What defines a true christian? March 8, 2005Posted by roopster in Bible, Christianity, faith, God, Jesus, new age, Religion, spirituality, Theology.
I’d like to highlight a comment made by doc on the “Is God the source of evil?” blog.
I am still an Elder, and I am not asking you to ” forsake your bible-based beliefs and embrace other non-Christian belief systems.”
Rather, I am asking you to recognize that other non-Christian belief systems contain similar, if not the same, principles which are found in Scripture.
IOW, my ministry is that of recognizing and rejoicing in our sameness, as opposed to condeming others because of our differences.
In short, you do not have to give up anything to embrace your fellow man in Christ.
Rather, one only needs to recognize Christ in others, while forgiving that which is not of Christ.
The reason I do this, is because by recognizing Christ in the other, then I am better equipped to rejoice in our bond of sameness, thus promoting peace and unity between us.
But if we continue to focus only upon our differences, then we tend to sow and reap the disunity and discord that keeps us apart as enemies.
All this merely says is that we can practice a philosophy of exclusion or we can practice a philosophy of inclusion. I happen to choose the latter while it is evident that you are choosing the former.
The bottom line to the philosphy of inclusion, is that we do not ‘convert’ others by rejecting them if they do not, cannot, or will not, believe as we believe. Rather, we ‘convert’ them by revealing our samness, much as did Paul in Acts 17 when he talked about the UNKNOWN GOD.
And New Age thinking really isn’t all that bad, especially if we give credit where credit is due, that being upon the powers of love, unity, sharing, caring, mercy, and forgiveness which represent and come from Jesus Christ. All we need to do then, is reveal to those New Age thinkers just Who it is they are really worshipping, which is why I referred you to Acts 17:22 ff.
I guess you have yet to understand that a Christian is not one who judges, excludes, and condemns others by who they are not. Rather, a Christian is a person who accepts others in the Name of Christ Who is within them, and yet may still be unknown to them.
So our job is to simply tell those folks that Jesus is already in them and is being expressed through them by their acts of kindess and love towards one another. In this way, then, they will come to understand that they too are truly a follower of Christ.
Yet if you keep on going the way you have been, then others may come to think of you as being the type of individual Jesus speaks about in Matthew 7:22-23, and I’d hate to see that happen.
So perhaps all you need to do is be more loving and forgiving and less judgemental, as this latter does not really suit a follower of Christ.
What are your thoughts on doc’s comments?