The look on Mr. Chopra’s face is priceless. I’m not sure he knew what had just happened.
And now a word from our sponsor:
As we have said before, so now I repeat, if anyone proclaims to you a gospel contrary to what you received, let that one be accursed! (Gal 1:9)
Some streams of contemporary thought insist that there are no absolute truths—absolutely none! What is true for me is true for me, but that doesn’t mean it has to be true for you. Obviously, if all truth is relative, none of us should get overly concerned about people who believe differently.
In this worldview, a document like Paul’s letter to the Galatians must seem at best like primitive superstition (a “coverup for insecurity” in Deepak Chopra’s words) and nasty hatemongering at worst. Paul believed the gospel was worth fighting for. It was not something he had made up or received through faulty human tradition; it was a revelation from God. It was not just “true for him”; it was true, period. And because it was true, he was furious that the Galatian Christians had abandoned it for external piety and warmed-over legalism.
At the same time, Galatians poses a challenge for those of us who do not embrace our culture’s absolute relativism (I know that’s a logical contradiction, but I gotta call ’em like I see ’em). Paul was contending for the gospel. He was not contending for a particular end-times scenario, style of worship, leadership structure, or pet doctrinal position. He was willing to fight for the central defining tenets of the Christian faith—the saving work of Christ and justification by faith alone—but he did not confuse the core gospel message with secondary matters. Yes, there are absolute truths that we can know and must confess and for which we should fight…but there are only a few.