Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Not rocket science

When it comes to Christianity there are all sorts of words and phrases that I should know the meaning of but very rarely do. Words like Calvinism, Reform church, liberal theology, not to mention conservative liberalism (if there is such a thing) and even until recently episcopalian. A bit like post-modernism the precise meaning escapes me. If I had to define my brand of Christianity I'd say I was an almost-certain-don't-knower.

There are some things which I believe and on which I won't compromise: the fact that, out of love, Jesus died for me and each and every one of us so we could be forgiven, the fact that he is alive now, and the instruction he left with us - to love God and each other as ourselves.

Other things I believe include the Virgin birth (that's almost on my non-compromise list as it's pretty crucial to the rest of the story) and that Jesus is the only way. I don't believe that every one is going to be saved just because God is this nice kind loving creator but I do believe we'll be surprised to see who's in heaven.

There are some other sometimes hot topics I occasionally waver and dither over. My head may say one thing but my heart - or soul - says something else. Then there are the loads of tricky or deep theological questions that I just don't have a clue about, hence my almost-certain-don't-knower classification.

But it seems to me that being loved and loving should cover all eventualities. Call me simple (okay, not that enthusiastically!) but it's not rocket science.


Graham Hunt said...

Being of a scientific bent - i.e. show me the evidence then I'll consider if I should believe or not... this is interesting news lately. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-32977910 I still don't hold with the virgin birth of Jesus mind - but that is since I've yet to see human evidence of conception without intercourse - barring modern medical interventions that is

Trubes said...

I totally agree with you Liz,
Christianity comes in all shapes and forms, if nothing it is the way
to live a decent life style, respecting others and their own beliefs.
Recently our young granddaughter Olivia was confirmed into the RC church.
(I think you know that already as I posted about it on FB).
The priest, Father Tim, whom Ian kept referring to him as Father Ted, much to the
amusement of the children, Anyway, we were invited to take communion at the service, that is non RC communicants! I was so impressed.
Apparently the new Pope is asking the church to welcome all creeds into their services... They really are moving on.
Now, I feel able to go to church with my grandchildren which is most important
to me! So thank you Father Ted..... oops, I mean, Father Tim.

Di xx