In reading, I came across these four definitions:
If I have an “Idea” it means:
“ the criterion by which we establish the discrepancy Between what is, and what should be,” this we call the idea.
If it becomes an “Ideal”:
When we understand the idea to be a kind of critical principle, which subjects our actual existence to judgment, and when we accept it as a goal to be attained, so that it becomes an image of what we should be, then the idea becomes an ideal.
“the ideal is given concrete form… on top of this the hopeful thesis is maintained that our world is actually capable of reaching this state… we are therefore committed to ensure it’s realization.” We speak of this as utopia.
“an ideal that has become pragmatic.” “The ideal and utopia may not be revered at all because of their intrinsic value, and the binding truth they contain, but that men may see they are psychologically attractive and effective for mobilizing people, And then proceed to utilize them for their political potential… “in this case the result is an ideology.” all quotes from Helmut Thielicke, The Freedom of the Christian Man
Are any of these definitions describing the Christian life or worldview? No, because, ““The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed,” Luke 17:20 E.S.V. teaches this. The original Greek brings out, “Not by scrupulous inspection, or ocular evidence.”
We enter into Christianity “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, But according to his mercy, we are saved.” Titus 3:5. We do not enter into Christianity as an idea for betterment, An ideal to be attained to, Or an utopian dream of earthly perfection. We never use Christianity as an ideology. We never force Christianity on or impose it on any people. We simply introduce it through sharing it’s gospel or preaching. It is left up to a person’s choice, and never do we promise a utopia in this life. The Christians’ perfection will take place in a future life, although many of it’s benefits can be experienced now.
Why then are the false concepts important to understand?
They are important because, if embraced, they mutate Christianity from being a rescue out of deception, Into a thing to be worked towards or attained by determination. The whole of Christianity is to be received by simple faith. It is the work of another, the Christ; which He demonstrated to mankind in His voluntary dying and shedding of His blood. Never do we equate mere “goodness” as saving grace.
Consider the words of Jesus:
“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree brings forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Matthew 7:15-18
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven … And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Matthew 7:21,23
In closing, this week we Celebrate The death, burial, and resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ. His actions accomplished the only real remedy For mankind. He came to save his people from their sins, from ourselves, from the manipulative ideologies of wicked men, who may be sincere, but have no idea how destructive their ideas have become. Let us pray for their souls. Love ya