Culture at large says the problem is the environment and the solution is inward.
Christianity says the problem is inside and the solution from the outside.
Culture says change the environment and the environment changes the individual.
Christianity says change the individual and he will change the environment.
Culture focuses on the material and dismisses the spiritual.
Christianity starts with the spiritual and redeems the material.
Culture maximizes pleasure and seeks to minimize pain.
Christianity says through sacrifice we derive meaning and true joy.
Culture at large is contradictory when it comes to sex, race, wealth, and religion.
Christianity says there is no distinction between man and woman, Jew or Gentile, rich or poor, because we are all one in Christ.
Culture at large demands perfection and is unforgiving for any small slights. It remains vague on how to achieve such standards.
Christianity demands perfect holiness and God is forgiving for all our sins. Even better, He empowers us to achieve said standards.
Culture at large is at a loss to answer why good things happen to bad people or why bad things happen to good people.
Christianity says that all have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God, but the gift of God is eternal life to all who believe. God has sent the rain on both the just and unjust.
Culture at large says: “Follow your heart” even if it leads to disaster.
Christianity says: “The heart is deceitful and wicked” and God says: “I will give you a new heart.”