Friday, November 15, 2013

Reason And Ego

It had probably been a year since I'd read her blog. And I only noticed her blog yesterday because Google, after signing me out, took me to my Reading List. She had both changed the name of her blog and decided to use her given name in place of the pseudonym I'd always known, arousing my curiosity. I clicked the link, finding that she'd changed much more than mere names.

She's on a journey, she says, away from Christianity.

A few of my readers also read her blog, so I'll respectfully ask them not to post comments specifically about her. She needs our prayers.

This post concerns itself with the bigger issue of seemingly committed Christians falling away from the Lord in varying ways and degrees. Some, like the blogger I've mentioned, no longer self-identify as Christians. Others, however, merge error with truth and insist that their new-found versions of Christianity is  more "authentic."

All these people have fallen for the same old tired lie that truth goes beyond Scripture, and that we can attain it by our human reason. Certainly, the Lord blessed us with minds, and He wants us to employ our reasoning abilities as we study His Word in ways that build our faith. The apostle Paul, in fact, evangelized by reasoning from the Scriptures (please click this link for examples). Good, honest thought should always be encouraged as we approach the Bible.

Danger comes, not in thinking in and of itself, but in presuming that our human intellect surpasses God's wisdom. Our opinions seem reasonable, but His truth trumps any theories and suppositions we care to make. The humility of confessing that He is God and we are merely His creations must remain guarded, lest we fancy ourselves to be His equals. As much as it pains our pampered little egos, His thoughts greatly exceed anything our puny minds can conjure up.

“Seek the Lord while he may be found;
    call upon him while he is near;
let the wicked forsake his way,
    and the unrighteous man his thoughts;
let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him,
    and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts. ~~Isaiah 55:6-9 (ESV)

God the Holy Spirit made His thoughts known to the men who, under His inspiration, gave us Scripture. We do well to actively meditate on Scripture by studying, applying and sharing it. Let's choose that approach instead of judging its validity against the false standard of our own ideas, remembering that, as our Creator, He has the final say.

2 comments:

  1. Good post. God's truth does indeed trump all. :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. 1Ti 6:3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ , and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;
    1Ti 6:4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,
    1Ti 6:5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
    1Ti 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

    We've got to pray to remain strong in the truth of God's word. Time is short and the devil is working overtime. Also I pray that those who stray unwittingly return by God's mercy and grace.

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post! I'd love feedback, as long as you attach a name. Disagreement is fine, as long as it is presented respectfully. Please keep comments confined to a maximum of four short paragraphs. Sorry for making to do the Word Verification, but I've been getting too much spam.

LinkWithin

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...