December 5, 2014

Christianity At Its Core: Jesus is God

It's not about self-help, it's not about human's inherent weakness in our search for 'higher existence', and it's definitely not about human psyche trying to find a substitute 'release' of our worldly anxiety. Christianity isn't related to who we are or what we do. Christianity surpasses cultural shift and social eras. It's not a mere 'modern european trend' or 'rebellious youth trend'.

It's about defining God and who He is. I'd love to influence people to see Christianity in a perspective of school subject, not Christianity as a religion. The biggest difference between school subject and religion is, I think, when you're talking to people about academic subjects, everything will be treated as factual knowledge instead preferential truth. Similar to scientific experiments, there'll be challenges to the present truth and in the case when new hypotheses/discovery arises, there are scientific measures to test the present truth and see whether the truth prevails over challenges.

Somehow there are just too many people who get all sensitive when it comes to religious talks. Does choosing a religion as our personal belief mean other's personal faith is inferior? It seems that some people take things too personally and there's a lot of personal pride attached to the subject of the conversation, ie. personal belief of who God is.

I don't know how other religion explains their Gods, but in Christianity, God is defined as the Holy Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. If you believe Jesus is the Son of God, came down on earth to save mankind by acting as a blameless substitute for the curse of our sin, then that is Christian's truth.  Furthermore, Christians also believe that our truth is the truth. Why? 

First, the truth that has been circulating for over than 2 centuries without change must be a truth. Mankind believed the world is flat and that the universe revolved around our earth until Galileo challenged those truth and proved them wrong. Cavemen believed fire comes from the gods and time proves that fire is easily created through frictions. Some modern-age Christians believed that the science of human-marking would mark the day of Jesus' second coming, and guess what, the technology has been circulating for over than a decade and has been widely used for scientific breakthrough, specially to help tracking medical records of chronically ill patients or prison inmates.

To put it simply, in science, truth is assumed as truth unless proven wrong. Does that make sense?

Reducing Christian's God to a perspective of 'humanity's way to seek anxiety release and personal fulfilment is simply insulting God. Even if many Christians go to church because of these reasons, please remember, again and again, reasons are not the same as definition.

Remember the definition of Christianity - our core belief of Father God, Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Jesus died to atone for our sin and free us from the natural curses of breaking God's perfect law.

To take it further, knowing the faith and believing it as truth are two different thing. So if we're talking about God, let's just strip ourselves naked on personal pride or superiority complex and discover the truths. Like what Paul said in 1 Corinthians 13:9-10:

"For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away."

I believe when the judgment day comes, Christian truth shall prevail ie. I'll get lifted up to the heaven and live happily ever after with God on a personal level. There'll be no more sin, no more physical imperfections, no more heartache (because near God I'll only feel joy and peace), no more desire to pursue worldly vanity (everything else is already provided by God), no more broken relationships, no more messed up world.

So please don't reduce Christianity to some self-help teachings or self-enrichment, motivational tool to build your life on. Take Jesus' wisdom at life's practical level, but keep your mind on the core of Christian's belief: Jesus is God.

This is an opinion from a young adult grasping Christian life. I apologize in advance if anything that I say offend any party. God bless.