Feasting on the Religious Buffet

A Faith Manifesto by Peter DeHaanThe Western World, especially the United States, is largely an individualistic, narcissistic society.

In applying this mindset to religious matters, the hip thing is to likewise seek spirituality in an individualistic, narcissistic manner. We pursue the formation of our religious convictions as if we were at a buffet. We pick a little bit of one thing, try a tad of something else, combine two things that were never intended to go together, and so on.

The result is that we end up creating a God that is who we want him to be. We effectively make God into our image. We dumb down the divine. This is not wise and just because we may feel justified in the process, it does not render the results as right or worthy.

In college, I learned that there are two theories for how electricity moves through a conductor. (If you care, they are electron theory and hole theory — and they move in opposite directions.) Each has its relative merits in aiding in the understanding of all things electric, but mixing the two together only results in confusion and consternation. They are mutually exclusive; when combined, the results are untenable.

It matters not if we are talking about electricity or spiritually. Attempting to abide in a religious amalgamation is likewise untenable. We need to pick one thing and go with it, fully and without reservation. For me, it is the God who is revealed in the Bible. Adding anything to that is only a distraction.

[Read more about this in Peter DeHaan’s e-book A Faith Manifesto: A Christian Perspective on Unity and Acceptance.]

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