Jesus, the Only Way to God: Must You Hear the Gospel to be Saved? by John Piper
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Love seems to be quite the unusual issue for debate. However, it seems to be the core issue of so much of how we treat theological issues. From Rob Bell’s Love Wins to evangelistic methods of Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron, the way we are called to love one another as Christians has many manifestations and implications.
In his book Jesus: The Only Way to God, John Piper begins with this assumption: we must define the way we love as Christians by how the Bible defines it. Afterall, if we are to believe that “God is love,” it would stand to reason that the testimony of Scripture would tell us how God’s actions spell out that love to the world.
In modern, mainline, American Christianity, the concept of purpose seems to have become synonymous with a fulfilling life in Christ. No doubt it feels really good to think that, in the words of Rick Warren, “[I am] not an accident and [I] matter to history and to the universe.” But when I stand outside at night and I look up at the clear sky and see the thousands of stars that I am capable of seeing with my naked eyes, I have to wonder if we are just deluding ourselves thinking that way.
Inspired by an earlier conversation, here are two opposing views on the subject of “purpose.”