critical: essential, urgently needed, absolutely necessary relating to life, or characteristic of life; life-sustaining (from Latin vita meaning life)
C. S. Lewis makes the point that
“Christianity, if false, is not important. If Christianity is true, however, it is of infinite importance. What it cannot be is moderately important.”
I believe Christianity is true because I believe the Bible is God’s Word, inspired by God and thus authoritative. God worked through humans as instruments, but so guided them that they wrote what He wanted written.
Scripture can be trusted in its entirety. God has seen fit to reveal Himself authoritatively only in the Bible and no other books, and it is the final judge in spiritual matters.
The Bible is a testimony to God’s words, actions and plans. It not only has historical and factual value, but also raises an appeal to faith and obedience in every aspect of life. It does not simply record an authentic record, but makes an authoritative demand, presenting God’s message and claim with enduring fidelity and power. It is thus vital for all of us to look into this message.
Theology is not just for professionals. We all are theologians, whether we admit it or not because theology simply means “thinking and talking about God.” All people do that, both Christian and non-Christian. Just because we all participate in theology does not mean that it is undemanding, however. It is not.
An astronomer was talking with a preacher who wanted the scientist to think about God. The astronomer just shrugged him off with the statement,
“Preacher, I have a very simple theology: Just do good and love your neighbor as yourself.” The preacher responded, “Yes, I have a very simple astronomy: Twinkle, twinkle, little star.”
Although we will never have complete understanding of God’s Word and world on this side of eternity, we should seek truth to the best of our abilities.
“Let your religion be less a theory and more a love affair.” (G. K. Chesterton)
“the teachers of law . . . asked Him [Jesus]. ‘Of all the commandments, which is the most important?’ ‘The most important one,’ answered Jesus, ‘is this: Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no greater than these” (Mk 12:29-31).
Passion for God and compassion for people is God’s purpose for His people. Love more than any other virtue captures what this means. Yet love always starts with God. John wrote,
“This is love, not that we love God but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice” (1 Jn 4:10).
The Bible’s acid test of whether we authentically love God is whether we love his creatures, or “faith expressing itself through love” (Gal 5:6). True love for God inevitably spills over to love for others:
“Whoever loves God must also love his brother” (1 Jn 4:21).
In his Christian classic, Practicing the Presence of God, Brother Lawrence writes that a day in which we do not grow in love is a wasted day.
It is the purpose of this website to help people find living faith, and to deepen that faith and thus grow in love, in passion for God and compassion for people.
Dr. Lars Wilhelmsson