I’ve been studying for a message on self-denial by looking at the way various religions approach the topic. It is a topic most religions hold central.
I have found not a few websites dedicated to the preference of the Christian version of self-denial over that of other religions. One drew my attention so I read through it until I got to this line:
Biblical self-denial must cost us something.
Not kidding. Not making it up.
One of the differences between a biblical account of self-denial and that of any other religion, according to this writer, is that it must cost us something.
I am trying to imagine an account of self-denial that does not cost the self anything.
Ok; honestly, what I am really trying to imagine is a world where people who follow Jesus don’t make up stuff about other religions. Like how their self denial doesn’t cost anything.
Are there valid differences between a Christian account of self denial and those of other religions? Yes, there are. Some make for very interesting discussion. As I look around the allegedly Christian culture in which I live, my first thought is that we could learn something from someone else’s understanding of self denial.