Thursday, November 13, 2014

Atheism and the "Fors" of Christianity

I recently read about a new kind of church. It is a church comprised of atheists. These churches or “assemblies” encourage community, testimony and celebration. They unite around a common disbelief in God.

That makes no sense to me. To this outsider, Atheism looks like a religion based on what it is against. It is propped up against the existence of God and, therefore, if God ceased to exist as a concept, so would they. That hardly seems compelling enough to build a church.

Still, if I’m honest, I have to admit that Christians can behave in similar ways. We are tempted to define ourselves by what we are not. We are tempted to think that we are Christians because we are against the secularists. We are against evolution. We are not humanists. We are not Muslims. When we do that that, we forget who we are in Christ and all the things we are for because of Jesus.

The earliest claims of Christian belief describe all kinds of things that Jesus’ people are for. The Apostles Creed says Christians believe in a ton of positive stuff that stands on its own two feet. We believe in God Almighty. We believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. We believe Jesus was crucified, dead and buried, descended into hell and rose again on the third day. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the church and a whole lot more. As it turns out, Christians believe in a lot. You should read it. You should read the Bible too. Christianity offers a ton to be for.

As you go through the coming week, remember who you are in Christ. Remember all the things Jesus is for. Let the things we believe in define how you go about your day. As you do, you find a fullness of life defined by Jesus. You will also find something eternally positive to be for.

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