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Christianity is not Philosophy


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“And out of that hopeless attempt has come nearly all that we call human history—money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery—the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.” C.S. Lewis
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” Romans 1:20

I have always seen the above two truths practically manifested in metaphorical immovable object versus unstoppable force confrontations that result in atheists, upon realizing theycannot reconcile their beliefs with reality, shifting their effort to eliminating the part of reality that doesn’t mesh with their worldview.

And, by “atheists” above I mean Marxist deniers of God, like Mr. Silverman in this video.

Watch at The Blaze

“Christmas is fast approaching and the “war on Christmas” is just getting started, with atheist groups and other secular organizations pushing to ban nativity scenes and make sure the only decorated trees in government buildings are “holiday trees.”

To that effect, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly invited American Atheists President David Silverman onto his program on Wednesday to debate the issue. Though the conversation started pleasant enough, it quickly devolved into a contentious war of words. For example, O’Reilly accused Silverman and his “merry band of fascists” of trying to destroy Christmas.”

While I love watching atheist fascists get smacked around when they try to eliminate God and religion from the public square so they don’t have to confront His inconvenient truth, I have issues with Bill O’Reilly and his long standing opinion that Christianity is merely a philosophy.

Claiming that Christianity is a philosophy minimizes Jesus and reduces His teachings and message to mere suggestions for righteous living. Even those who are not persuaded by core message of Christianity can have great respect for Jesus as a philosopher or good moral teacher yet not be true Christians. People can adhere to the “philosophy” and teachings of Jesus to the letter but miss the point of Jesus coming to Earth in the first place entirely. These are religious, faithful, or spiritual people who, according to the definition of religion below, concern themselves with “devotional and ritual observances, and a moral code that governs their conduct.”

Religion and philosophy are not bad things but following rules and moral codes equate to good works which Jesus makes clear are not the way to salvation. Jesus came to Earth not asa teacher or philosopher but as a savior, all of Christianity hangs on this one historical fact.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

Any adherence to the philosophy or teachings of Jesus by true Christians are outward displays of inward commitments by believers who have confessed their sins and entered into a relationship with the living God through Christ, it is that simple.

Trying to spin Christianity (odd for The No Spin Zone) into just a philosophy is academic elite politically correct nonsense designed to make Christianity palatable to people who want to feel good about themselves without requiring them to make a commitment.

phi·los·o·phy

“The rational investigation of the truths and principles of being, knowledge, or conduct.”

Christianity IS a truth, not the investigation of one.

re·li·gion

“A set
of beliefs concerning the cause, nature
, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.”

Religion is a set of rules made by men in an attempt to get close to God. Christianity is God sending His Son to Earth to offer salvation to men.

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” C.S. Lewis

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3 thoughts on “Christianity is not Philosophy

  1. While I agree with J. Alfred, I think the tent of Christianity is big enough to offer shelter to those who subscribe to the literal godhood and the saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and also to those who subscribe to His commandments as a prescription for a charitable, peaceful and happy life. I don’t approve of Christians who deny the Christianity of other Christians. Jesus said to judge not. I think it is up to each individual to decide whether he fits into the Christian family of believers.

    Jesus asked His disciples who men thought he was, and who they (the disciples) thought he was. Peter said, “Thou art the Christ (the Messiah), the ‘Son’ of the living God.” Some Christians agree with Peter regarding Christ’s divine Son-ship. Others say that He WAS the living God (the Father) made flesh. Others say He was an inspired man, the greatest teacher and philosopher in all of history. Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” I’m inclined to freely share our Christian identity with anyone who loves Him enough to keep His commandments.

    Posted by Linus | November 29, 2012, 7:18 pm
    • Great comments, thanks.

      To be clear, I am not, and never do, question whether someone else is a Christian or not, that is something that can only be known to God and individuals themselves.

      My purpose, as I see it, is to tell people what being a Christian means according to the Bible, and I described that in the post.

      To say there is room under the Christian tent is a little too accepting of people that have not confessed their sins and entered into a relationship with Christ. Telling people all they have to do is keep the commandments of a good teacher is misleading and reliant on works and deeds.

      There is no room for debate on the fact that Jesus was God in the flesh.

      John 1:1, 14, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… 14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

      John 20:28-29, “Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.”

      Heb. 1:8, “But of the Son He says, ‘Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever, and the righteous scepter is the scepter of His kingdom.’

      The only other options, as they say, are liar and lunatic.

      Posted by J. Alfred | November 29, 2012, 7:41 pm
  2. The only thing I really have to offer here is that David Silverman is in for a very rude awakening at the judgement bar and I wish Bill O’Reilly had actually punched him. I guess I’d better repent for those thoughts.

    Posted by Sherman | November 30, 2012, 8:33 am

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