Originally posted by whodey
But would you agree that the reason most find the gospel of Christ so offensive, is that it is so exclusive?
But would you agree that the reason most find the gospel of Christ so offensive, is that it is so exclusive? Christ says that he alone is the way, the truth and the life. At least, this is the vibe I get from many on these boards. Due to our sin nature, we often do not like to be told there is only one thing to do just as Adam and Eve did not like to be to ...[text shortened]... rect in the assumption that we alone are responsible for our actions which ever route we choose.
You know, I have spent years in discussions about what the real “gospel of Christ” is—live, in-depth and in full color. 🙂 I will now let the various Christians, with differing understandings, argue about what the “true gospel of Christ is.” I’m sure you believe your understanding, based on your reading of the Bible, and your interpretations of “text” and “context,” is the correct one—perhaps you think it is so clearly the correct one that you find it difficult to understand how someone could disagree and still call themselves Christians, perhaps not. I will not again address that question (not because I’m angry or even frustrated; simply because it is not a question that I can muster more than idle interest about, and revisiting it, as I have here recently, takes too much time and energy from those things that I am more interested in).
With that said, don’t confuse disagreement with offense. Don’t confuse offense at how the message is delivered with offense at the content. Sometimes the message is delivered with an air of smugness and self-righteous judgmentalism, and a refusal to argue critically, that people find offensive. (I am not
accusing you of any of that.)
You are correct in the fact that we have an innate nature that seeks a higher power and higher authority to submit to.
I would more likely assign such an “innate” tendency toward submission to such things as fright, anxiety, laziness, indoctrination, confusion, self-deception, despair or weariness... I have known all of those, and likely will again; I think most people have. I am not going to presume to know any one person’s reasons, nor do I presume that is some kind of exhaustive list.
The notion that it is somehow easier to live without such submission is simply a false one, as is the notion that a life lived without the discipline of such an external authority is necessarily an undisciplined life. Clarity, continual vigilance and self-criticism are essential—when fright or weariness or grief or despair undermine one’s ability to maintain that discipline, then you have to deal with the causes of those feelings. When you fall down, you pick yourself up.
(Note: none of this has to do with seeking out the kind of authority such as a medical doctor might have to diagnose illness, for example. That kind of authority is vested in her knowledge, based on her education, experience, etc. I would not elect to go to an ophthalmologist for a hernia, however. Nor do I relinquish my responsibility to weigh what the physician says, to ask questions, to seek a second or third opinion, however. I am unlikely to submit to the authority of a physician who reads the tarot cards to make a diagnosis...)