Today has felt quite strange. Ian got up and went off to class; shortly thereafter, I found myself laying in bed thinking “Why should I ever get up? I don’t even have class until 1:00 today.” However, I did drag myself out of bed and puttered around doing apartment-maintenance things until about 10:30. Then…commence the studyin’! Nobody wants to hear about other peoples’ life minutiae; suffice it to say, I should be studying right now instead of blogging. Anyway, the oddest part of today was the surreal feeling when I went to my WPI class. That’s when I realized I had 3 whole classes left (counting today) while all my Clark friends are done with their classes and have buried themselves in mountains of work. Also surreal was the feeling of not having to scrounge for a ride back to WPI “in time,” as well as not stressing that the shuttle would be late and I’d have to miss part of class.
I’ve been thinking a bit about a conversation I had with a friend. We were talking about theology, and he said that he didn’t think people needed to go to church or any of that to be saved (similarly, Jess and I talked some about Christianity and she hasn’t been inclined to go to church either). I suppose you don’t; but what Ryan replied when I talked to him about it was that no, of course you aren’t saved by works; but as a Christian you’ll want to do “all that Christian stuff.” Including going to church. Does that mean that, if I’m not inclined to go to church, I’m not a Christian then? What if the institution of church just disgusts somebody so much with its hypocrisy and overblown sense of ritual that it becomes abhorrent? What if, for somebody, true worship is impossible because the church has been so destroyed by the humanity of its members? The other thing that struck me about that conversation was the fact that my saying “If you’re not a Christian, you aren’t saved,” really bothered him.
It bothers me too. No, I am certainly not God, but if Jesus said that he was the only way to get to the Father (John 14:6), isn’t that pretty definitive? But may college student are reviled by the idea of condemning anybody’s system of belief. The suggestion of any one Right Way – and every other way is wrong – is the only true sin to them. How could I be so audacious to claim that a righteous Islamic imam isn’t saved? Not I; all I can do is believe what the Bible tells me. Yet that has had more than a couple people miffed with me. And what can I say, in the end? I am certainly in no position to judge people; though Christian, I am no better than anybody else. I think that what I believe is right – that’s fine with them – the problem comes when I extend that to saying that they are wrong. But, but, but… that’s part of believing what I believe!
Then again, we also talked about this: how do Christians decide what rules to follow and what rules not to follow? After all, the Old Testament is chock full of rules for the Jews; yet they don’t apply to us why? I think I recall it’s because Christ made a new law when He died for our sins: the reason for those rules no longer exists. The point of the rules in Deuteronomy and those books is to set the Jews apart, to make them holy as God’s people. Now, however, Jesus has died for our sins and His blood covers us. When God looks at us, He sees Jesus’ perfect life as a result of that sacrifice. Mr. Jones explained in class that for every rule in the Old Testament there’s a parallel in the New Testament.
I’ll stop the little theological ponderings, now, and get back down to earth. And math. And Life.
– KF –
1/2 Paper – Would somebody please be willing to look this over for me? Please?
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