One of the influences of post-liberal theology is that Christianity can exist apart from any acceptance of objective truths which are anchored in history. This approach views the writings in the Bible as merely portraying a framework for living and are not necessarily based on true propositions or revelation. They simply seek to establish a functional worldview based on the biblical narrative or grand narrative. They are not interested in the actual facts of Christianity but in the impact that it can have as a worldview or a way of living. They are nothing but a potential guideline for living.
Maybe this is why some make statements like “I tried Christianity but it didn’t work for me.” I never really understood such a statement until I came to understand this approach known as religious non-realism. If one is looking for a worldview that works for them, then I guess truth really has nothing to do with it. The only thing that matters is whether the belief system is providing some value or benefit to the individual.
But I can’t live like that, and truth be told, neither can they. We may have designer clothes, designer dogs and designer diets but this approach just doesn’t work when it comes to religion. How can anyone just choose to follow a worldview which helps get them through the day without knowing that there is sufficient reasons to accept that particular worldview? And when it comes to religion, that goes way beyond the ‘making it through the day’ and stretches into discussions of the big ideas of life such as origin, purpose, morality, and destiny.
I don’t need feel good stories. I need truth. And I need a truth that corresponds with the world I see around me and makes the most sense concerning the mess this world is in as well. I look at the Christian message and I see real stories that speak of real truth. The Bible isn’t a book of fairy tales wherein we try to ascertain the life lesson alluded to in the story. It tells of a real God who sent His very real Son to die on a very real cross for the very real sins of very real people. Real sin, real sacrifice, real hope. Before any true transformation can take place, we have to face the truth of who we really are and what we really need.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”- John 10:10
Who is the thief and who is the true hope for a full life both now and to come?