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“Christianity is a crutch for the weak.”
Is it not possible that one could be deceived into thinking that one is not weak?
A crutch is to help the crippled, the sick.
Is it not possible that one could be deceived into thinking that one is not sick?
The Bible considers all human beings sick and weak by default. Sounds harsh, no? [ref]
To illustrate this simply:
“Do you think you are perfect?”
“Have you always been perfect?”
The bible calls imperfection “sin,” the big bad taboo word.
The most straight forward translation is “missing the mark,” hence, imperfection. [ref]
Try this, “Can you be perfect if you want to be?”
If to be “healthy”/”not crippled” is to be perfect, you might just need a doctor. [ref]
Who says to be “healthy”/”not crippled” = to be perfect?
Jesus Christ did. [ref]
Who else should you trust to draw the line between good enough and not good enough? [ref]
Forgive me for asking, but we must test your qualification for such a task…
How many times have you been deceived?
How many times have you been wrong? Been unfair?
How many times have you been wrong, and not known it until too late?
“The feeble-minded believe what they want to believe.”
So do you.
You want to believe that
… your destiny is in your own hand, despite glaring evidence to the contrary.
… the solution is hard-work / self-discipline / education / money / love: the modern idols.
To summarise, you want to believe you can save yourself, that you are your own saviour.
Again I ask, “How many times have you been wrong?”
“I want atheism to be true and am made uneasy by the fact that some of the most intelligent and well-informed people I know are religious believers. It isn’t just that I don’t believe in God and naturally hope that I’m right in my belief. It’s that I hope that there is no God! I don’t want there to be a God; I don’t want the universe to be like that.”
Thomas Nagel in Nagel, T (1997) The Last Word. Oxford University Press.
To be fair, Nagel did say this feeling was an “irrational fear” within the same page.
I am certain it is a stereotype when people say that “Christians just want to believe that there is a big nice powerful being in charge”.
Why am I so certain? Because I didn’t want to believe it.
I had to wrestle with the Bible, and decide between accepting what I want to believe (I can change my own fate), or accepting what God said about Himself.
I, by God’s grace, changed my mind to conform to what He declared to be true about Himself.
Perhaps the question is not, whether Jesus offered a crutch;
Perhaps the question is, why are you so certain you don’t need one.
The truth is, Jesus never offered a crutch. He offered Himself [ref], on the cross [ref] and out of the empty tomb [ref]—which heals us of the sicknesses and weaknesses that we had failed to see [ref].
Following Christ is not a ride to higher self-esteem or a retirement-plan for eternity. It is the gift of sight to see our sickness and weakness [ref], and take advantage of the fully paid treatment for it [ref].
The cross offers an exchange: He willingly [ref] attributes to us His perfection/health that we fail to attain [ref], and we attribute to Him our sicknesses and weaknesses, so we can be in relationship with Him [ref].
1 Peter 2:24-25, ESV
“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.”
Further reading: Isaiah 53
Written 700 years before Jesus’ birth, prophesying on His sacrifice.
This is what the book of Matthew quoted to indicate that Jesus is the Messiah. [ref]
Who has believed what he has heard from us?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
For he grew up before him like a young plant,
and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
and no beauty that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by men;
a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
yet he opened not his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
so he opened not his mouth.
By oppression and judgment he was taken away;
and as for his generation, who considered
that he was cut off out of the land of the living,
stricken for the transgression of my people?
And they made his grave with the wicked
and with a rich man in his death,
although he had done no violence,
and there was no deceit in his mouth.
Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him;
he has put him to grief;
when his soul makes an offering for guilt,
he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;
the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.
Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied;
by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,
make many to be accounted righteous,
and he shall bear their iniquities.
Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many,
and he shall divide the spoil with the strong,
because he poured out his soul to death
and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many,
and makes intercession for the transgressors.
(Isaiah 53, ESV)