Explore God: Is Christianity Too Narrow? – October 9, 2015
Genesis 12:1, The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. 2“I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
2 Chronicles 16:9, For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him…
Revelation 5:9, And they sang a new song, saying: “…with Your blood You purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation…”
Psalm 103:8, The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. 9He will not always accuse, nor will He harbor His anger forever; 10He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. 11For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him; 12as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
Last Sunday, I preached a message entitled “Is Christianity Too Narrow?” That question is one that’s often leveled against Christians. It is actually a simple question to answer because all you have to do is go back to the first book of the Bible and look at Genesis 12. In that passage, God tells Abram, “…all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” That doesn’t sound too narrow. In Psalm 103, David wrote, “The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love…He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.” That doesn’t sound too narrow either. Then in 2 Chronicles 16:9, it says, “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him…” That doesn’t sound too narrow.
So, is Christianity too narrow? No, not at all! The real question is this, are you too narrow for Christianity? Too many people have closed their minds to church and Christ, which sounds narrow to me. Join me this Sunday as I answer answer this question: “Is Jesus Really God?”
Have a blessed weekend; I hope to see you Sunday!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D