Obviously I didn’t post again last night.
That’s because my internet wouldn’t connect.
I finally fixed it this morning, though! 🙂
Yesterday’s chapel lesson was the final one in our What If series, and centered around other religions and the nature of salvation.
R spoke about several things before getting into his actual message, but the verse reference I wrote down doesn’t match up with what I remember hearing him say. Oops.
I should’ve typed this out yesterday after chapel, but I forgot.
R spoke about how when he was young, he went to camp for the summer, and accepted Christ. One of the counselors came up to him and started discussing this new-found salvation. The counselor compared it to being on trial before God, with Jesus being the lawyer, defending people. The more he thought about it, the more R pictured God as a parole officer, and the more he pictured this “salvation” as having boundaries. He was doing what was expected of him, and he didn’t like it.
He made the point that saying a prayer doesn’t mean you’re saved. The Greek word for salvation is pistis, which means something like a heart-to-heart, covenental agreement.
He brought up Romans 10:9, and how the first-century Christians’ reactions to “confess with your mouth” might have been shock, or something like it. See, confessing that they believed in Jesus would get them killed by the Romans. Saying they believed in Jesus required a lot of trust.
R’s main question for yesterday was “Do you need to know of Jesus to embrace Him?”
He talked about how there are several viewpoints on this, such as
Pluralism, which we decided we would throw out the window. Pluralism means one of many, as in that there are many ways to get to Jesus/Heaven. But because Jesus says He’s the only way, pluralism is not valid.
Exclusivism, which we also set aside. R quoted C.S. Lewis, but I can’t remember the direct quote and I can’t find it. =\ The point he made after the Lewis quote was that people can know God without knowing that they know Him.
Romans 1:5 & 13
R spoke of the pursuit of people who don’t know God—if you’re so concerned that they don’t know Jesus, go tell them about Him.
Genesis 2:7 & 19 — What makes man different from the animals with him? He’s created in God’s image. He has God dwelling in him.
But sin entered the picture. It distorted that divine image of God within us. This is the problem, that we have a distorted image of God. The solution? Getting to the heart of our question.
R said he would submit to us that every world religion is works-based, not love-based.
Every religion, that is, except Christianity. Love is our divine employment. Love is God working through us. It’s not loving for the sake of loving.
There’s a great quote by C.S. Lewis that talks about love:
“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”
That wasn’t in yesterday’s lesson, but I thought it kind of fit anyway. This one might’ve been shared yesterday, though:
“The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.”
R ended with the basic idea that we share Jesus, and love others. To show the world Jesus, we have to know Him. To make disciples, we should first be disciples.