A divisive question, potentially

A divisive question

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…

  1. Theo nomos culture – where the law of God is so embedded in our hearts that we all emotively think in the same category.
  2. Hetero nomos culture (subject to a law or standard external to itself.) Dictated to by the leadership at the top.
  3. Auto nomos culture. Each person dictates their own moral standards
    1. 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

meet the brief, the Bible

Theo nomos would clearly be what the Bible teaches, since Theo is Greek for God so the words mean ‘God law.’

law, a divisive question answered

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.’

Susan

You can view the talk on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPYRXop7aPA&fbclid=IwAR3yT-3UQlroqP4bbND0or1GtEYarZlySrv6PU8ERX0m88l_vqIpkHN_tGM

Choice: It’s Not as Difficult as You Think

Choice and possibilities

Sometimes we blame others for a poor choice we have made. However, if we have the full information, the responsibility for the choices we make rest squarely on our own shoulders.

As someone who never had much in the way of physical ‘riches’ when I was young, I thought God was a bit unfair taking the ‘talent’ from the man who had been afraid to do anything with it, but kept it safe. (Matt 25: 14 – 30.)

Now, I am older, I can see the spiritual meaning. I took it literally before.

The man who had been given five talents, used those talents and was praised for the result – because he used his God-given talent, made some wise choices, and in this example, increased the money.

The man who had been given two talents also made a good choice; he also made a one hundred percent return on what he had been given.

Using a talent is a choice.

We all have at least one talent. Some have the talent of encouraging others. Do we choose to encourage where appropriate.

Others are talented singers, and I know some people with beautiful voices, though they would say otherwise.

One of my neighbours has such a talent. She joined a group of other singers who go around local old peoples’ homes and sing for the residents.

There are talented musicians, and then some people find it easy to teach others.

Many of us say, “I don’t have a talent,” but I doubt it is true. Even if the talent we have does not bring us the attention of others, we all are gifted in some way.

A former neighbour did not think she had a talent. But her grown-up family all queued up for her mince pies, her cakes and pastries.

She was truly talented in baking. 

Choice of baked goods

Another person I knew was brilliant at organizing the home, and another at budgeting.

We are all different and have need of each other’s talent, if we decide to share. That, too, is a choice.

Talents are not always obvious

But each is important and we have to make the choice to use it. To decide not to use it is also a choice each of us make.

You might be surprised what you can do that would be a great help or encouragement to others.

If you need some ideas, consider some of the things mentioned in this post…https://www.susanprestonauthor.com/the-lonely-life-of-a-carer/

God bless

Susan