A potentially divisive question was asked of Ravi Zacharias, “How do you respond to non-believers who accuse Christians of being hateful to people who support lifestyles that are not according to the precepts of our faith?”
He broke it down into 3 panels of an answer, and it fascinated me, so I kept watching.
1st panel logical problem. 2nd panel theological problem, 3rd the relational problem
He went on to give another example… and asked the questioner to define the culture we are living in.
The options were…
- Theo nomos culture – where the law of God is so embedded in our hearts that we all emotively think in the same category.
- Hetero nomos culture (subject to a law or standard external to itself.) Dictated to by the leadership at the top.
- Auto nomos culture. Each person dictates their own moral standards
- Then he asked another question, “If you disagree with me will you switch to a heteronomous mood and dictate to me what you think I should believe?’
Autonomous cultures run into a conflict when everyone has their own autonomy.
“Nomos, (Greek: “law,” or “custom”,) plural Nomoi, in law, the concept of law in ancient Greek philosophy. https://www.britannica.com/topic/nomos-Greek-philosophy”
Put the divisive question in one of those categories
Theo nomos would clearly be what the Bible teaches, since Theo is Greek for God so the words mean ‘God law.’
Hetero nomos would then be according to the law of the land.
Self-isolation, or quarantine is a recent example of the law of the land. https://www.susanprestonauthor.com/rebellious-what-do-you-mean/
Auto nomos would be everyone deciding for themselves.
However, is it hateful if my choice differs from your choice? Not unless I am in a position of power and legislate that your choice is ‘hateful’ because it differs from mine.
God gives us choice, we saw that at the beginning of the Book, and He allowed Adam and Eve to make the wrong one. He did not ‘wipe them out,’ instead, allowing them to live with the consequences of the choice, as do we.
A short talk but it gave me much ‘food for thought.’
You can view the talk on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPYRXop7aPA&fbclid=IwAR3yT-3UQlroqP4bbND0or1GtEYarZlySrv6PU8ERX0m88l_vqIpkHN_tGM