January 2, 2016 (Timu):
A couple of nights ago I was praying for G.D. who is having health problems, that by some means he would come to a saving knowledge of God. I forgot exactly what heretical thing I said, but Amber looked up at me in surprise….
But it has stayed with me. The question is: can someone be saved (whatever that means) without ‘becoming a Christian’ or ‘putting faith in Jesus Christ’?
It seems the answer could be both ‘yes’ and ‘no’. NO in that the Christ of Christianity is always the true savior of souls, and YES in that the truth expressed in Christian language should always be translatable into other languages. By Christian ‘language’ I mean not only the biblical languages of Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek but also its cultural systems and philosophical frameworks – all the cognitive-semiotic content expressed in the Bible and Church. This, such that even if a post-Christian atheist like R.D. or G.D. could never accept belief in Christ in religious language, could they not come more easily to accept the same truth expressed in newer semiotic systems?
Seen this way, the so-called ‘post-Christianity’ of the West is not really a regression. Instead, it is the condition for a positive progression. Europe is being primed not just for neo-paganism but also a neo-Christianity expressed and proselytized in philosophical and cultural ‘languages’ that are instantly recognizable and respected by the educated peoples of the West.
The great Christian heritage IS NOT LOST. It simply needs to be translated into new idioms, into idioms spoken by modern westerners [and others worldwide]. It needs to embrace philosophical evolutionism, modern cosmology, neuroscience, depth psychology, Big History, rational mysticism – in principle, EVERY field of knowledge acquisition and truth integration.
In that context, then, what is the meaning of such ponderous things as the birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus of Nazareth?
What is our response?
What is our faith?