Saving The Baby From the Bathwater (#491)
When you've discover that you've been misled by the abuse of theology and leadership, it is easy to discard anything that reminds you of your former bondage. In fact, it may be part of the journey to discard it all and let Jesus re-introduce it to your life when you can appreciate it as a gift, rather that frustrate with it as an obligation. One of our listeners adds some puzzle pieces to our conversation about theology and after teaching for a week in Lake Tahoe to a mission school, Wayne wanted to share a bit of his experience there and Chapter 18 from the audiobook of Finding Church to refocus on what Jesus meant by putting older brothers and sisters alongside us to be a blessing on this journey, not to burden us down.
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Another thought-stimulating podcast Wayne!
I remember when I was heavier into Bible study, I obtained a copy of a Bible with four different translations, so that I could adapt my reading along to whatever translation was being preached by whatever pastor/teacher I was listening to at the time. I wasn’t so much concerned about it being the ‘correct’ translation, but there seems to be enough differentation among the translations that there are times of incompatibility. Add in the Message translation, and then in most Institutional Church settings at least, you would fall completely off the rails from what was being said.
I once heard a pastor remark ‘Its not the passages of Scripture I don’t understand, its the passages I do, that bother me.’ How true! Generally its because I don’t line up with whatever is being said. And then there are those that claim that ‘there are no absolutes, everything is relative.’ Personally, I don’t believe that to be true.
When Jesus said ‘I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, no one comes to the Father but by Me.’ , for example, that is an absolute statement. But that doesn’t mean you have to believe it, or even follow it. Many don’t. Its when we take an absolute statement, and say it is the truth for everyone, that many people flick the ‘off’ switch.The conversation is over. And there is no relationship. Love indeed wins out over truth.