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Catechized: Confessions and Reflections (2)

Q. 2. What rule hath God given to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him?
A. The Word of God, which is contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him.

There are a lot of ideas floating around our culture, and a lot of ideas about those ideas, and ideas about whether even having ideas is a good idea, and whether anyone’s idea can be called any kind of idea, good or bad, and even whether ideas like good and bad are a useful idea.  And so on.  It’s enough to make your head spin, Exorcist-style.

Here’s the thing, though.  You can have all sorts of ideas, and all sorts of discussions about those ideas.

But at the end of the day, you have to actually start somewhere, within the realm of reality, and do something.  You are going to live your life, and you are going to live it according to the principles you think are the right ones to live by.  Even if your guiding principle is that there are no (other, at least) principles, you have to live by principles.  Something is true, and your belief in its truthfulness is expressed when you do anything: when you shop, when you eat, when you work, when you play, etc.

A Christian is a person who follows Christ, by definition, and following Christ (also by definition) means following his words, his commands.  Christ Himself told His original 12 disciples – and by extension us, His modern ones, if indeed such we claim to be – that if we love Him, we will obey Him.

His words, taken collectively throughout much of the course of human history, we call the Bible.  It tells His story, which means it must be an integral part of our story, as well.


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