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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Not a Unity of Nature Religion

I’ve heard Christianity criticized for not being a unity of nature religion.  These critics view it disparagingly as a religion that does not appreciate the rhythms and processes of nature in which we are deified through identity with the cycle of life.  I fully accept the truth of what they say but strongly disagree that this should be thought of as criticism rather than a compliment.  Christianity holds that within nature are forces of love and hate, life and death, good and evil.  We should hold fast to the forces of love, life, and goodness and eschew the forces of hate, death, and evil.  Christianity views man as not being inherently good with his only challenge to harmonize with his inner subconscious and thus reach blessedness.  Christianity holds that such a transcendental view of self is essentially arrogant.  For within the human heart lies both love and hate, life and death, good and evil.  Man cannot overcome the forces of darkness alone, but requires the grace of a loving God.   The only mystery in Christianity is why God so loved the world that he gave his only son to save humanity.  Some criticize Christianity for fixating on sin.  This is a misunderstanding.  Christians do not fixate on sin, but they do frankly recognize it as an undeniable realty of human experience.  The mystery of perception is that blindness regarding one’s own sin (selfish pride, hypocrisy, arrogance, selfishness) is a reigning condition only shattered by divine grace.  The focus of Christianity is forward looking focusing on life after salvation and celebrating the fruit of the spirit.  A Christian finds it frankly difficult to understand how considerate individuals could deny the preference of these affirmations—of love, life, and goodness—or to deny our tendency to supplant them with forces of darkness.

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