Silly Christian Comments – Part Two – Deeds not Creeds

9 12 2008

The original list did not include this silly comment, but having heard it in a recent podcast, I just had to make some comment of my own.  The idea that the Christian church and more specifically, individual Christians are defined by what they do rather than who they believe in can result in silly comment number two “Deeds not Creeds.”  Sounds nice doesn’t it?  Aren’t Christians to be mercyful, tenderhearted, and of service to God and others.  Does not Jesus talk about how we are to be of service to “the least of these” in Matthew 25?

Though it might sound good and noble, deeds without creeds lack proper motivation.  Why do we as Christians do the things we do?  It is not in order that we might save ourselves, for we are saved not by deeds but by the faith defined in the Ecumenical Creeds.  Rather it is the creeds themselves that motivate our deeds.  Coming to an understanding of our place in the universe is a humbling experience.  We are sinners deserving death, when instead we receice grace and new life in Christ.  Seeing that love expressed for us and for all humanity, we in turn are taught to express our own love for our fellow man, through deeds.  Thus we are motivated by creeds toward deeds.

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.  Ephesians 2:8-10



One response

26 09 2009

Deeds and not Creeds reminds me of the church of Thyatira in Rev 2:

18″To the angel of the church in Thyatira write:
These are the words of the Son of God, whose eyes are like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze. 19I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first. 20Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols. 21I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling. 22So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways.

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