Week 10 Day 7
Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
Making it clear-
2 Corinthians 2 And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.[a] 2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling.
Humankind has busily been weaving a tapestry of science, myth, truth, supposition and outright deceit into the collective psyche of each and every age of our species. We have, in scripture some very clear and pointed references which although social pragmatists have done their best tp debunk, deny, and obscure, which nonetheless cannot be denied. I have been exposed to any number of “Biblical scholars” who, in reality, function as little more than apologists for secular thought denying any manifestation of spirituality, whether good or bad. I have known still others who, perhaps in learned, and undisciplined credulity tend to see spiritual “bogey men” behind every human action.
The supposedly second century heresy of Gnosticism is far too large an issue to indulge in this context. I would instead make two points to you. I believe the scriptures are the inspired Word of God. Second, I believe as did Peter that “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. (2 Peter 1:3)
Please now, follow this thought. Since Jesus is the Word ( logos) of God, and He is also the Truth ( aletheia), then what he did and says is also reasonably considered to be the truth. Jesus, I do not believe was expressing idiomatically, a belief in spirits when he spoke to the people. He was not just waiting until some future time when in our “great wisdom” we “explained” away anything of a metaphysical nature scorning the clear statements in scripture.
So, what am I saying. Perhaps the best way to approach this conundrum without going down either road of skepticism of Gnosticism would be to regard Scripture, which is the most proven, accurate, openly honest document we have found, as God’s exact representation of the Way, the Truth, and the Life. That means, “in for a penny, in for a pound”. (Ephesians 6)
“There’s a battle ragin’ ‘round me. In a realm I cannot see And I cry “Dear Lord deliver me!” And his Spirit flows, Yes His Spirit Flows. (Walk in the light. 2009 LMLawrennce Music