I was having a discussion with an agnostic friend of mine last night, and he asked me a question I wasn’t quite sure how to answer.
My friend, mind you, is a moral relativist.
He asked if I admired Mother Teresa, and beleived she was doing God’s work. I replied, “Yes, of course!” He then asked why I, and every other Christian, wasn’t out there feeding the poor and embracing radical poverty.
He was trying to demonstrate the inherent contradiction of Christianity: If we believe that feeding the hungry and clothing the naked is a divine mandate, then aren’t we all being sinful hypocrites by not doing the work of Mother Teresa?
I replied that charity admitted of degrees, and that some acts of charity were more heroic than others, and that Christians did not believe that God intended all people to be that heroic.
In return, I was told this was a convenient cop-out, and who was I to decide how much charity was good enough?
Anybody know how to answer this?