‘What is different about your faith?’

This was the question I received today from someone hostile, as far as I can tell, to all forms of faith in God. Here is what I answered:

Fair question. I don’t know if you’re asking what’s different about it from other Christian faiths, or from religion in general, or from non-faith, but here goes. In a nutshell, it is:

  • a faith of unity. God is one, and there is one path to him, Jesus the Christ, Acts 4.12.
  • a faith of simplicity. Jesus is Lord, and he determines what is best, so we don’t go inventing stuff, Philippians 2.10-11.
  • a faith of freedom. God’s Spirit frees us from ourselves and empowers us for service, Romans 8.2.
  • a faith of joy. God’s gifts are beyond anything we can produce so that we live in gratitude, Romans 5.11.
  • a faith of love. God’s people are true family, not an institution, denomination, or hierarchy, Ephesians 5.1-2.
  • a faith of purpose. God gives us reason for living that surpasses time and space, 2 Timothy 1.9-10.
  • a faith of hope. Despair is put to flight because God holds the future and promises better things at Christ’s return, 1 Peter 1.13.

I pray this may always and everywhere be true of us as God’s people.

How would you answer this person?


J. Randal Matheny

Be pithy.

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