I’ve had an interesting if frustrating few weeks. I have been going through a discussion on Facebook regarding who is God and Jesus.
Scriptures that seem very plain to me are being called into question in a way that would completely change how we view Christ and God and how the God of the Old Testament relates to Christ in the New!
I starting thinking about where I would be if I accepted the different understandings being set forth and I found that I was totally depressed. Nothing that I believed would be based on a solid foundation anymore.
I could not trust God’s word to provide me with a clear understanding. The Holy Spirit was no longer enough, I would need the understanding of the wise men who interpret the languages of the Bible into English. Suddenly my understanding was dependent on someone else’s understanding. I can not express to you the absolute FEAR that raced through my mind and even my physical body when I fully realized how precarious my spiritual condition was.
My wife wrote a poem once called “Standing on the Edge of Forever” talking about the future view of those called of God in this age. Instead of being enthralled by what was coming I could suddenly see my self-falling off that spiritual cliff as it were. I am talking about gut feeling here not a reality of course. BUT, if what I was reading was true then my total understanding over the last 60 some odd years was going to be thrown out the window.
But no matter how much I tried to show and explain what God’s word had to say about this concept they came back with scriptures whose meanings had been suddenly changed from what I had always believed them to be.
It came to me suddenly what the Apostle Paul was saying:
(2Ti 2:14 KJV) Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.
This in-depth striving about what words mean only subverts the hearers and creates strife amongst the body of Christ.
I don’t mean the people who are presenting these things are not sincere, I see them as brothers in Christ and yet I believe that this focusing on words has subverted or is in the process of subverting their belief.
Notice what the Greek word translated “subverting” means:
1) overthrow, destruction
1a) of cities
2) metaphorically of the extinction of a spirit of consecration
Part of Speech: noun feminine
Paul is saying the striving after, words destroys the belief of those who keep at it. In my opinion, this is a dangerous game that satan plays with our minds.
One scripture that has always meant everything to me talks about the Simplicity of Christ:
2Co_11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
Do we see how this striving after, words gives satan a chance to deceive?
Two other doctrines that I no longer will look into are based on the same methodology; Sacred Names and the Calendar Issues. Both of which are the most destructive to the brethren.
Again I mean no offense to those who believe those doctrines, they must follow their faith no matter what. Yet I cannot agree.