To believe in God is to believe in the salvation of the world. The paradox of our time is that those who believe in God do not believe in the salvation of the world, and those who believe in the future of the world do not believe in God.
Christians believe in "the end of the world," they expect the final catastrophe, the punishment of others.
Atheists in their turn... refuse to believe in God because Christians believe in him and take no interest in the world...
Which is the more culpable ignorance?
...I often say to myself that, in our religion, God must feel very much alone: for is there anyone besides God who believes in the salvation of the world? God seeks among us sons and daughters who resemble him enough, who love the world enough so that he could send them into the world to save it.
- Louis Evely, In the Christian Spirit (Image, 1975)
Thursday, October 19, 2006
christians and the future of the world: agree or disagree?
The last couple of days I've been reading Brian McLaren's book The Last Word and the Word After That. On page 152 he shares this quote which he received from Dallas Willard and Keith Matthews: