What is the faith? What do you believe? What do I believe? What does the Bible say? In today’s world, with all the relativism that exists, it can even be hard for Christians to agree on the same core concepts of Christianity. And that is why Chuck Colson wrote this book, to lay out the core beliefs that define Christianity. And that can be a minefield these days. But one quote from the book I really liked was developed by the “Evangelicals and Catholics Together” group. It goes like this: “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; and in all things, charity” (Colson, 2008, p. 143). I really like this quote. In the past, I’ve taken Catholics to task for a number of their doctrines, but I realize that was wrong. Rather than disagree with them, I should have discussed, and agreed that most of the differences between us are minor.

Christians are told to love one another, but so many of us (myself included at times) focus on the differences, and in the end not only create ill-will among Christians, but fail at showing the love of Christ to non-believers. But how many of us who disagree with others about a fundamental belief of the faith, have really researched it and considered the different sides? God has made me much more open to listening to differences of opinions lately.

I do hold a strong belief in the orthodox tenets of Christianity; a triune God, substitutionary atonement, the virgin birth of Christ, the resurrection of Christ, salvation by faith alone, sanctity of life, etc. If you’ve ever felt weak on some of these, I’d suggest you grab this book. Chuck does a great job of articulating the core Christian beliefs.

I like the way that Chuck describes the entirety of the faith.

Christians must see that the faith is more than a religion or even a relationship with Jesus; the faith is a complete view of the world and humankind’s place in it. Christianity is a worldview that speaks to every area of life, and its foundational doctrines define its content. If we don’t know what we believe – even what Christianity is – how can we live it and defend it? Our ignorance is crippling us” (Colson, 2008, p. 28).

This is a hard concept for a person raised in modernity, where Sunday is different than Monday through Friday, but I’m getting there.

— Colson, Charles. (2008). The Faith: What Christians Believe, Why They Believe It, and Why It Matters. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

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