“Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.” (CK Chesterton)
I think I understand what Chesterton meant – if one adheres to the tenets of Christianity, he will find them complete. However, many will choose not to adhere because it seems difficult.
In many ways I get that. Walking the straight and narrow, choosing a life of self-denial and service to God can be difficult at times. However, to conclude that it’s too difficult, I believe one must be looking only at what it seems Christians are asked to “give up” – not on what is gained. When viewed from the “what’s gained” perspective, Christianity is not a difficult thing at all, but a most wonderful and rewarding relationship with God that lasts into a perfect eternity.
Also, Chesterton’s comment seems to contradict God’s own perspective on the path He sets out for His children as described in Deuteronomy 30:11:
Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach.
God Himself was telling the Israelites that following the commandments that governed their relationship with Him and one another were not beyond their ability to keep. However, due to their sinfulness, they still failed (as do we). So, God had to make a Way that was even nearer to men and within our reach – His forgiveness made available through Christ.
God’s Way is not too hard, neither is it far off – He is right here. –Dave
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