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Worth Dying For

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In Western society, people are concerned about anything and everything except the things that are significant. Society tolerates everything but the values of Christ. The ungodliness is so subtle that many Christians are easily manipulated by it and are unable to fight the real enemy. As a result, Christianity, once the source of freedom in the West, is now on the edge of bankruptcy.

Sadly, many Western Christians are passive about their liberty, a legacy left by their forefathers at great cost. Instead of using the full authority of the Bible to approach problems within society, these Christians, for the sake of political correctness, are using the manuscripts of the world, with their subtle anti-Christian philosophies. But unless we rely on the root of our own faith in Christ, we will not be able to save ourselves—or the world—from crisis.

The apostle Paul said: “You do not support the root, but the root supports you” (Rom. 11:18). It is the root that bears the branches, sustains them and gives them identity. A branch is known by its own tree and root. If a root, by nature and in doctrine, is wild, unjust, illogical and unfair in political and social relationships, so are the branches. On the contrary, if the root is holy, just and loving, so are the branches (Rom. 11:16).

Knowing this, if we are naturalized through Christ into absolute values, why would we submit ourselves to inferior ones? Why would we reduce ourselves from glory to dust? The answers are simple. First, we do not know who we are in Christ, and second, we do not know Christ in the context of the world.

Christians are given fullness in Christ (Col. 2:10), and out of this fullness, we can find answers to all of life’s questions (1 Pet. 3:15). The Bible is the Word of a reasonable God (Isa. 1:18), and its messages can be tested and proved true (1 Thess. 5:21). Faith in Christ is reasonable, and the Christian faith is defensible in all dimensions of life. A Christian’s beliefs are true, rational and worth dying for.

Despite this, Christians often are criticized as “narrow-minded” because they claim that Christ is the only way to the truth. But accusers need to think on a deeper level and compare and evaluate all beliefs in order to understand how genuine Christianity is. For example:
?* The God of the Bible is a personal, revealing, relational and knowable God, whereas all other gods are impersonal and unknowable. Can an impersonal god be called Creator? Does an impersonal god exist? How can an impersonal god relate himself to a personal man?
?* Doctrinally, all other gods are the creators of sin, whereas Yahweh is holy and cannot create sin or have partnership with it. The Bible declares that sin comes from Satan and humans. Can a god who creates sin ask people to avoid sin, as in other religions? Can such a god be genuine in his call?
?* If gods in all other world religions are the creators of sin (are sinners, in other words), what do we expect their social, political and moral values to be? If the roots in all other religions and philosophies are the authors of lawlessness, what do we expect their followers to be or to do?
?* With these absolute differences between Christianity and others, is it possible to say that Christianity is just one of the many ways to truth?

Indeed, Christ is the only way (John 14:6). His Name is above all other names (Phil. 2:9), because of His own surpassing characteristics over any other gods and of the value He places on humankind. He has exalted humans to freedom to make peace with all nations (Col. 1:20–22).

Freedom is our victorious identity in Christ. We need to define this victory and nobility in Christ in the context of the world, by understanding other values and beliefs. Then we will be able to amaze the world philosophically, doctrinally, socially, politically and morally. When the gospel declares that Jesus is the King of kings and the Lord of lords (Rev. 19:16), it really means it. Until we discover the absolute confidence of this claim, Christians will not be able to challenge the world nor protect their hearts and minds from the invasion of world religions and philosophies.

Do we know Christ in the context of the world and who we are in Christ? Are we prepared to challenge all other world religions and philosophies? Are we prepared to protect our full liberty in Christ against the relativism that accuses us of narrow-mindedness and believes every other religion is right? Are we prepared to give an answer for our hope in Christ? Are we ready to challenge the world?

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