By N. T. Wright
From the writer of the acclaimed easily Christian and stunned through wish comes a booklet that addresses the query that has plagued people for centuries—what is our objective? As Christians, what are we to do with that ambiguous time among baptism and the funeral? it is easy to develop into preoccupied with who will get into heaven; the true problem is how we will reside within the the following and now. Wright dispels the typical false impression that Christian residing is not anything greater than a record of dos and don'ts. neither is it a prescription to "follow your center" at any place it may possibly lead. as an alternative, once you think unearths the Bible's demand a revolution—a transformation of personality that takes us past our earthly pursuit of cash, intercourse, and tool right into a virtuous nation of residing that enables us to mirror God and dwell extra worshipful, gratifying lives. we're all religious seekers, intuitively realizing there's extra to lifestyles than we suspect. this can be a ebook for a person who's hoping there's something extra whereas we are the following on the earth. there's. we're being known as to hitch the revolution, and Wright insightfully encourages readers to discover new function and readability through taking us on an eye-opening trip via key biblical passages that promise to considerably modify the paintings of the church and the course of our lives.
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Extra resources for After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters
THREE What am I here for? How do we know what’s right and wrong? These are questions every human being, and perhaps every human community, asks from time to time, at least by implication. But there is a third set of questions which also points toward the topic of this book, and which goes much wider, out beyond the confines of the church and into a very confused and scary world. Our world. In the summer of 2008, a volcano which had been rumbling away in the background suddenly erupted with horrific force.
At one level, I wouldn’t want to question that. But the really fascinating thing about the whole business is the way it spectacularly illustrates a vital truth—a truth which many today have either forgotten or never known in the first place. You could call it the power of right habits. You might say it was the result of many years of training and experience. You could call it “character,” as we have done so far in this book. Ancient writers had a word for it: virtue. ” The word has sometimes been flattened out like that (perhaps because we instinctively want to escape its challenge), but that isn’t its strict meaning.
Before we leave this powerful little story, notice how Mark in particular has framed it, hinting at its deeper meaning. It is part of a small set of scenes in the chapter we know as Mark 10, where Jesus is on the way to Jerusalem but hasn’t got there yet. In the first scene (verses 2–12) some teachers of the Law ask Jesus about the validity of divorce, which was a political hot potato at the time because the then ruler of Galilee, Herod Antipas, had married his brother’s wife. Jesus’s cryptic but demanding answer goes back to the original divine intention for male-female relationships.
After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters by N. T. Wright