Putting Our Eggs in the Wrong Baskets

I write this post simply to state that a lot of us, as Christians, misguidedly place all of our eggs into the wrong basket. And, if someone has all of their eggs in a basket that fails, then the result is often times a very damaged, or even abandoned, faith.

For instance, a person can place all of their eggs into a particular view of creation (you can take your choice between Young Earth, Old Earth, Intelligent Design, Theistic Evolution, or something else). If that view comes under attack and the holder of the position does not feel it can be adequately defended, a domino effect can take place in that person’s spiritual life that can lead to the ultimate demise of his or her religious belief.

It is important to note that the Christian faith stands or falls primarily on the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Paul, himself, says as much. Outside of this, there is plenty of room for argument and discussion, but if you are going to put all your theological eggs into one basket, then this would be it. After all, the resurrection has several vital doctrines connected to it.

So, why am I spending these few moments to write this very brief post? The answer is simple. Many people will where themselves out battling over some obscure piece of turf that should have never become as important as they made it out to be. It would be like the United States being defeated as a nation, and surrendering unconditionally, in a battle in Greenland – no offense to the good people of Greenland.

Now, let me wrap this up with a note of clarification: the various doctrines we hold are important (even the ones we disagree on), and there are many things worth fighting for (even Greenland). But, it is my prayer that we don’t get so consumed by items on the margins that we lose sight of the most central component of the faith: the resurrection.

3 thoughts on “Putting Our Eggs in the Wrong Baskets

  1. Steven Hoyt

    Paul says as much? Paul is the only one who did. wrong basket. for the gospel writers, it was a birth, or a baptism, or many other things. there is no central imperative to christianity but to be like christ and trust all the rest is sorted out.

    you may enjoy schillebeeckx’ “jesus: an experiment in christology”.

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    1. TheRemonstrant Post author

      I am not huge on replying, as I typically enjoy making a post and then walking away until the next week to write something else. However, I did feel it necessary to respond in case the post was not clear. I did not mention anything about imperatives, but the resurrection. Each gospel spends a greater percentage of its space on on the Passion Week than on any other topic. The birth of Christ is only spoken of in two of the gospels and the amount of ink used on the baptism of Christ pales in comparison with that of the resurrection accounts. I agree that we should strive to be like Christ, but that is an imperative, and the post was not about imperatives. If anything, it is about doctrine. Many blessings, and thanks for stopping by!

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      1. Steven Hoyt

        with the exception of john’s gospel, the majority of the synoptics are about the life of christ, not his death nor resurrection; version one of mark being without resurrection commentary altogether. it seems for you, what matters and is undebatable is the belief jesus rose from the dead, all else may be however.

        i appreciate you responding when you normally don’t, and may the christ we share however we understand him leave us both “pregnant with expectation” in how he’s to fit in our lives and how we find ours in his.

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