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Friday, May 20, 2011

Lost in Words

Last night i noticed something very disturbing about myself:  When i get upset i throw myself into biblical studies.  Most people would say that this is a good thing but last night God showed me differently.  When i throw myself into scripture in this way i study no longer to know God, but to understand Him.  In my attempts to count the stars i lose who i am, what i was, and what we had. 
       This is dangerous on a lot of levels.  First of all no man can ever understand God or the way in which He works.  There is a fine line that one must not cross when studying God and theology.  Theology should be studied so one can come to know God better.  Intimately and personally.  One should study theology as a man studies the woman he loves: The way she walks, talks, acts, and looks.  The danger comes when one loses sight of the love that he holds for Christ and is thrust into studying for his own desires.  He then studies to understand so that he may profit.  His studies are for his understanding and not for his relationship.  This is seen in Romans 1:
"21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles. "   Man thought he had become wise in his view of God... and if you read on in Romans 1 you will see the outcome:  God gave them over to their wisdom which meant that they fell deeper and deeper into sin. 
      It is human nature for a man to want to understand.  As a young boy i would take apart computers, electronics, and even my kids meal toys to try and figure out what is going on inside.  After that i would attempt to put them back together but i never was able to.  But when we apply this desire for understanding to God it leads us into a troubling place. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts."  Man, who is systemic, has tried to break down, take apart, and understand God.  This has led to unbelief.  Anything man could not take apart, anything he could not understand, anything he could not hold was deemed as non-existent.  And because of this man  became his own god.  He created things that he could no longer control, like the atomic bomb and nuclear warfare.  He set his own idea of a moral slandered such as abortion and homosexuality.  He "purified" the ideas such as removing the ten commandments and separating church and state.  He became God....
 
      This is the danger i am faced with.  when i seek to understand and not to grow these will be my(our) consequences.  We as a the body of Christ must return to seeking after God and not understanding Him.  We are not designed for such things... 
         More and more lately i see this taking root.  within the Christian realm Christians argue doctrine, theology and beliefs.  This not only tears the church apart but it turns our focus onto the laws and this is the exact thing that Jesus condemned the Pharisees for.   It is no longer love that people hold but it is the law and this is the direct result of studying to understand.  If the body of Christ is to function in love we must rid ourselves of this disease and start fresh.  We must learn to love God and then love people.  With this the law was fulfilled and with this our duty will be fulfilled.  

2 comments:

  1. Hey, great post! Striving to love God and others more should be our key goal as Christians.

    Blessings,
    Elizabeth

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  2. Great post. We need to learn to love God and worship Him. The law will be fulfilled. God bless you.

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