|facebook discussion between myself and others writes:|
Pastor: You believe this?
Me: I know that God is love...not some vague universal energy force...and I also know that Jesus embodies perfect love and that only through Him can we truly love. Which leads me to wonder why I'm still selfish and stingy...
Mike: This is a new age philosophy bro not Biblical.
Me: I know that it is, Mike. Technically it is called syncretism, I believe. Part truth and part error. I know the difference. My mind works by comparing different philosophies and discerning truth vs error. I never listen to just one side in an argument or discussion...except when I pray. Then I surrender to His wisdom. Sometimes I post something without having really read it thoroughly...
When I teach, I present more than one argument (even if Jesus IS the right One ) so that people can see the subtle differences in philosophy.
Pastor: do you not take heed during your preaching time (teaching) Galatians 1:8,9 into account? It was Paul bringing a rebuke, not once but twice. I believe there has been many of these brought to you. Now, do you also teach while presenting an argument other than the Gospel that the Gospel of Christ is not of mere man's wisdom? To me, it makes more logical sense to believe the one who received it by divine revelation. Besides, thatâ€™s more epic! And another thing, I donâ€™t care what anyone says. I believe it. Iâ€™m sure after all these years of educating yourself with man's wisdom itâ€™s taken a toll on you. Perhaps (this is) why you're teaching mans wisdom as you compare it to the Truth.
In my opinion, you canâ€™t compare apples to oranges. But, because I know you have always been into man's wisdom and ways I wouldnâ€™t expect anything other.
All the years and you're still pondering and intrigued by the man of this world. Peace and Grace to you Brother. Hope all is well. Iâ€™m enjoying California for this season.
Me: I'm glad that you are doing well in Cali and I know that God is using you for a lot of great things. We really miss you here. I miss our arguments, and I have learned to accept rebuke...but a wise man seeks a multitude of council.
This whole idea of "the Bible says it..that settles it" theology will not reach the current generation or the techno world of today without the power of the Holy Spirit. Now I will agree that Gods wisdom is superior to man's wisdom. I DO need to humble myself. I want to go to lunch with Pastor Joe one of these days. I will admit that I can be a rebel.
Mike: If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, ask whatever you want and it will be given you. #REDLETTERJESUS apart from Me, you can do nothing!
Me I can never argue with scripture...at least in the NT. Some of that OT stuff is puzzling, though. Like that one part about the sun stopping!
Mark: May not be verbiage from the Bible, but the sentiment surely is biblical.
Arthur Will u feel painfully remorseful Craig if you stepped on a worm?
Me I can agree with my Pastors that human wisdom in and of itself is flawed. I do not consider myself a word for word literalist, but more of a thought for thought literalist. Let's take the story of the Flood. I have watched arguments about whether the event actually happened or not play themselves out many many times at EvC Forum, where I hang out. And in today's modern world one cannot be expected to literally believe this story without denying everything that humans have learned since the story was written. Pastor Age is right, though, in that sometimes you just have to believe. My point, if I have one, is that one need not believe a "Whole Bible" (in a word for word context) in order to be a believer.
Mike: (Phat), do you believe God lies to His people?
Me: ok...I'll go with this...WHO are His people? (For the record I believe that God cannot lie.)
Mike His people are whosoever believes, His whole word is truth yet when He says he stopped the sun, you call it a lie.