The Insanity of Redemption

This last week I came across a quote that sums up a consistent argument against Christianity.

“The insanity of the Christian doctrine of redemption really doesn’t fit at all into our time. Nevertheless there are learned, educated men, occupying high positions in public life, who cling to it with the faith of a child. It is simply incomprehensible how anybody can consider the Christian doctrine of redemption as a guide for the difficult in life of today… A church that does not keep step with the modern scientific community is doomed. It may take quite a while, but it is bound to finally happen.”

The author goes on to belittle members of the clergy for being ignorant and essentially believes that Christianity is not compatible with modern society and thinking. Certainly this is a statement that you could hear on the streets of Portland or in the classrooms of our schools and it is not a new idea. But this quote is not from an academic or your neighbor. This is from the personal diary of Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s propaganda director and a central figure in the rise of the Nazis in Germany in the 1930s.

As I read Eric Metaxas’ Bonhoeffer I am fascinated by the way in which the German church shifted its theology to match the philosophy of the National Socialists. It is an important lesson in maintaining clear, Biblical theology in the face of popular opinion or “new” ideas. Today we may not have Nazi influence but there certainly are movements that challenge the tenets of denominations, think of those that have shifted in the past decade over cultural issues no longer held as important.

History reminds us over and over to stick with scripture and to trust in grace alone but too often we are swayed by slick speaking and things of a “tolerant” or a “generous” philosophy. Should we determine to be more about the cross and Christ as the only way to the father? I think so.

One Comment

  1. It’s so interesting to read this now as a Christian because I used to think in this exact same way – how could we believe in something written by men, written thousands of years ago, and how could this possibly be relevant in modern society?

    What I failed to see is this – what validty does “truth” have if it changes based on what individual opinion or how it fits into our society? Who is to say one’s claim of “truth” is right or wrong – whose word is sovereign? Only God has that right and ability.

    I often remember being completely lost, seeking advice from all facets of life…and nothing was consistent. One person had one piece of advice, and another the total oppopsite. Arguments would become circular, and beliefs were grounded in nothing.

    I’ve been thinking about these words all of last week, and it is SO true:

    “On Christ the solid rock I stand
    All other ground is sinking sand
    All other ground is sinking sand.”

    I am constantly baffled, humbled, and amazed when I think about how Christ loved us enough to come to earth to be the Way, Truth, and Light. How lost I was without Him.

    There are obviously many reasons that society is resistant to Christianity as a religion (I myself was included in this part of society for much of my life). But if people could take the religion aspect out and really allow the Father Himself to reveal heart for us expressed through Christ, I have incredible faith that their hearts and lives would be transformed by the Holy Spirit.

    Wow – sorry, long response…but Jesus is TOO good to not talk about.

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