Innocence or Ignorance

Many people like myself can echo the same kind of discovery as I have found, “I know that I know nothing.”[1] Most people can acquire this discovery by a personal enlightenment, meditation, or sitting in a college class. Mine so happen to be all the above.  When reached, they realize they are constantly learning about a topic, in my case God, and know there is more to the Bible than the words on the page. Upon reading an article by a “pastor” of a local church, given by a teacher in class, I began realizing what I had been taught for the past three years of my life: there is more to the Bible than the letters on the page, but to go above the Bible is ignorance.

I am not giving credence or justification of the pastor’s article, more of a critique. He expressed his views of people trying to give a “tortured form of Gospel harmony” to make all four gospels say the same thing. Any one with a Bible can read the inconsistencies of the resurrection accounts, and much like a small child, can force a wrong puzzle piece into a what seems to be right hole. This seems to be an acceptable way of textual criticism for most, but under further observation it is a child like tactic. When one reads Jesus’ words when he says, “become like children”[2] should be aware this does not give acceptance to be ignorant, but rather innocent. Innocence is allowing a child to place a puzzle piece in the wrong hole, but after the fact the child is corrected and shown the proper place to fit it. If the same scenario was acted out with an adult one would claim, “He is ignorant!”

Let me further clarify what I am thinking. Many people approach the throne of God with a child like faith. This person is innocent like a child, believing in God, because “He is God.” That innocence of faith is not the same thing as innocent to a Biblical doctrine. Approaching God like a child is good, one approaching the scriptures like a child is another story. Some people look for doctrines that will suit their own passions, looking for people to say what they want to hear.[3] Not having any real backing, but having their emotions as the base.[4] This is not innocence, but ignorance. When one takes the Word of God and tries to fit it to suit their own passion, they are forcing that puzzle piece into the wrong hole. We must be cautioned and not allow ourselves to be carried away and convinced this is an “innocent’ act. One who has been enlightened, tasted the heavenly gift, and been set free from sins knows better than to make God into something he is not.

Many people are spiritually ignorant in certain situations like the pastor quoted above. Trying to piece together accounts that do not match, this is making a puzzle with pieces jammed, bent, and pressed together, but not the original intent. Yes, scripture does have some challenging obstacles to overcome, but one can confidently derive to the right truth, not by merely bending and twisting scripture, but to the confirmed truth. There are certainly some things within the holy writ that are unanswerable and God has a justification for such acts, and who is man to question those? They do not need an answer; they do not need a response, for they are simply the Words of God and should be taken as they are. The problem does not arise in challenges like that, but in taking the Bible and making it what man wants it to be. This is one who is set on the flesh. Any man who is set on the flesh is hostile towards God and will not submit to him.

Further, the pastor continues his argument by saying since the resurrection accounts cannot be meshed together, then the resurrection is just something to be experienced versus something to be confirmed. This is where error arises. It is similar to one confessing, “Since I do not understand it, it has to be something different than what is written.” Going above what is written to make a claim to justify a spot of unknowing leads one into further and further ignorance. We must be aware of the challenge around us. One who is not willing to obey the perfect Word of the Almighty God does not want to please him. They are set in their ways and would rather have their own doctrine to make themselves feel better versus submitting to the Will of God.

Earlier, I acknowledged my new revelation that there is more to the Bible than just the words on the page. This is not allowing one to make a free choice of the Bible, but to allow God to work. One may be saying, “That statement contradicts the previous argument.” But on the contrary it supports it. If one simply confines God to the pages of the book, then we have placed him in a leather bound box. We have established what we feel is truth by saying, this is what God does, this is what he will not do, this is what he can do, and this is what he can’t do. God is beyond the Bible, so therefore simply pushing, pressing, and squeezing him into the leather bound box is ignorance. The one who sees God as the creator of heaven and earth the one who holds life and death in his hands, will submit to his Will and his Word. Not to make God into something he is not, but allow him to be who he is. When one reaches this point then can see the picture and the puzzle, which allows him to place the piece without effort into its correct location.

 


[1] A quote by Socrates

[2] [youversion]Matthew 18:3[/youversion]

[3] [youversion]2 Timothy 4:3-4[/youversion]

[4] [youversion]Matthew 15:9[/youversion]

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