Sunday, December 23, 2018

Failing to live up to Christian teachings


The fact that Christians have not lived up to the Christian standards of conduct is not surprising, in fact it is a central teaching of Christianity that we as humans are sinners, even after we become Christian, and so if Christians were to live up to the teachings of Christ, it would show that Christianity if false, not that it is true.

6 comments:

Joe Hinman said...

Sine one of the teachings is sin nature, if we didn't fail the teachings would be wrong.

Steve Lovell said...

Quite so. I often find myself thinking of this quote from Chesterton:

“As for the general view that the Church was discredited by the War—they might as well say that the Ark was discredited by the Flood. When the world goes wrong, it proves rather that the Church is right. The Church is justified, not because her children do not sin, but because they do.”

― G.K. Chesterton, The Everlasting Man

Starhopper said...

Or as I've always maintained, the Problem of Evil is a problem for the atheist, not for the believer. In a godless universe, there is no mechanism for anything to go "wrong". The fact that things do proves that there is more to reality than the purely material.

And with that thought, I close out 2018. I'm on a plane in a few hours, and will be away from my computer until next year.

Signing out (for now).

One Brow said...

Starhopper said...
Or as I've always maintained, the Problem of Evil is a problem for the atheist, not for the believer. In a godless universe, there is no mechanism for anything to go "wrong".

I'm not sure what you mean by '"wrong"', here. Do you mean no there is no method for defining the term? There can be no Problem of Evil if there is no evil.

bbigej said...

I don’t know, doesn’t the Bible also teach that by their fruit you shall know them? Isn’t the Spirit in this world, indwelling Christians? What does it mean if the conduct of most Christians is indistinguishable from most atheists?

bbigej said...

That is to say, what if there is no fruit, or the fruit is divided relatively equally among persons of all persuasions?