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Questions about Christ alone.

Re Theology 101, December

I always enjoy the Presbyterian Record, many of the articles are beautifully balanced without compromising the truth. However, I was a little concerned when reading the article, "Christ Alone." I was expecting a strong affirmation of the basis of our faith, but the article left me confused. It seemed to imply there are multiple ways to fellowship with God. For instance: "Christ alone should not lead to smugness on our part, as if Christians of a certain sort have exclusive access to the mind of God."

I completely agree that we shouldn't be smug or arrogant, rather we should be completely humbled by the fact that Christians have exclusive access to the mind of God. Only Jesus Christ through his incarnation, suffering, death and resurrection has made it possible for us to enter into the holy of holies and have direct, one to one fellowship with God.

This is the basis of Christianity. Jesus said, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me." (John 14:6) To entertain other possibilities is not Christianity and definitely not the Reformed faith.

I'm hoping I have not misunderstood the article, especially since it was written by the principal of Knox College. If I have, I sincerely apologize.

I encourage us not to waiver from the foundational truths of Christianity and not be afraid to state these truths as clearly and as uncompromisingly as they are stated in the Bible.

KENT CORBETT, CAMPBELLVILLE, ONT.

Dr. Dorcas Gordon's perspective on "Christ Alone" was nothing short of awkward. The flaw in her argument is that she assumes universal truth changes, in different contexts. A Christian worldview suggests that Christ is the truth personified, the only way to God, and thus, Christ alone is Lord and King of his Church.

Sadly, the smugness Dr. Gordon refers to reflects people who embrace a healthy orthodoxy. It is not by smugness that we trust in the doctrine of Christ alone; it is with humble reverence that we can approach the God of this universe who revealed His mind to all people through the Holy Scriptures.

Dr. Gordon correctly notes that the religious climate in Canada is changing and we are beginning to see it in congregational life. We must also note that this is in a denomination that is on the decline. Within this denomination, 1 am not threatened to proclaim or examine the doctrine of Christ alone. But when the Presbyterian Church dies because Christ alone is replaced by contextual relevance, maybe some folks will be forced to admit that some truth is universal. God will still be God, Christ will still be the only way to the Father.

If all Christ alone means is living gospel values focused on love and acceptance, then we are also proclaiming righteousness through works. Christ alone means risking our lives under the blood of the one true lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. Without this truth, we have no hope to live by and no hope to offer.

DARREN MAY, STAYNER, ONI

I am trying to make sense of the December editorial as well as Dorcas Gordon's article. Mr. Harris states that she addresses certain questions, although it seems to me that she merely raises them. I am left wondering what the nature of this "deep and likely painful theological reflection" might be. Which "formularies" need to be rethought and why? And what will make this process so "painful"? It would be helpful to have an article addressing these questions.

JOHN VAUDRY, PEMBROKE, ONI

The "Christ Alone" doctrine is the backbone of Christianity and any attempts to expand or alter this is suspect. Jesus said he was the only way to "come to the Father." If Christians cave in to arguments from others who have different belief systems in the name of religious plurality, then the truth is not being told.

If Rev. Dr. Gordon actually believes there is another way to have a full relationship with God then I am concerned. She says the "Christ alone" belief leads to smugness because Christians believe they are the only ones with access to God. She is confusing "smugness" with confidence in the truth given by the Holy Spirit who resides in all believers.

Non-Christians may have a "relationship" with God but it is temporary and will riot be fulfilled. Jesus is at the centre of the one and only lasting relationship with our Creator.

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