The article concludes with a counter argument portrayed as a last effort by Christians to lay claim to their moral priesthood. The authors use the analogy of salt and light declaring that the reference’s true meaning require Christians to live a distinguished life but not a life of force or aggression. Thus, concluding that Christians must stop imposing their broken faith on others and, for the first time, let the world be attracted to their spice and brightness; to let society come on their own accord. Bickel and Jantz have strong views in what they portray as a sound argument; however this is not necessarily the case. Their argument has validity and validity alone.
Os Guinness says “The dissolution of faith’s authority and the disappearance of any positive force for truth and godliness turn into high-density, negative, and devouring force for evil” ( Hayes, 99). This is a reason why our Modern Church needs to specifically preach and teach the Word of God and let the Holy Spirit to go to work in unison with the Word. Instead of conforming to the world we live in and the culture surrounding us, the Modern Church needs to conform to Jesus Christ as the foundation. The Modern Church follows the New Testament Church in a way of having leadership in the Church. If we look at the word pastor it comes from the Latin meaning “one who cares for sheep” (Hayes,142).
Jesus said I am the way the truth and the life (John 14:6). If we can dissect this script, ‘I am the way’, Jesus was telling us his way was the way to live life, so long as we walk in truth meaning true to his way of life, following his example which is classed as truth which further leads us to eternal life. The dictionary’ definition for evangelism is; someone who seeks to convert others to the Christian faith, zealous advocates of something. This is a complete distortion of the truth of course. If the postmodern person read this definition it would create a storm, the post modern critique undermines all levels of truth whether it is from the English dictionary or the Holy Bible.
It is a veracious representation of what Christ would verbalize or do. What does the Bible say About Holiness? The Devil wants us to attune ourselves to the World rather than that of a Godly lifestyle. He kens if we do not show ourselves as the light of the world, then there would be no reason for unbelievers to desire to follow Christ. However, the Bible inductively authorizes us to pattern ourselves after Christ in all that we do which is expounded upon in our “Call to be Holy,” in I Peter 1:13-16, “Therefore,... ... middle of paper ... ...tion with God.
For the believer, they are often ill-equipped to articulate exactly what relationship these curious Pentateuch commandments have with the Gospel message. So what, if any, of these commands still apply to the Christian today? In order to clear up the confusion that many have with the relationship of law and Gospel, I will answer this dilemma through the context of my own view—the modified Lutheran view. Through this view, I will demonstrate that the Mosaic Law is no longer directly applicable to the modern Christian to the extent that it acts in the capacity to judge or immediately guide their life. The law is fulfilled in Christ, and we are to look to His and the apostles teaching while prayerfully being guided by the Holy Spirit.
James K.A. Smith, a Christian philosopher who in his book “Who’s afraid of Relativism? Community, Contingency and Creaturehood” offers an analysis of relativism. Smith brings the voices of three defenders of relativism, pragmatist Wittgenstein, Rorty and Brandom in hopes that Christians will embrace what they have to offer. He argues that as Christians we should not fear relativism but that we could learn a lot from what’s been offered in terms of what it means to be a creature .
They might even ask you to do subtle things that break God's rules. Take that extra step and really be a leader. Be the one person that everyone can look up to and say that you have the love of Jesus in your heart. Show them that you are truly on fire for God. For those of you who are going on to a secular society, I challenge you to remain in Christ and try to find some Christian friends.
As Christians, we must attempt to answer the questions post-modern thinkers are asking from a Biblical response. The best option is not to become part of it, but to transform. Isn’t that what Paul wrote about to the church at Rome? We shouldn’t just buy into the consumer mentality of the day; we must seek to be salt and light in an ever-changing culture.
Early Christians also believed that Greco-Roman philosophies and methods would lead Christians to doubt scripture and ultimately undermine their own faith. The challenge that some Christians and Muslims faced differently, was adapting Greco-Roman traditions to fit Christian and Muslim faith. It had to follow teachings and abide by requirements of the faith, it could not question or even challenge Christian or Muslim teachings, and it had to accept the Church’s “dictums” regarding the existence of God. Most notably, it had to accept the belief in creationism, the ultimate mission of Jesus, as well as the purpose of life and death. This challenge proved... ... middle of paper ... ...trongly rejected any and all Greek values and traditions, would oppose this educational renaissance, in his belief that it will undermine Christian faith.
Separation of Church and State America is constantly evolving and redefining itself. We have come to the point where we are less inclined to criticize individuals that are different from us and more inclined to embrace eachother’s eccentricities. Those who oppose a separation between church and state claim that because this country was founded on religious principles, our government should continue to base its laws on Christianity. An article entitled, “Standing up for Church-State Separation in Difficult Times,” states that, “Religious Right groups are crowing and insisting that they have some sort of mandated to make their repressive agenda the law of the land,” however, we no longer live in the 1700’s (13). Times are changing and America is no longer predominantly white, Christians.