The foundation of my Christian faith is in the historical fact of ‘Resurrection’ and the theological doctrine of ‘Redemption’. It is not because I want to become a better person or want to contribute to making the world a better place.
Let me explain.
My foundation or my reason for following Christ is based on ‘redemption’ and ‘resurrection’. However, when we first believe and follow, the traits such as joy, peace, love, kindness, goodness, self-control etc become inevitable parts within us and flow into the other aspects (social, political & economic) of our lives and contribute to making a better world.
In other words, I don’t follow Christ to change the world but following Christ demands certain kinds of lifestyles and daily behaviors in us which ultimately can change the world.
Moreover, it is not that I follow Christ because my thoughts and ideas are compatible with Christ’s teaching, rather it is because, I believe in Christ as the savior, therefore I follow His teachings.
I don’t believe in Christianity as a means to our own advancement, rather I believe in it because it is the truth.
Let me end with C S Lewis’s quote,
“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”
P.S. The core wisdom is borrowed from the C S Lewis’s book “The Screwtape letters”.