WHAT’S SO AMAZING ABOUT GRACE?
By Phillip Yancey
During a British conference on comparative religions, experts from around the world were discussing whether any one belief was unique to the Christian faith. They began eliminating possibilities. Incarnation? Other religions had different versions of gods appearing in human form. Resurrection? Again, other religions had accounts of return from death. The debate went on for some time until C. S. Lewis wandered into the room. “What’s the rumpus about?” he asked and heard in reply that his colleagues were discussing Christianity’s unique contribution among world religions. In his forthright manner Lewis responded, “Oh, that’s easy. It’s grace.”
After some discussion, the conferees had to agree. The notion of God’s love coming to us free of charge, no strings attached, seems to go against every instinct of humanity. The Buddhist eightfold path, the Hindu doctrine of karma, the Jewish covenant, and the Muslim code of law—each of these offers a way to earn approval. Only Christianity dares to make God’s love unconditional.
For me, this story sums up the theme of Phillip Yancey’s book, What So Amazing About Grace? Grace, the one word that sets apart the Christian faith from every other religion or philosophy that exists in our world.
Yancey never gives a “real” definition of grace. Instead, he simply states, “I would far rather convey grace than explain it.” Join us, Tuesday night at 6 PM for light supper, as together we share our stories and understanding of grace