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Is Your Faith Based on a Feeling or a Person?

Jesus minced no words when He said:  “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”  John 14:6  ESV

Jesus here declared a narrow “objective” reality - meaning that this truth is outside the realm of human control. It is in no way of human origin. This truth would exist even if we did not.

However, there has been a slow and steady drumbeat the past few decades that has culminated into the “post-modern” philosophy. This post-modernism in short begins its beliefs not on the person of Christ, but on personal feelings or convictions. If I feel that God is someone who allows me to rob banks without consequences and I feel good about this, then that is my Christianity. This is “Subjective Christianity” versus objective. It is based on how I feel or what I personally believe instead of the reality outside of me - Who Jesus is and what He said. There is a very basic problem with this kind of “Christianity”. Elton Trueblood put it this way, “If the kidnapper feels good about the kidnapping, the act is moral”.  When speaking about human nature, Trueblood goes on to say, “He (man) can make himself feel good about almost anything”.

“In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes”.( Judges 17:6 ESV).

If morality is whatever I feel it is, I can make up my own rules and create my own standard of right and wrong. This I believe accounts for much of  the frustration faced by parents, spouses, and any follower of Christ who has seen a loved one suddenly blur the lines of morality. I speak not of petty sins or hair-splitting issues, but of “changing the rules of what right and wrong are”.

I strongly believe in reaching people where they are with ever-changing methods, however in our effort to go to where people are, we must never prevent the inevitable collision course between man’s selfish nature and the cross of Christ. Trueblood further says, “The question Christ asks, ‘Who do you say that I am?’ is important. We are forced to answer it one way or another. The question is a dividing line. ‘He who is not for me is against me’”.

The Way, the Truth, and the Light find its source in a person - Jesus. This is why He never said, “Follow a principle a path, or revelation,” but “Follow me”.