I find a mistake we often make in the church, is that we focus too much on the Bible alone.
Now I will say this up front. I am NOT discrediting the Bible, saying we should distrust the Bible, Saying the Bible is ‘just good literature’ or any of the other arguments bouncing around that scare Christians into clinging too tightly to the Bible alone. But I do feel we have limited our perspective too much.
Many Christians live their lives as if the Bible is a window into God’s world… the only view of God that we have. People spend lifetimes peering through it. Trying to see it from every angle. Many go so far as to start drawing on the walls around the window trying to extrapolate what they can of the world from that tiny little glimmer…. But in doing this Christians often seem to forget one very important point.
We live in God’s world NOW!
God is still alive. God did not send Jesus His son and then go “Welp! See you all in a few millennia. If you want to know what to do, read my book! Bye!”
One of the biggest things that happened when Jesus came down is we were given access to the Holy Spirit. We can still talk with God. We still live in a world where God is very active in. We still live in a world where God is at work in our lives every day.
So where does the Bible stand then? What makes it so important to read in the first place?
Reality needs constants. Without constants, nothing can be true or false. Without a comparative, you will not be able to know which way to go. A skilled woodworker may be able to tell 2 feet of wood from just looking at it, but that does not mean that a measuring tape is a worthless invention.
The Bible gives us a breakdown. A guideline. A foundation for our beliefs. But a building that is just a foundation, is a fairly worthless structure that will never stand out!
Realize God will never direct you against His word, or in a warped view of His word… but also realize you are meant to live your faith in your own life and this current stage of the world as well.
Don’t lock yourselves in introspection! Jesus IS alive! Don’t you realize what that means? Not WAS alive. Not WILL BE alive. He IS alive! Now! This moment! Right here right now!
So stop looking with in. Look up! Look to him as well!
How do you spot when a lie has been created? The answer is quite simple… When a lie is created, a contradiction is simultaneously created as their lie contradicts the truth. As we realize this contradiction we begin to lie more to cover it up which in turn creates more contradictions which are harder and harder to hide. Then, as time passes, our need to cover up our lie creates multiple contradictions and even begins to drift slowly from what our original lie was.
Contradiction is NOT to be mistaken with different perspective however. I could say I went to the beach and saw Jane, while Jane could say she saw many people on the beach today. The fact that she speaks of many but not me while I speak of one which is her does not contradict each other. It simply shows that we care about different details.
We are currently in a day and age which is rife with contradictions. People become worse tyrants than those they are fighting. People sell themselves cheaply in an attempt to raise their self worth. People try to destroy people who differ from them in an attempt to create equality and peace.
We have reached the stage where people no longer even try to hide the contradictions they live though they seem to be mostly oblivious to it themselves. But do not point out the contradictions. Simply observing them will do the person more harm than good.
Until a person WANTS to change, they won’t change. Until a person WANTS to be different more than they fear or find comfort in staying as they are, they never will be.
You cannot control the human heart. A person must LET you do it. Until they do, no amount of announcements, knowledge, or explanation will save them. Till then the only hope is God’s not yours