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Three Laws Saved

2010-10-02

If you’re familiar with the science fiction movie I, Robot or with writer Isaac Asimov, you know about the Three Laws of Robotics. In the movie there is a slogan about the newest line of human-like robots being “Three Laws Safe”, meaning humans could completely trust them.

But I think Christianity could use a “three laws” kind of thing, as an alternative to the pedantic complexity that confuses some people, makes others conceited, and is largely ignored by most. The “deep things of God” (1 Cor. 2:10) are a vast treasure trove of knowledge, but not everyone is interested in going there. They just want to live.

So I came up with this as a first draft and would be interested in any feedback:

Law One

A Christian must believe that Jesus, the embodiment of the one and only God, died to reconcile mankind to God and rose physically from the dead.

Law Two

A Christian must live to please God above all: by avoiding anything God has called ’sin’, by adopting an attitude of humility and service toward others, their property, and the natural world, and by taking reasonable care of all of those as s/he is able.

Law Three

A Christian is free to act and believe as s/he chooses, provided such actions and beliefs do not conflict with, add to, or subtract from the First or Second Law.

Basically, the first law means you can’t add Jesus to an existing religion or subtract belief in His death and resurrection. The second means no “lording over” or poor stewardship. The third means no micromanagement. What do you think?

7 Comments

Deb Hurn

3 laws? Jesus only gave 2.

Love God, love your neighbour.

...and there is another 2 part maxim...

"And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe 1. that he exists and 2. that he rewards those who seek him." (Heb 11:6)

Not a lot (or anything) is said in these essences about what we believe of the name or nature of God. Both quotes quietly imply that God is good, and one quote implies that s/he is engaged and interactive with us (in rewarding us for engaging with her/him).

If you think about it, actually having faith that God exists is a huge thing, and cannot be just assumed for anyone. It is probably normal to re-examine our convictions daily.

That’s one big thing. The other big thing is faith that this God not only exists but is active and available to us in every part of our lives. With faith like this, what ever else we may understand God to be is rather incidental... opinion, conviction.

A God that can give just 2 laws, "Love me, Love everyone" is a remarkable, profound God with tremendous depths to explore.

Paula Fether

To clarify, "laws" as I’m using it here is just a tie-in to the "three laws of robotics". They are axioms or rules of thumb, not divine laws. My intent was to contrast this with the complexity that has become traditional Christianity. ;-)

People tend to take the word "love" any way they choose, so it helps to be specific on what that means. Some say that loving our neighbor means never calling anything sin, but that means not loving God, who we must love more than anyone else. It also means Forsaking All Others; we can’t add Jesus to any other faith, as if we can have Jesus "icing" on other religions’ "cake".

Yes, we must love God and people-- by being faithful to the one true God alone and caring enough about the lost to present this "narrow way" to them.

Teamgold1

Hi ST, What I meant to say was that Paul states that we too can experience the fullness of God (Eph 3:19) as well as experiencing a similar resurrection.

SaberTruth

Hi Mark, check out my old post here on this very question of whether Jesus claimed to be God. In my Reconciled book (see sidebar for my books site) I also explain why only someone who was both God and man could possibly save us; that is, if Jesus was not fully God, He could not represent both parties in the "dispute". And in the thinking of the time, the one sent was considered equal to the sender, not less as we think today. Specificially to your interpretation of Col. 2:9, there is a great difference between being filled with the Holy Spirit and being God in bodily form. The Greek Orthodox believe otherwise, but I’ve got some articles about that too.

Mark G.

Hi ST, I believe Jesus was The Anointed of God and that God was in Jesus; not that Jesus was God. In Col 2:9, I believe Paul is speaking of the risen Jesus in his glorified state. When Jesus was bodily swallowed up in Spirit in his resurrection. Paul says that we too will realize something similar at our resurrection in Eph 3:19, "that ye may be filled--to all the fulness of God."

Mark G.

Um...I guess that I personally would change #1 to read something like:...Jesus is the manifestation of the one true God. I don’t believe that Jesus IS God, but can be called "God", as he is ’as God’ to us.

SaberTruth

Can you elaborate? When scripture says "all the fullness of the deity lives in him" etc., it isn’t saying there is only one Person in the Trinity but that Jesus is the only one to take on physical form and actually become human as well as divine.