Friday, August 28, 2009

Christianity: Performance vs Being

Christianity is not about performing, which I understand is the case for all other faiths. Instead it is about being - the new creation. The trouble is we cannot avoid the urge to perform, i.e., to do good works, carry out certain rituals, which may include pilgrimages etc.,

As for being, it is achieved by faith. The performance is the evidence of faith and not the reason for it.

You do not need to be a new being to perform, but a new being will have performance. As that newness grows and asserts itself with time and maturity, a greater performance is evidenced.

This makes Christianity very easy to fake as it is often easier to perform than to become. The new being demands crucifying self to the cross, which few are willing to do. God is gracious and will wait but clearly there is no point in waiting for everyone.

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