How Do You Answer Someone Who Says the Christian Faith Is Too Negative?
Christianity is never mere positive thinking alone. It's always thinking that turns positive in the end. It always starts with some profoundly disturbing truths. If you'll see them, if you can handle, so to speak, what God himself is showing you by his Word - and only then - they will give way to other truths, exhilarating truths that make you alive and set you free. That's the way it works. Forgiveness makes me come alive precisely because I still see my sin. I celebrate the gifts of faith and love in the people I'm with, for the very reason that I've seen what we are like if left to ourselves. Heaven fills me with longing and hope to whatever degree I've seen this world as it really is. The truths of Christianity get up and dance to the degree I get it: I'm a sinner who is going to die.
But there stands Jesus.
Taken fromPrepared to Answerby Mark A. Paustian
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