I was just watching an interview on YouTube of Alister McGrath. The host asked him, "Can you be a Christian and believe in evolution?" McGrath, himself an evolutionist, answered, "Yes." That struck a chord with me and set me to thinking. Is Christianity a buffet of belief choices? Is it really some sort of spiritual Wal-Mart where we can browse and choose what we like before having to "buy" it? Do our beliefs (what we believe) and our actions (what we do) matter to God? If they do matter to God, then it goes without saying that we should seek hard to find out what He thinks on a subject and then agree with Him.
John Wimber once said, "If I'm going to call myself a Christian, then I must believe what Jesus believes and do what Jesus does." Now, I understand that there are those topics that some would call "gray areas" where believers have different convictions. Christianity certainly allows for that - on non-essentials (See Romans 14 - 15). However, using the creation/evolution question as an example, if the Scriptures (which have largely been believed by Christians throughout Church history to the inspired and infallible word of God) say that God created the world by simply speaking it into existence, shouldn't I simply take it at that? If God said it clearly, should I debate it (I'm referring to any area that He speaks on)?
When I look back over my 30 years as a Christian, I have come to believe in the ongoing process of conversion. By that, I mean that there are things that I believe today that I didn't 10 or 20 years ago. But, if I were to describe as simply as possible the conversion process, I would have to say that it's a choosing to agree with God. And as I move along with Him, He is faithful to reveal new areas where I have disagreed with Him. When He does, I lay down what I think and believe about the particular issue and I agree with Him on it. And from that point on, I own what He says as my belief and conviction. All of this, however, takes place within the context of a love story, a love relationship of epic stature.What are your thoughts? How would you describe Christianity? Does it matter what we believe? Does it matter if my beliefs differ from those of Jesus?