This is a clip from an episode in the 14th season of the TV series ER. It talks about how real answers are needed when we come up against life’s hard questions. It’s a good apologetic against the post-modern idea that all beliefs are equally valid.
The character, struggling with guilt, says: “I want a real chaplain who believes in a real God and a real Hell”.
I once went to visit a funeral home and crematorium, used for the funerals of people of all different faiths (and of none). We were shown to a large, comfortable waiting room whilst they finished attending to the previous group. At one end of the room was a large window which gave lovely views over the cemetary and flower beds. However, on the window was an inscription which said this:
“There is only one religion but many forms of expressing it.”
At a time when people have lost loved ones, at a time when people are asking questions about what life is about, how is this any comfort at all? It doesn’t comfort the Christian, the Buddust, Muslim or Hindu. It doesn’t comfort the atheist who denies all forms of religion anyway. This sort of post-modernist thinking has nothing real to say at times of crisis. It doesn’t answer real questions, it just blurs together everything into a meaningless schmush.
If we want to know how to get to God, where do we look?
“All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matt 11:27-29)