Thursday, June 17

Stint on the Soapbox

"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 Meanwhile we discard scripture as outdated, errored, a prehistoric document not held in high esteem or reliable.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.




Craig and Bethany said...

Great post! Chuck Missler is one of our family favorites as well.

Celee said...

I agree, especially about believing only the parts of Scripture we find convenient and throwing out the rest. I've been doing a series lately on Lessons from Leviticus because so much is there that we tend to skip over. Also, my husband is a pastor and will always warn his church not to take his word for it. He quotes specific passages and also quotes from the commentaries he studies. When there are multiple interpretations he usually gives them and then tells what his convictions are, but again asking them to study for themselves. We are big proponents of Bible study around our house and find it sad that so many Christians have a "been there and done that" mentality when it comes to the Bible. Each time I read it I gain so much more!

Diane Shiffer said...

This has nothing whatsoever to do with your lovely post, buuuuttt.....

I was riding in the car with my kids yesterday and my son said, "How come we don't do foster care anymore?" I hesitated, then asked him if he would like to again. An emphatic yes! Then I asked my teen daughters and they agreed. Amelia even said, "You know Mom, we really should."
Eeeek! I told them I would pray about it.
And I immediately thought of you♥

amy said...

So true Hannah. This has been on my heart lately as well.

Mrs. Mike and kids said...

My mom always told us to read the word and seek Gods answer in prayer, never to believe man over God. I had an experience in the church I was raised in where the rug was pulled out from under me. When the church you think will be there when trouble comes turns on you you are forced to turn to Christ and his word alone.

Catherine Anne said...

Great post

Cindy said...

I agree. On my blog today I posted about my decision to quit seeking answers in books, even Christian ones for now, and instead search for truth in God's word.

Nurturing Faith and Family said...

great post! i hate when people "pick and choose" what they find in scripture to "believe"

Anonymous said...

Like this post. I went to a church for years where I felt brainwashed into what the leaders thought we should beleive. If anyone was ever to question or disagree with the pastor or his wife they would get extremely angry. It always seemed like the emphasis was on the pastor, worshipping the pastor, the pastor's "prophesies" etc. etc. Yes, I know this sounds like a cult, and I've questioned myself many times about this. To make things more complicated these pastors are my in-laws. Praise God for a wonderful husband that was willing to stand up to his parents and we left that church. We now are attending a wonderful Bible-believeing, non-controlling church. I feel free now to be able to search the scriptures and find things out for myself. Honestly, I don't read my Bible very much between taking care of my kids, house etc. Your post has encouraged me to start doing that again.