Christianity is losing its place in western society; if we don’t rescue it, we will lose it and all of western civilization with it. Although it is currently fashionable to consider western civilization as evil, the truth is that it is only the tenets of that very civilization that lets people hold that opinion.
Why do I say such a thing? Here it is in a nutshell: Christianity introduced the idea of the primacy of the individual into the minds of people. Without Jesus’s idea of the salvation of the individual, Christianity would not exist. And without this Christian message, the ideas of freedom and liberty would not have spread throughout the world.
We shouldn’t let Christianity — and with it, all of western civilization, die. Two thousand years of development and tradition is too important to allow it to be killed by lethargy and acquiescence. The world community will go to extraordinary measures to save the culture of a remote society with less than 1000 people left, and yet we watch as that same world community revels in the death of one of the greatest cultures the world has ever known.
Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got ’till it’s gone.Big Yellow Taxi
Of course, anyone can easily point to heinous actions carried out in the name of Christianity and/or perpetrated by members of western civilizations; but what belief system or civilization can say otherwise? Even self-described Jains and Buddhists have done things that others will consider abhorrent. Are these people then not Jains or Buddhists? The difference between a belief system with a history of detestable acts and a detestable system of beliefs is simple: Did things get better? A valid belief system should be able to self-correct.
Also, this is not to say that other societies or beliefs are inherently bad, but attacks on Christianity happen on a daily basis — all in the name of “diversity.” But true diversity does not mean everyone has to be the same, but instead that everyone has the right to be different. It is the very non-compulsory nature of Christianity – with its focus on the individual – that separates it from other belief systems and allows the very attacks that will turn around and destroy those rights which most of us take for granted.
At the same time, we must see that Christianity — like any belief system — has evolved over time. Some will say that this is not true, that any so-called “evolution” is by definition a heresy. And yet a large proportion of today’s Christians are members of what was at some point called a heresy, a cult or, at best, a “protest religion” (protestant). Even Catholic and Orthodox doctrine (arguably the oldest forms of organized Christianity) have changed over the millennia.
Christians are often made the butt of jokes and held up for ridicule. At best, many people see us as “quaint.” However, I believe that this is because few people are taught the spiritual essence of Christian beliefs and are instead taught the “folk art” version. There is history in this: for centuries the majority of people were unschooled, and it takes a certain amount of schooling to understand abstractions. True, deep Christianity is filled with abstractions.
Christianity is worth saving. Let’s not wake up one day wondering why everything changed for the worse.
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