Jesus Christ and morality

Had a conversation today during lunch regarding the usefulness of religion to the world. One person argued that the world would be a better place without religion. If by religion he means “what man has to say about God” I agree wholeheartedly. However if he means “what God has to say about Himself” I don’t agree.

There are numerous examples of how the first definition has been a detriment to the human race, Adam and Eve’s disobedience being the event that started the downward spiral otherwise known as human history. The Crusades being another example of man imagining that God wants this or that and thus committing untold atrocities in “His Name”. Upon examination of the life of Jesus Christ, I don’t think He would go along with what so-called “Christians” did during the Crusades (By the way, just because someone has a cross emblazoned across their chain mail, does not make them a true follower of Christ).

Another thing considered during this discussion was the commonality of all religions (Islam, Buddhism, Christianity were the ones mentioned). I, of course, had to politely disagree. While religions might have similar ethical teachings (i.e. “The Golden Rule”), Christianity stands apart on a very fundamental level.

Christianity alone asserts that Jesus Christ is God Incarnate. No other religious leader has made the claim to deity. In addition, Jesus Christ also taught the Golden Rule (“Love your neighbor as yourself”) but it wasn’t his primary purpose to introduce a new morality. Everyone knows about the Golden Rule don’t they? Those who haven’t read the Gospels know about it. In fact, Jesus wasn’t the first one to teach it. If I’m not mistaken, in the Far East, Buddha and Confucius taught it before Jesus did. So what’s the big deal about this Jesus, it was asked?

Well He tells us that we don’t do the things we know we should do(Read the Sermon on the Mount for a truly convicting experience). Bottom line, Christianity is not about teaching us how to behave it’s about affirming that we cannot keep God’s Law, yet all is not lost for Jesus saved us from the consequences of not keeping it. He died on the cross to suffer the punishment that was coming to us as a result of our disobedience.

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4 Responses to Jesus Christ and morality

  1. Belinda says:

    We need to realize that religion and God and spirituality are NOT the same thing.

  2. freevolition says:

    Christianity is not a religion, it is a personal relationship between God and man (or woman). Religion is the Devil’s ace trump card and he plays it very skillfully.

    The main principle that sets Christianity apart from other beliefs is the triune God. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit: co-equal, co-infinite, and co-eternal. That along with the fact that there is no ritual, works or good deeds that we can perform to ‘earn’ our way into eternity with Him. It is a gift from God, lest any man should boast. All an individual has to do is decide whether to accept or reject the gift.

  3. Laz says:

    Christianity is a belief, free (you yourself said it). That’s what I meant by religion, I did not mean to imply some other thing.

  4. freevolition says:

    I didn’t intend to imply you did, Laz. 🙂

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