Recently I was asked the question, “If all the exterior rituals, denominational differences and cultural traditions were boiled away, what would be the true essence of Christianity?”
I gave that very worthy question the time and attention it deserved and I came to the conclusion that the essence of Christian is not its great architecture, music, universities, charities, and worthy luminaries…
Nor it’s great mysteries and miracles.
While all that is noteworthy and has added much to the richness of the human experience, that is not what the essence of Christianity is.
The essence of Christianity is that the pardon and forgiveness of every sin is purchased with the blood of Jesus Christ and his blood only.
Say what you will, this reveals two most-important things about God.
- First, he takes sin very seriously.
- Second, he undoubtedly loves sinners very much.
From my observations of the deeds and rhetoric of many who profess to be Christians, they do not share God’s abhorrence of sin or love for sinners.
But the founder of Christianity does and He put his life on the Cross to prove it.
Whether you embrace the Christian faith or not, please judge its merits on His deeds, not his often very misguided and imperfect followers.