For the last few hours, I have been going through some of the blog posts on WP about religion/ God / Jesus / Apologetics / Calvinism / denominations, et cetera, and I must say that there are a lot of people who must be, “God Himself.”
Yes, I am being blatantly sarcastic, and the basis is built upon the findings of so many claiming to know that their view of Him, IS THE CORRECT ONE. Their view of the Bible, and their theology, and their conclusion, is EXACTLY the way it is.
Um, it’s not likely.
I noticed a pattern in today’s readings. There are very educated people who know the Bible, and know the context, and can easily site texts by chapter and verse, but they can’t seem to leave room for error. They will argue their points, and are so sure that they are doing everything perfectly. They say, “God told me,” or “Holy Spirit guided,” and there is never any mention of questioning. There is never any hesitation. These individuals are so sure that they are right, that they totally overlook their personal pride which is actually, speaking for them. Not likely God, and not likely Holy Spirit. Why do I say this? Because some of the things that are being said, are merely opinion. The things that are expressed are really emotion-driven responses to their own need to be right. It is pretty evident. Maybe it is a great need for some to be certain about the uncertain?
I know of a man, who calls himself a prophet, who said that my hometown will be covered by a tidal wave. Hmm? I’m still waiting to see that tidal wave coming down the Ohio River. Maybe it was a very real dream? Another man has said that his denomination, is correct! Is it? Does he know that all denominations are man-made? Does he understand that all of these creations of men, are full of error? Another woman on WP just totally blasted another woman, both of them of the Christian faith, because she didn’t like the words that she had chosen while speaking about God, as she personally understood Him through the Bible. If we are all to have childlike faith, then how can we think something prideful like, “That’s not good enough Lord. I understand far more than you. I’m going to take the wheel Lord. You need some help.”
2 Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, 3 and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. -Matthew 18:2-4 (NKJV)
No one can truly fathom the powers of our Father in Heaven, and no one has the right to say anything about our great Creator with complete certainty. Although, we surely can say that we ALL FALL SHORT, and that our pride may lead us into erroneous conclusions. I believe it is important to allow Holy Spirit to lead, and God may very well be leading people who seek Him in different ways for a greater purpose. But honestly, I don’t believe those ways are without the sinful flesh that speaks through the egocentric mind. We all have it, built into our very nature. If we were able to claim that we are ‘correct,’ all of the time, then why would we need the Lord? We would, in a sense, be our own gods. Would we not? I believe that all of us should weigh everything that others say about the Lord, and compare it to Scripture. It is always of the utmost importance for me to embrace the pride that is within, assess how it is contradicting what is written, and then thinking deeply about just how differently the Lord is in comparison to my little mind. A mind of mistakes. A mind that must learn. A mind that has to start with a crawl, before learning to walk. A process which takes a lifetime, as we understand “time.” I can’t even prepare a good cup of coffee at times, let alone say that I know what the Lord is up to! I know of no man who can create the universe? I know of no man, who can create a beautiful Albatross that glides effortlessly over the vast seas of a little planet, within that universe. Is what man saying, really what is? We all have to decide.
We have to decide where our faith lies. Within ourselves, or within the “childlike” faith. A humble, unpretentious faith that leaves room for error within our incomplete understanding. A faith in which joy can leave an embedded mark of contentment, within that limited knowledge. May we pray for His strength, as we humbly accept what we cannot know.