This question can be answered in many ways because it depends on the context of the asking. For a doctor, it may be knowledge and rest. For an accountant, it may be diligence and integrity. For an athlete, it may be precision and endurance. For a professor, it may be expertise and passion. You get the point.
I would like to answer this question with a truth that transcends individual contexts and situations. A truth that is Truth no matter if one believes it or not. You guessed it, the Gospel. Paul writes, “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures…” 1 Corinthians 15.3-4.
The truth of the Gospel is objective. The Gospel affects everyone, whether someone believes it or not. If you believe the Gospel, and live according to the commands of God, you will be saved. If you disbelieve the Gospel, and live according to your rebellion, you will be judged and sent to hell. The truth of the Gospel is also subjective in the same respect. It is true no matter what you do with it.
But how do we know the Gospel is true? This question directly relates to my answer to the title of this blog post, “What is Most Important?” In my current context, and in Western church culture in general, the integrity of the Bible is most important.
I was thinking the other day about the issues in the church and why they are there. It seems to me that much division in the church is over particular issues, such as creation (six days or billions of years?), women in ministry (can they/should they preach?), homosexuality (is it a viable life option?) and so on. Dig deeper though, and the real issue lies with what we do with Scripture.
Throughout the next week or so I would like to post on the importance of the Bible and cover such things as the importance of personal devotion to reading it, the inspired nature of the Bible, the inerrancy of Scripture, and how our lives ought to be impacted by this True revelation from God we hold in our hands.
It is my belief, and many others as well, that the Word of God is true and authoritative for the life of a Christian…yes, even the hard parts. If we uphold the doctrine of the new heavens and the new earth, we must also uphold the doctrine of hell. But, we will discuss such things in the days to come. I hope you join me, converse (challenge if you feel so inclined) with me, and pray with me that as followers of Christ we hold to Scripture as tightly as Jesus himself did.