What if you uncovered a piece of identity-shattering information like proof that your image had been superimposed into all your family photos? That would be a shocker, eh? So, what if each new day's discoveries eventually forced you to conclude that your family was not your family, your home not really home, your friends not friends, and even many enemies not enemies? How many former assumptions would you let escape unchallenged? I doubt any.
Yeah, I know this plot has fueled many intriguing story lines, but consider: if you are now in Christ - somewhere, somehow - reality shifted under your feet. You are not the person you once were. Attempting to understand yourself or others according to the universally accepted perceptions cannot be done - for the world is built upon illusion. Maybe your most persistent conflicts emanate from the struggle to resolve the discord between true life and shadowland.
So, how much of the charade do you hang on to - or perhaps I might ask - how much of it are you willing to challenge? Should the most commonly held doctrines and beliefs remain sacrosanct - that is, untouchable? Must we suppress our scrutiny simply because our probe confronts one of the fundamentals of the faith? Though I realize I'm rocking the Christian boat I have to wonder if the real meaning behind some teachings might be obscured by the common assumption.
Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for their fathers used to treat the false prophets in the same way. Luke 6:26
In other words, a favorable consensus of opinion might indicate a commonly held fallacy, not an irrefutable truth. So, what if that opinion happens to regard the nature of the Bible itself? Whoa! Now, I don't dispute the testimony of the Book, but I do question man's hypocrisy. You see, it's those universally-accepted teachings that arouse my suspicions. Do you know why? Simply because too many misrepresentations of Christ's freedom stake their claims upon Biblical inerrancy and infallibility! Are we okay with this?
when all men speak well of ...
Could we not manipulate the thing we speak well of while trashing the very testimony it bears? After all, turning a man's own words against him is not an unusual legal tactic. Ulterior motives often hide under the cover of benevolence, righteousness or sincerity. What makes us think that a bold approach to Biblical inspiration removes the possibility that its message is twisted? I suspect behind many heavy-handed "The Bible is our only authority" type sermons lurks something else altogether. I'm thinking we might need to reset our BS sensors.
Nothing has changed over the years, it was the same in Jesus' day as it is now. Those Scriptural questions and concerns foisted upon him were merely ploys. Isn't it conceivable that we may be facing something identical? Many have objected - It's not at all the same, we're 'Christian' - but they weren't! So, how do we account for the fact that the scribes and Pharisees claimed the SAME God and the SAME Scriptures Jesus did? Is it any surprise that a few decades later James' letter addressed the scattered Jews to challenge the claims of those who had adapted to include the name of Jesus in their religion? Just because terminology may change doesn't mean reality has.
It's no fluke that our Christian culture entraps itself in a web of Biblical legalities and contradictions. No. Somebody says Jump! - and we do! The perception is huge, it's of Biblical proportions. The time is long overdue: refuse to conform to the tactics of this world - especially the religious adaptations regarding the Bible.
If a truth is valid my statement of it is authoritative simply because it is true, not because I am able to establish validation by a general consensus of opinion ... even the opinion of like-minded, Bible-believing people or organizations. My need for support might actually be an addiction for fleshly validation. It might indicate that I am the one not sure about the truth of the thing I claim.
My question to you is this: Is Christ himself enough validation for you?
Or do you think God really needs anyone to agree with Biblical inerrancy and infallibility to enable Him to deliver a prisoner from his condemnation and into life? You'd better think again if you said yes. I have to wonder how many of those who preach and teach these doctrines are desperately hanging by a thread hoping to believe it themselves? Wouldn't it be true freedom to rest in the living witness of Christ's Spirit within you?
I will continue with this in the next Shoveletter as I will be digging much deeper into this religious conspiracy. It is that crucial to me. I'm going to examine the actual doctrine of Bibliology (the study of the Bible) in detail so that I can point out the undermining of our true life and freedom in Christ. It might be sneaky, but it's not hidden.