"Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field which the Lord God had made and he said unto the woman, "Did God really say, "You shall not eat of every tree of the garden..." Genesis 3:1
"Did God really say...." I hear it everywhere lately. A seed of doubt. The same question broached millenia ago being put forth today.
Did God really say ___________? You can fill in blank with any sort of current religious or politial debate having Biblical root.
Three times in the last month I've heard it asked in front of me on three different topics and my mind was brought back to a beautiful garden I never visited, to those words ushering in rebellion against God.
We appease ourselves that this line of questioning is holy, enlightening. Searching for truth, I've heard it said, relying on the Holy Spirit to give us the answers we need. Meanwhile we discard scripture as outdated, errored, a prehistoric document not held in high esteem or reliable.
Ironically, it was in a public school highschool political class that I remember the subject of absolute truth coming up, brought up by the secular teacher, who acknowledged that truth could not be relative, subject only to the whims and wavering heart of man.
While you might be wondering why I am subjecting Cultivating Home to a controversial political/religious theme, this line of current cultural questioning is so important for parents to become aware of. We need to know how to not brush over our children's (or our own) doubts, and how to not accept our faith as truth because of a feeling we have or because of how we were raised.
There is a evangelical argument that makes my skin crawl, "God said it, that settles it."
I'm not for that line of belief at all. I won't believe that what you are saying, what I hear in a sermon, or what your opinion is simply because you stick a yellow sticky note to it with this statement. I believe in searching the scriptures, reading from scholars who have studied and immersed themselves in the original language and aren't flipping a concordance trying to manipulate one Greek word to their personal beliefs.
I love to listen to Chuck Missler broadcasts because he has a brilliant mind in explaining God's Word. But do you know what I love more? The fact that he tells his listeners not to take his word for fact until they go look it up themselves.
Parents, we must build a foundation for our Christian faith. Talk with your children about how we know God's Word is true. Talk about the history that verifies it, the prophecies in scripture that came true and the statistics of their coming to pass... talk to them about how Jesus referenced and quoted the Old Testament (it seems to be in vogue to believe in Jesus but toss out the rest of scripture).
If you don't know the answers, the apologetics or defending of our faith, remember that we always need to be ready to give an answer for what we believe, pray and ask God to guide your research, get in a Bible teaching church, and pile up your nightstand with a few books that will help you.
R.C. Sproul's, Defending Your Faith:An Introduction to Apologetics, Lee Strobel's A Case for Christ, are two great books to start with.
Now I'll tiptoe off my soapbox. One little fellow is up from a nap and since our plans for a roadtrip to pick up a Suburban tonight are postponed, I need to prep for an at-home dinner.