Recently I talked with a young man who said he wanted to ask me some questions. I am always pleased to deal with any questions people may have, especially questions that have to do with the soul. This young man asked me the following questions:
1.“Don’t you believe that God is concerned more with what is in one’s heart than He is with what one does?”
2.“Don’t you believe that so long as one is sincere, how he worships is relatively unimportant?”
3.“Don’t you believe that honesty, integrity, and good ethical living are more important to God than doctrines, worship styles, and patterns, which only serve to divide religious people?”
How would you have answered this young man? It was immediately obvious to me that this man possessed the typical post-modern mindset. Post-modern man believes that there are no absolute standards of right or wrong (except, of course, the absolute statement of post-moderns that there are no absolutes), that relativism (man’s thinking) is the basis of moral and religious judgments, and that God will accept whatever man accepts.
I disagree totally with this line of reasoning. In dealing with this young man, and others of his persuasion, I want to be gentle and kind, but at the same time I want to be firm in my conviction that one is on a slippery slope when he thinks for God.
First, God’s ways and thoughts are not our ways and thoughts (Isaiah 55:8,9).
Second, while God is concerned with what is in our<