EDITORIAL COMMENT

April, 2018

Political Correctness Flunks the Test

It is clear that over recent years our English language has undergone some major changes.  Grass is no longer only that green stuff in our yard that we have to mow in 100-degree temperatures.  A mouse is no longer only a little rodent which we try to exterminate from our dwellings.  And crack is not just a jagged line that moves across the windshield or separates our wall after an earthquake.  In recent years we have also added the necessity to be "politically correct."  Actually, politically correct requirements have gone from the sublime to the ridiculous.  Sometimes it even defies all rationale.

For instance: not only are we reqired to use racially correct language, bully free language, correct language for each level of society, educationally correct language, even "truth" cannot be spoken of as truth.  But the weirdest of all is the now required religiously politically correct language.

It is now improper to suggest to someone else that what you believe religiously is truth.  It may be truth to you, but not to anyone else.  My right and wrong may be different than your right and wrong.  So, do not judge the truth of someone else.  All religions are good and all lead to the same place if you are sincere.  To dispute that statement is to be intolerant and bigoted.  All gods are essentially the same and are all working toward the same end.  No religion is wrong!

Look at how idiotic that sounds!  There are some religions which teach there is one god; some believe in multiple gods; and some conclude that there is no god.  Think about that!  If there is only one god then those who believe in multiple gods or no god at all are wrong - period!  If there are many gods, then those who believe in no god, or only one god are wrong - period.  If there is no god, then those who believe in only one god or in multiple gods are wrong - there can be no other logical conclusion.  They can't all be right; some must be wrong.  Yet, political correctness tells us that they are all right and all lead to the same end; an eternity in some state or other, or total annihilation.

Something over fifty years ago, a great congress was held in England.  Representatives for virtually all of the religions of the world were invited to attend.  The purpose was to see what things they had in common - the things on which they might agree and be able to cooperate.  Near the end of the conference, and for reasons unknown, the discussion turned to what makes Christianity different from others.  After much talk, the representatives could not find much that was different about Christianity than any of the other religions of the world.  About this time the great Christian philosopher (and former atheist) C. S. Lewis walked into the room.  They put the question to him.  They asked him the question: "What makes Christianity different from all of the other religions of the world?"  He said that there were three things which make Christianiy, not only different, but superior to all others (not a politically correct answer).

The first reason C. S. Lewis gave as to why Christianity was superior to all others is a Person - Jesus Christ.  God had come to earth in the form of a human being.  His answer was rebutted by those who said that might be true of most religions, but there are some religions that worship gods who claim to have become human.

The second reason Lewis set before the group was "the empty tomb."  That is substantiated not only in the Scriptures by the witness of well over 500 people, but it is also recorded in secular history of the time.  Again, the representatives of the other religions countered that there are several religions in the world which claim "reincarnations."

The third reason the great author and debater put forth as to Christianity's superiority was God's plan of redemption.  At this point Lewis made a distinction between much of organized Christianity and true biblical Christianity.  He began by describing the way to the final end in the world's religions:
1. In many of the far eastern religions (6 or more; including Buddhism and Hinduism) one seeks to reach a state of final Nirvana - described as achieving emptiness or nothingness, where there is no essence of fundamental nature in anything, and everything is empty.  You reach that by using each of your rebirths (incarnations and reincarnations) in differing forms to better yourself, until you become so good that you simply become one with nature and cease to exist as an individual.  That simply means that eah individual must become their own savior.
2. In many other religions the way to reach eternal salvation (whatever that might mean in each religion) is to complete all the requirements delineated by each religion; live a good life; and at the end your good and bad deeds are weigned.  If the balance tips toward the bad, you don't make it.  If it tips toward the good, you might make it - no assurance.  That would include the religions of Islam, Judaism and a large percentage of Christianity, as well as others.  Again, that means each individual follower must be their own savior.  Their eternity depends on how they live their own lives.
3. Then there are the atheists and agnostics who believe there is no god, or who don't know if there is a god.  They appoint themselves as their own god and make their own rules which have no basis in anything.
After stating the basis behind each of the religions, Lewis went on to say that it is exactly this which makes true, biblical Christianity different than any of the religions of the world.  In the Bible we discover that God is holy and cannot permit anything into His presence which is less than His own holiness.  We also discover that all of mankind has fallen short of God's holiness and therefore can never enter God's presence and live.  But because of His love for us; God became human, in the form of Jesus; Who then shed His own infinite/eternal blood to pay the price required to eradicate our sin.

To receive God's salvation, one does not jump through a bunch of religious hoops.  One needs only to receive what God has already done and turn his or her life over to Jesus as Master.  The Bible says that person is made "a new creation" (II Corinthians 5:17).  When that happens, the individual is made spiritually alive, and can now speak directly to God through Jesus, and receive communication back from God through His Word - the Bible.  There is a new personal relationship with God in the here and now; and the absolute promise of an eternity with the One who saved them from eteernal judgment.

The true follower of Jesus Christ realizes the absolute impossibility of doing anything to gain their own salvation.  Instead, they put their faith and trust in Jesus, the God/Man, Who is their Savior.  And there you have the big difference.  In all religions of the world, the followers of those religions have to be their own saviors.  In true biblical Christianity, God provided a Savior, because it is impossible for anyone to be good enough to please Him.

So, if all of the above is true, political correctness is an attempt to suppress truth.  Oh, I forgot.  There is no absolute truth - there is no absolute right and wrong.  There is only what is right and wrong to each of us individually.  Again, that doesn't work in any area of life except morality and religion!  Oops!
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