He will still be muttering to Himself what He said while still on earth: "When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?"

I guess that sounds cynical. But it sure seems to me that an awful lot of people, including many who wear the tag "Christian," just don't get it. I don't know why people think they can improve on what is so clear in the Bible. It's pretty basic stuff. "Repent and believe the Good News" will still be relevant in 100 years.

Andrew said...

I agree the Good News will always be relevant and we do never really know for sure when Jesus will be back. Where is it that Jesus makes that comment Joe just to add it to my knowledge.

Joe Fremer said...

Luke 18:8, Andrew.

It's part of a passage where He teaches us to "pray, and not give up."