Sunday, February 16, 2014

From Metaphor To Blasphemy

How did people come up with the idea of Jesus being a Boyfriend/Husband to individual women? The passages about Him as the Husband of Israel and Bridegroom of the Church (Isaiah 54:5, Jeremiah 3:1-14, Hosea 2:20, Ephesians 5:25-32 and Revelation 19:7-9) refer to the Lord's relationship to Israel and to the Church, and even then should be understood as metaphors describing His exclusive claims on His people. The contexts of these passages simply don't lend themselves to the mysticism held by unmarried women who seek comfort from Him.

The teaching distorts Scripture by insinuating a "deeper level" of experiencing God, thus becoming another form of the Gnostic heresy that troubled the First Century Church. The straightforward teaching that we know His love by His sacrifice on the Cross doesn't satisfy longings to be touched and held, so women search for "intimacy with Him."

Their search, of course, betrays the fact that they focus their attention on how Jesus can (or should)   gratify their desires rather than taking advantage of their availability to serve Him. And no, I haven't forgotten how long nights can be when nobody shares you bed. Singleness hurts! Yet Jesus calls us to deny ourselves in order to further His Kingdom, not to fashion Him into a cosmic Lover Who makes us feel happy and fulfilled.

Reducing Jesus to the position of personal Husband also suggests, when taken to its logical conclusion, that He is the ultimate Polygamist. Once we recognize this inescapable option, we must acknowledge the utter blasphemy of our proposition. Although I certainly understand why women desire Jesus as a Husband, He would never commit the sin of polygamy!

Christ refers to the Church as His Bride, but He doesn't have a harem made up of Christian women. In the very real discomfort of being unmarried, Christian women must resist twisting Scriptures concerning Christ and His Church (in which images of marriage are nothing more than metaphors) in favor of avoiding blasphemous fantasies. When we read His Word honestly, we serve Him according to His desires.

2 comments:

  1. Hi DebbieLynne,

    Read a blog today (which I referenced to on my flutterbys blog) which dovetails nicely with what you state here. The article I linked to is very long so you might not be able to read it all in one sitting, however it is very good (I think you might like it) in that it talks about how we get it wrong (in our fleshy way of wanting to see and understand things), and that true "seeing" doesn't actually involve our physical eyes (which can actually mislead us, Jesus said "those who have seen Me have seen the Father" and how many actually "saw" --the true way that Jesus was talking about---the Father? I trust you will agree that of the multitudes who "saw" Jesus with their physical eyes, many did not thereby see the Father --- as confirmed with what happens in John 6:66) Seeing and understanding in the true Biblical sense only comes through revelation which is by the Holy Spirit alone.

    Check out this long blog article, which explains it much better than I do:

    http://www.fows.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=85:the-church-in-the-age-of-the-tv-image&catid=40:orthos-archive&Itemid=59

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  2. In the past we butted heads on the topic of spiritual gifts and the continuation of prophetic gifts, and although I agree with your position, I think it also can be taken to an unhealthy extreme in some people and some denominations. On that same website I linked to in my previous comment above, I'm now reading (about halfway through at this moment as I type) another long article on that very touchy subject of the gift of prophecy. You can find it here, hope you read it and let me know what you think:

    http://www.fows.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=76:prophecy-and-preaching&catid=40:orthos-archive&Itemid=59

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