The Totality of What Is

I have tried in many ways to say what Schaeffer here elucidates clearly:

download“Many Christians do not mean what I mean when I say Christianity is true, or Truth. They are Christians and they believe in, let us say, the truth of creation, the truth of the virgin birth, the truth of Christ’s miracles, Christ’s substitutionary death, and His coming again. But they stop there with these and other individual truths.

“When I say Christianity is true I mean it is true to total reality—the total of what is, beginning with the central reality, the objective existence of the personal-infinite God. Christianity is not just a series of truths but Truth — Truth about all of reality. And the holding to that Truth intellectually — and then in some poor way living upon that Truth, the Truth of what is — brings forth not only certain personal results, but also governmental and legal results.”

Christian Manifesto

I do not believe merely the bits of Christianity, true though they be. Nor do I believe them as true bits of information. I do not even admit to believing it as though it were dependent upon my acknowledgement for existence. Christianity is objective reality, the totality of what is. This is the case whether for God, origins, gender, meaning, sin, salvation, heaven, time, rationality, law, justice. It is the case for everything from the highest metaphysics to rearing children, from quasars to evangelism. Christianity is objective reality, the totality of what is.

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