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Individualism (Modern Notions)

“There is no such thing as an “individual” Christian. Being “knit together in love” (Col 2:2), we are called in Christ to suffer together, be honored together, and rejoice together.” (Orthodox Study Bible, 1 Corinthians 12:26)

"Faith precedes the descent of the Holy Spirit but it is not the same thing. There is a trend in modern culture to stress the importance of the individual. Movies and literature celebrate the lone hero who faces down evil through his personal attributes and courage. This individualism is reflected in the privatization of religious belief." (Father Spyridon Baily)

“Doomsday predictions can no longer be met with irony or disdain...Our difficulty in taking up this challenge seriously has much to do with an ethical and cultural decline which has accompanied the deterioration of the environment. Men and women of our postmodern world run the risk of rampant individualism, and many problems of society are connected with today’s self-centered culture of instant gratification.” (Pope Francis)

“God is calling us even now to struggle against rampant individualism and self-indulgence.” (Dynamis 3/11/2019)

“In a world that is filled with self-serving individuals, the genuine love of Christians should attract others to the faith.” (Foundation Study Bible, 1 Thessalonians 4:10)

"The modern myth of human beings as individual, self-contained moral agents is not just incorrect. It is also a tool of deception. The myth is often used to absolve us from the mutual responsibility that constitutes a just society, as well as to falsely blame individuals for things over which they have little or no control. That contemporary Christianity is often complicit in this deception is perhaps among its greatest errors.” (Father Stephen Freeman)

“The ideology of individualism first encourages us to question all authority. Then, when this insidious, radical independence becomes fixed in our personality, it creates an inner resistance to submitting to anyone who would direct our behavior and decisions. When such an ideology is accepted by Christians, it corrodes our willingness to obey the tough, saving commandments of God. We start to question the very idea of lordship, and our duty to obey Christ is unthinkingly ignored.” (OCPM 10/4/2017)

“…whatever happened to the concept of mutual responsibility. Yes, of course, as individuals we should watch we eat, exercise and take responsibility for the health of our bodies. But why shouldn’t the food industry, the securities industry and all others take responsibility for selling sound products that are good for all not just for profit. It seems to me that our country has become so much about the sale that we sometime sacrifice or subordinate quality and even morals and ethics to profit.” (Sacramental Living)

“The Gospel upholds the freedom of man and the unique beauty of each soul, but it also condemns self-centeredness, materialism, and apathy toward the poor. It condemns the modern notion of individualism.” (Jonathan Jackson)

“Too often, unfortunately, we are jealous of those who rejoice and apathetic toward those who weep. Believers are in the world together—there is no such thing as private or individualistic Christianity. We need to get involved in the lives of others and not just enjoy our own relationship with God.” (Life Application Study Bible, 1 Corinthians 12:25-26)

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