A friend critiqued my first post in this series saying that it could be interpreted as “we really can’t be sure of anything”. I really appreciate his feedback, and to be honest, sometimes I don’t think we really can be sure of anything, so maybe that’s why it came out that way in my first post. I mean, the post is about the subject of doubting and faith. However, I’m not saying there isn’t ultimate truth, I just don’t think that any of us has the monopoly on truth and that many things we believe are truth could be wrong. In fact, Jesus is the ultimate truth.
“Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”” John 14:5-6 (NIV).
Jesus is the truth, and the way to get to God, the way to be a Christian, the way to go to heaven when we die, is through Jesus, and only Jesus. Jesus said that the only way anyone can come to the father is through him. So, to be a Christian, to be saved, all one needs to do is trust in Jesus. God doesn’t ask us to take a certain position on homosexuality, abortion, politics, and so on. All we have to do is trust in Jesus, and that is the heart of the gospel, that is the truth.
We need to stop throwing around accusations that anyone who doesn’t subscribe to our particular brand of beliefs, however passionate we are about them and however right we might think we are, isn’t a Christian.
Many of us, particularly the under-30 crowd, are starting to rethink conservative Christianity and its traditional beliefs. We’ve heard Christians go on long rants or seen them write lengthy articles about what they are against (and I’m guilty, on both counts). The thing is we are aware of what traditional conservative Christianity is against. Part of the problem is that we can’t figure out what they are for. Another part of the problem is conservative Christianity’s tendency to ignore the findings of science, and their refusal in many cases to accept academia and intellectualism. Those of us having doubts in this modern day are having doubts because what we know intellectually isn’t matching up with what we are told.
It appears that many conservative Christians think that the Bible and academics oppose each other. I don’t see it that way, and neither do a lot of the younger Christians these days. I see the Bible and intellectualism going hand in hand. God made us, he gave us our brains, and he gave us the ability to learn. I still see conservative Christian parents trying to steer their children away from going to college, thinking that college will destroy their faith. The thing is, for some of us, college can save our faith and renew our faith.
College made me realize that things aren’t as black and white as they sometimes seem. There are some things that are black and white, such as Jesus being the only way to be saved. However, some things are grey and Christians can disagree on those things and yet still be Christians.