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Word studies: religion, leaps of faith
Jonal entry 958 | Wednesday, March 1, 2006
What we have here is a failure to communicate.
Yesterday I wrote: "Apparently you ["Person A"] use a different working definition of religion than I. To me, life is religion; religion is that which is the most important consideration in all of life...."
In response to which "Person B" replied: "My two cents: ...to me, religion is that which enables us to live and appreciate an honorable and decent life...not the replacement for it...."
To which I took and continue to take strong exception. "Life is religion/religion is life" has nothing to do with replacing life with anything else; it is to put life under Jesus Christ who is, He said, the way, the truth, and the life. As the Apostle Paul puts it: "to me to live is Christ."
Next, Person B makes some good and true propositions when she says, "What is life but a gift from God, to be utilized? If all things come from God, then what do we say to the Lord on judgment day when he wants an accounting of what we did with the gifts he gave us, those things being our lives, our loved ones, our talents," all of which I and I think any thinking Christian would endorse.
But Person B continues with: "Are [we?] to say: We have forsaken our spouses in the name of religion? We have forsaken our children in the name of the religion? We have forsaken our talents in the name of religion? Isn't that wasting God's gift of life for the sake of God?"
These are all things that Jesus forbids, as does the Old Testament law, which the Psalmists and other wisdom writers repeatedly call "God's truth." How could anyone who knows God and His truth do any of these things?
Finally: "religion should be life's buffer...not it's insulation." And earlier in the same thread a claim was made for religion as basis of our morality but not for debating whether truth is relative or absolute.
I've argued here repeatedly that a New Testament understanding of "religion," life in Christ, engages every facet of life and therefore it should be described as the very essence of the Christian's life, as life itself. As Jesus said (again) "I am the life."
In a later email, Person B asked: "And what in the world is an 'upper story leap?'"
I answered this just a month ago, in the Jonal of February 1, "The irrationality of believing":