Received a compliment the other day, some folks said that ‘ordinary Christians don’t believe the crap that I do.’ Of course the implication is that I believe things in scripture that other believers do not, thus marking myself with other tunalics. And what pray tell are some of these monstrosities?
I’ll volunteer a few, and happily so. But first, let me point out that many unbelievers are delighted when they can pit one believer against another, and by so doing, assume that differing opinions invalidate the whole warp and woof of scripture. I see this all the time, and I do not take the bait while many others do.
If folks are on the same train with me going to Seattle, I’m ok with that. I don’t have to sit with them though, but I’m thankful we have the same destination. Christian maturity understands that all are not at the same mile markers in life, hence that little truth known as liberty. Many believers have said many nasty things about me, and you, and I’m sure they have regretted as much today. Enough said.
Theology is the study of God. It’s alarming to my mind that a Christian can study theology, and doubt whether God exists. Theology is not the study of the ‘possibility’ of God. It is unquestioned by the believer. It may be questioned by the unbeliever, and God’s ways may not be understood, but to the Christian we can say with absolute confidence: I know whom I have believed…..
Maybe we can call the doubtful disputations infidology, but please, let’s not confuse God with the devil. God has no competitor, except in the minds of miscreants.
God is God and there is no other. The God of nature and the God of scripture are one. He who commands raging seas to ‘be still,’ easily says ‘be thou clean’ to the leper with equal power. His word is good, and Christians rest in this word.
There was a man named Adam. His wife was she who was the mother of ALL living, whose name was Eve. (As I like to say, Ehvee) They had a son who murdered their other son. There was a flood. There was that engineering feat called the ark. Others wrote about it, but scripture presents the WHY.
Abraham had a son Isaac, whereby all God’s promises were confirmed through Jacob and his posterity. These promises while not totally fulfilled as yet, are included in the Christian’s favour.
Daniel the man of God lived, testified that God can interpret dreams, and was cast into a den of hungry lions. He survived through God’s grace, while his antagonists were meat for the big kittens.
God who created great whales, had one reserved as home to Jonah until such time as he regained his senses.
The Baptist lived as the greatest prophet, and his life ended with his head on a platter. The Lord did nothing to retaliate for this egregious act. He who brought grace and truth was not tolerated by the powers that be, and His blistering testimony to God was not welcomed, as they wanted another ‘king.’ Herod and Pilate, while not friends, became allies in their confederacy against Christ.
He met His end, with no surprise to God on Calvary’s central tree, but lo and behold rose again the third day, according to the scriptures of course. For God soooooo loved the world.
Yes, these are all strange things to unbelievers, but are they unordinary to the Christian and like precious faith? I don’t think so. What is truly strange and distressing, is to claim the name of Christian, and NOT believe these things.
But again, tkx for the compliment.