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The Christian faith in an age of change and uncertainty

Ground Zero Cross found amidst the debris of the World Trade Center following the September 11, 2001 attacks which resembles the proportions of a Christian cross.
Ground Zero Cross found amidst the debris of the World Trade Center following the September 11, 2001 attacks which resembles the proportions of a Christian cross. By Ben Franske (Wikimedia Commons)

With the year 2011 the first decade of the 21st century is no more, now buried in the pages of history, though not without leaving a great difference in the world than it used to be. Yet it has not been at all different so far from the past three centuries or so.

For the most part, the century in which we live, just like the 18th,19th and 20th centuries, has been dominated by a culture of unbelief and skepticism in as much as the issues of faith are concerned. But unlike these centuries, which largely operated with optimism through the notion of the certainly of objective reality and absolute principles in the universe, the 21st century has been characterized by the postmodern mood of uncertainty and indeterminacy along with it its own culture of suspicion and confusion. Now that we have entered the next decade of this century in such a socio-cultural context, we cannot help but anticipate much more changes and innovations - technologically, philosophically, economically, politically, and yes, religiously and theologically.

The world is spinning out of control. Indeed, there is no need to say that the world is changing quickly at an unprecedented pace. And in this age of change and uncertainty, we need to see to it that we are standing on a firm foundation, on that which is solid, stable and strong, while we keep ourselves open to every possibility. This, by the way, is what the Christian faith has to offer. Though it has been rejected, ridiculed and attacked in every corner and in every angle, it remains standing unscathed.

Sadly, not a few brave souls, so-called, have tried to alter and revise it. Some have repackaged it in a way that they think would attract the attention of those who would rather spew it if presented naked in the public square and the marketplace. Many of these innovators of the faith are self-confessed believers who want it conformed according to how the world look like at the moment because they are afraid that it has become irrelevant, obsolete and extinct in the hi-tech, fast-paced world of the 21st century. But they are not only afraid of it, they are actually ashamed of it (Rom. 1:16). For them, "Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried," as the British thinker G. K. Chesterton said long not too long ago.

But those who faithfully profess and openly confess it are not afraid of change and of uncertainty whatsoever. For them, the Christian faith remains the same and is not subject to change. This is so because it is not at all based, as people in some quarters would like us all to believe, on creeds and articles of faith formulated in the cool, clinical detachment of theological inquiry during the middle ages and are subject to revisions as time passes by. Rather, it has for its object the Person of Jesus Christ who has made Himself known sufficiently in the pages of Holy Scripture.

In fact, these creeds and articles were formulated according to the claims of Christ, about whom the Holy Scripture has everything to say, as the faith was tested, either by persecution or proposed innovations, through the course of time. And if it can be proved that the claims of Christ is true, there is no question that the Christian faith will not only survive this age of change and uncertainty but will also emerge triumphant and unscathed, solid, stable and strong.

Time will be no more. But as the Bible proclaims, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever" (Heb. 13:8). Those who believe in Him will not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16).

Comments

  • Penny Smith 3 years ago

    He indeed is from everlasting to everlasting.

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    James Hale 3 years ago

    Hello Edwin,

    I just came across your articles. Keep up the good work..

    James