If Christians make the assertion that their faith is longer about morality – does this mean they think God is dead?
“The death of God is a way of saying that humans are no longer able to believe in any such cosmic order since they themselves no longer recognize it. The death of God will lead, Nietzsche says, not only to the rejection of a belief of cosmic or physical order but also to a rejection of absolute values themselves — to the rejection of belief in an objective and universal moral law, binding upon all individuals” (God is Dead – Wikipedia)
I have been thinking about this for some time since I have heard some Christians murmur in this regards…that faith is not about morality (or Christians may not be morally better than surrounding conditions)…and according to their statements of faith I don’t blame them.
Statements of faith for most denominations do not address moral concerns so much as they address ‘belongong to this faith’ concerns. The statements are usually a what’s what of beliefs one must hold about God or other things in order to claim the faith…almost a type of confession. But with regards to morality – it may not neccessarily be addressed.
Think about it, within many Christian streams ‘faith’ is all that matters. Jesus fulfilled all that matters and even his teachings were to prove to us how impossible being ‘good/perfect’ is. Services are built around the showing of this ‘faith’ – via prayer, worship, preaching, communion, or even alter calls. All this elaborate ‘show’ to ‘show’ you have faith – which is why church is essential in many a Christian’s mind to prove you are a Christian. None of that is neccesarily about morality (maybe giving) but about showing your depth of spirituality.
Nihilism is what Nietzsche believed would occur with this generation due to a lack of moral grounding…and religion is helping this along. What say you faith – what of works? Many believe you don’t need works to be a Christian – but faith alone. Faith, in and of itself, without an anchor to ground to is a cover for nihilism.
“Nietzsche characterized nihilism as emptying the world and especially human existence of meaning, purpose, comprehensible truth, or essential value. He hints that nihilism can become a false belief, when it leads individuals to discard any hope of meaning in the world and thus to invent some compensatory alternate measure of significance” (Nihilism – Wikipedia)