Monthly Archives: September 2011
Well meaning Christian Theologians have argued for centuries.
Bible studies have split apart over one verse.
Churches have split and denominations formed over simple ideas about God or simple practices that point us to God.
For so long, many (myself included) have spent precious time and energy trying to figure out what the “real truth” is. Do we baptize infants or only adults? Does God predestine only some of us or do we have a choice? Do we commune with wafers and real wine or unleavened bread and Welch’s? I think we’re missing the point altogether!
What I’m trying to say is simply this…For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. Isaiah 55:8 We spend too much time arguing over issues we cannot ever fully understand. God’s ways and purpose are so far above ours that we cannot and should not claim to understand it fully. Especially when it draws a chasm between us and other believers. Our God is a mysterious and powerful God. When people ask me about predestination versus free-will I have to answer that both can be true! My God is big enough to both choose us and allow us to chose. And I see evidence of both in scripture so why would I have to choose just part of scripture as being right! Yes, it’s true that in my mind I tend to want to fully understand and have mastery over theological ideas, but the truth is that when I try to fully understand that which is infinite with my finite mind, I am putting God into a box.
My God simply will not be boxed, limited, or made predictable. God is bigger than you think!
Please don’t take me wrong and think that I believe everything to be true and all paths leading to God. I cling to scripture and to Christ. His Word always ring true. I honestly think we don’t take scripture seriously enough! But some things we aren’t meant to understand, just to embrace.
…and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Matthew 16:18
When Christ said that the gates of hell would not prevail against His church I’m pretty sure he meant it! Why then, do we spend our lives in fear of the devil and in fear of Hell? Most Christians I know are so afraid of the devil and Hell that they don’t even talk about them. If we take Christ at His word, then we are already conquerors and have nothing to fear, but everything to gain. Notice in the scripture listed above how He is talking about the gates of hell? Gates are to protect the inhabitants of a city but mostly this text is interpretted as “the devil won’t defeat the Church”. I think what Jesus was saying is that we as the Church are the attackers and Hell will lose.
Christians ought to be bold. If we are conquerors with Christ we should start acting like it. If the gates of Hell will crumble at our attack shouldn’t we be rescuing it’s prisoners? Although people we might know might not be in literal hell right now, are they in a hell on earth? What are you doing to use your position as a conqueror of Hell to rescue them from the grip of demonic forces?
The Christian Metal band, For Today, wrote some lyrics that ought to be our motto…
“Hell, fear me! I am the one that will bring you down.
And as you fall, fear me, you’ll see my face on the battleground.“