Theology

A Dutch man and his Donkey.

*We interrupt this program to bring you breaking news*

An old man, a boy, and a donkey roll into town. Someone scoffs at the old man forcing the boy to walk when it would be simple to let him ride the donkey. So the boy jumps up onto the donkey. In the next town, the boy is scolded for being lazy and told he should be letting the old man rest by riding the donkey. So they switch places. In the next town, people ask why they don’t both ride the donkey? So they both ride the donkey to the next town. There, residents comment on how it’s cruel to force the donkey to carry both of them.

The old man was last seen carrying the donkey.

What the old man realised (or should have realised) was; you can’t please everyone. You can, however, change your stance, how you do things and what you believe, in an effort to do so. In the past week we’ve seen this happen with a ‘Protestant’ Church in Holland. Note the smugness of the BBC in giving them their desired publicity, and then note the subsequent events in the U.K.’s major cities in the days since the news report.

Make of it what you will, but it gives you the impression our media has sort of got its priorities wrong, doesn’t it?

Let’s not forget that Britain isn’t the only one with problems at the minute, either. Ask Barack Obama about how his week’s been. The opening line of this entry is a bit of a hint as to how dire the U.S. media consider their national economic crisis.

The unique views of the Rev. Klaas Hendrikse made headlines because they are so… well, unique, but in truth this highlights a problem affecting all Christianity. The differences of opinion causing confusion amongst not only those who don’t believe, but even Christians themselves, over what is the right version of truth. Walk into any church across the country and you’re likely to find ten different versions of the Bible for every twenty people you talk to.

I’ll be brutally honest here: having so many versions of one book is the primary reason for disagreements among Christians. What’s supposed to be our sword has, in some cases, become the Devil’s greatest weapon against us (the Devil’s weapon being the art of deception). Deuteronomy 4:2 says; “Ye shall not add unto the Word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.”

That verse is from the King James version, a version which some Christians label outdated, or make comments about not being able to understand. Somehow they forget that this is God’s word we’re talking about here, not a Stephen King novel.

Hmm. Bad comparison maybe. I know Stephen King novels aren’t the easiest things to understand either.

The fact that you have to make a choice between different versions when you make the choice to buy a Bible is, in itself, contradictory. God didn’t give us multiple Bibles so we could pick and choose which suited us, he gave us one. HIS word. Whether it’s been rightly translated since then or not…Well, that’s on our backs.

Yeah, you can argue Christianity needs to move with the times. But where do you then draw the line? The recent developments in Holland are exactly what happens when you let Christianity move with the times. The Bible is truth, and the Bible is God’s word. Manipulate it for your own means, and you end up excluding God from your message. Sound familiar?

I’m not judging anyone, nor am I going to offer a master solution to fix this. I’m no better than you, or them. There is something we can do, and it involves turning to God in prayer. Put faith in Him, not me.

And for the non-Christians among you (providing you’re gracefully still here)? Well, you’ll (hopefully) be interested in my next post. Truth is, I was originally going to write about something else, albeit with a similar subject matter. So I’ll get on to that one tomorrow.

Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil.” – Ecclesiastes 5:1

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