Friday, April 08, 2005

Dodgy theology in old songs

1) "God holds the key to all unknown, and I am glad. If someone else should have the key, or if he trusted it to me, I might be sad."

... for which read, "it would be a complete cosmic disaster."

2) (Sorry, Dave Heddle) "You ask me how I know he lives, he lives within my heart." That way lies existentialism - Christ doesn't only live because I "feel" that he lives "deep down inside". How did the disciples know that he (Jesus) lived? Well, Jesus met them, so that could have been enough. Instead, however, when he spoke to them, he focused on the fact that the Scriptures said that he would suffer and die, and enter into his glory. (Luke 24:27,44) Why? Because future Christians would not meet the risen Christ. So how are they (we) to know? Because the Scriptures say so.

So, you ask me how I know he lives? Because it was necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory - and because the gospels record that was what happened to Jesus.

1 comment:

Liz said...

We've replaced faith with a feeling. Its sad, and I believe that's why we have so many backsliders in the church, because they never "slid forward" in the first place. We don't tell the lost that they are going to hell, we say "you will have peace." It doesn't work. They want peace, then when things in their lives go wrong, they believe Christianity is wrong. But faith isn't a feeling. Its something much deeper. Its a conviction so strong that it becomes its own evidence.