Touché April 22, 2016
Posted on April 22, 2016 by under Touché,

 

Hot Button Topics: Universalism

“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”  (Jesus)

I sat next to this guru on a plane in India.  If you click the link  you will get to a simple and silly song that reflects an idea of universalism.  God is everything and anything that you want God to be.  We live in an age of intolerance of intolerance and that makes universalism a hot button topic.   Do we want to end up singing with this guru a song that seems very confusing to the poor police officer sitting next to him in the video?  He has a look that says: “what have I gotten myself into here?”

I spoke with the guru and tried to understand his concept of God.  He would say nothing to me that went any further than we all just need to get along.  I agree with him on this, but the Hindu understanding of God is a very mystical and ethereal sense that God is simply absorbed into the totality of the universe.  So a personal God that is connected with the life of this world is very different from the idea of Brahmin.

Some of the students I met in India being trained as church planters were headed for the North of India where radical Islam threatened their very lives as they preached the gospel.  There are radical differences in the way we view the world and the ways we view God.

Morgan Freeman is doing a series on the story of God on the National Geographic Channel.  He is looking for the connections, but his story shows us the nature of the difference.

All of these things make this a “hot button” topic that we do well to deal with as these are questions on the T.V. in the church and in our lives.

Coming to the end of the Sermon on the Mount now the question is: what are we going to do with this?  Jesus has laid out the way of life and the question for his followers is: how do we live into this today? If he is not who he said he was, then his call has little import for us, but if he is who he said he is, the Son of God,  then these words  have everything to do with everybody.  Join us as we look into this for the weeks that follow.

On the Journey,

Taylor