What’s most important to you about religion — about Christianity? What pops into your mind? Now give it more thought. Another answer?
A different question. What does scripture say are the most important principles of religion or Christianity? Not the most important person or being. The most important principles. A quick answer? More thought. The answer now?
This is a difficult question for me. I’m a religious person. I’m a longtime Christian, raised in a Christian home. I have developed articles of faith by listening to my spiritual influencers, all of whom were or are knowledgeable about scripture. I have embraced a set of fundamental beliefs by reading scripture myself. I have to ask, however, whether what I think are the most important principles in scripture are something I’ve been told, something I’ve read, or something from scripture itself. But how many things out of so many important things?
This can be a good exercise, though, just to see if what we think is important is, well, important. Let’s take — or try to take — a new look. Is there something in scripture that ties everything together? Is there something in scripture that says, whatever else you believe, these are the most important principles? The fact that Christians disagree so much is reason enough to seriously consider this question. So let’s start 2016 by thinking about it.
Spoiler alert. It’s unlikely we’ll agree on what’s most important or how many things are most important, even with a new look. I think we can, however, learn more about scripture together.
Two more items. (1) Trying to answer this question should be based on what scripture actually says. (2) I will need your help and input.
“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” (Psalm 119:105, NIV)