Summary: It is imperative for Christians to clearly understand Biblical Christianity as well as have a basic understanding of other religions so we can communicate Christianity clearly and to do so within a Biblical framework of thinking.
Faithology - Biblical Christianity
Good morning, I am glad that you are here this morning.
Today we are starting a new series called Faithology.
If you have never heard that word before, it is because it is just made up, but it does have real meaning.
I have combined the word “Faith” - a term that refers to a confident belief in a transcendent reality… or a Supreme Being.
Wikipedia – accessed 3/30/2010 at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faith
with -ology – from the Greek word meaning “the study of”
To come up with Faithology – the study of belief’s that people have in regard to a transcendent reality or a Supreme Being.
Now, I preached a series like this about 6 years ago, but after some recent events and conversations, I thought it is important to readdress some of these topics.
I believe it is necessary that we, I am speaking to the Christians out here today, that we not only have a deep understanding of our own faith, but that we have some basic knowledge of other faiths as well.
I believe this is important for us to understand because our society is becoming increasingly pluralistic. Now whether you think that is good or bad is irrelevant. The fact of the matter is that it is, and it is going to become increasingly more so in the coming years.
And so we have to understand the differences so we can better communicate the gospel to those of differing faiths, because if we don’t understand these differences ourselves, it could lead to some serious misunderstandings and could have eternal consequences.
Professor at Wheaton
Recently there was a professor at Wheaton College who was suspended, and this week the college was moving forward in terminating her employment, for some views she had expressed. There had been some misrepresentations and confusion in the media initially for the reason why she was suspended.
You see during Advent she had started wearing a hijab – a head scarf common for those of the Muslim faith.
She was wearing it as USA Today reported, as “part of her personal effort to show solidarity with Muslims, who have faced backlash in the aftermath of recent mass shootings in San Bernardino, Calif. and Paris. ”(http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/12/16/professor-suspended-after-saying-christians-muslims-have-same-god/77418168/?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=usatoday-newstopstories)
Now, whether you agree with her stance or not, it is not a bad thing to stand with those who are oppressed or facing difficulties for who they are or for being associated with others and wearing a headscarf is not the reason the college suspended her and is moving to terminate her employment.
The reason she was suspended from teaching at Wheaton, a private and distinctively Christian college, was what she said in a post on her Facebook page. She posted on December 10th 2015, why she was wearing a headscarf and she said,
“I stand in religious solidarity with Muslims because they, like me, a Christian, are people of the book. And as Pope Francis stated last week, we worship the same God.” (https://www.facebook.com/larycia)