It’s human nature to be afraid of the dark. It isolates us and hides reality. But in the presence of light, darkness is nothing. Christmas is the story of God shining his light in the darkness of the world to end our isolation and give our lives true purpose.
There is a darkness in the world that we seem powerless to remove. Almost all belief systems offer a solution to this darkness. Christmas, however, is God’s unique and lasting answer to the darkness in the world and the darkness we find in ourselves.
What’s the difference between Christianity and other religions? How do you know which one is RIGHT? It’d be easy if we could just say they all are. But… the problem is all faiths can’t be true without fundamentally changing what they are. So what do we do with this? There are REAL differences, and that can be hard to talk about without making someone feel ‘wrong’ or insulted. So as we explore this question of differences… let’s keep this in mind. Disagreement is not the same as hate or intolerance.
As you listen or watch, know this too: this is meant to be a start to a bigger conversation. And that means you’re with us in it, we hope. And, it doesn’t stop here! Take it further by sending us your comments & questions (email@example.com), use those study questions, and listen to all of the messages in this series.
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SIN. Yeah, we went there. It’s not a fun word is it? Why? Probably because it’s a weird religious word that usually brings up three responses… a. don’t care; b. anger; c. shame. Or, maybe a mix. However we respond to the word… we usually can go on to say that, if there is a God, he definitely does not accept sinners. We’re here to tell you why you’re misinformed, and that Jesus’ acceptance is appallingly offensive because it is unbelievably inclusive. Listen or watch to find out what we mean.