“Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
What do the people of today say Christ is? Answers are varied, as varied as there are points of view. A good number still do call him The Christ, Son of the Living God; but not all with equal conviction and faith. An increasing majority in the world now see religion as a narcotic-induced delirium. They prefer worship before the image of the golden calf, “Secularism”. Their house is built on the shifting sands of “Morality”. Values and codes become as changeable as the fashions of the day. Today it is “Political Correctness”. Tomorrow? It may be all brought on its head by a new invention, or feeling, rendering this “correctness” redundant. How many of us, living to a good age, have seen ethical standards shift under the continuum of change.
Not that I have any difficulty with “Change”. Like Tennyson, I believe, “the old order changeth; yielding place to new. And God fulfils Himself in many ways, lest one good custom should corrupt the world.” I believe that Jesus came to bring freedom and change to the world. His mission has renewed the face of the earth! Why do we find one form of change rejuvenating and acceptable, while we criticise others? Mainly because of our human nature; we all need recognition of our individual points of view. At a deeper level, all objects are inherently dualistic. They carry within themselves contradictions, opposing poles, “ Yin and Yang”. Opinions and cultural beliefs are conditioned by the primacy of dominant social factors. If I say I do not like some manifestations in “Society”, it is because I come from a background that upholds values and moral attitudes of a particular religious consciousness. I do not judge Secular positions; but I hate interferences into what I hold most dear and are the sustenance of my life. We are all God’s people on a journey together. Respect for others would be mutually ennobling, and the world in all its diversity, could continue to unfold in the magnificence and glory of its Creator .