Monday, August 24, 2009

Using the "J" word - Part 2

In Using the "J" word - Part 1, I opened up the topic of how Christians are more comfortable speaking of God than speaking of Jesus. Let me say up front that I realize that this is true of me and that's precisely why I sat up and took note when I heard this statement made. It's easy to rationalize this behavior by saying that we want to keep the door open for discussion with those of other faiths and that we want to find common ground. Are not there other faiths that claim to worship the God of Abraham, as do Christians? Don't Christians believe in God, the Father, as well as Jesus, His Son?

If I believe what Jesus said in John 14:6 NLT, that He is the only way to the Father, the only way to Heaven, then it must be true that any faith that teaches otherwise is false. Someone explained it to me like this: Believing there is a God is not enough. Even Satan believes in God. The Christian faith is based on more than the acknowledgment that there is a god or even that there is only one true God. The core truth of our faith begins with the understanding and acceptance of how sin separates man from God, how God made provision for that relationship to be restored, and how Jesus was the sacrifice that made a restored relationship with God possible. OK, I admit that's a very simplified version and it won't satisfy everyone's definition of Christian theology (and maybe not even mine) but you get the idea. This is just a blog not a course in systematic theology. Jesus is the key to our faith so leaving His name out of our discussion of what we believe is probably not a good idea.

How then do you and I become more intentional and comfortable speaking the "J" word?

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