I have written before on troubling statements to come out of Union Theological Seminary, an institution that would at one time have been called a Christian school, but can hardly be given that label these days. Earlier this month, journalist Nicholas Kristof did an interview with Union’s president, Dr. Serene Jones, for the New York Times.
Dr. Jones’s views highlight just how far the school has strayed from its original vision and from anything resembling Christian orthodoxy. Her statements are also illuminating as yet another example of where we end up when we stray from the truth.
The interview might be characterized as a brief list of key Christian beliefs that Dr. Jones denounces. She doesn’t believe in the literal resurrection of Jesus Christ, the atonement (at least not in the biblical sense), the virgin birth, or even in the God of the Bible.
Where does such (un)faith lead? Kristof asked, “What happens when we die?” Dr. Jones answered,
I don’t know! There may be something, there may be nothing. My faith is not tied to some divine promise about the afterlife...
Theological liberalism is a road to nowhere. Without the cross and resurrection of Jesus–the real cross and resurrection, the atoning death and bodily resurrection of the Son of God incarnate–there is no hope. We are left with only this life and what we can make of it. It is so tragic when people reject the gospel.
But God is real, God is strong, and His promises are good. Christ is risen, and offers life eternal to all who trust in Him. Christmas means light in our darkness, and Easter means hope unshakable.