This is the second post of my blog and I want to highlight the importance of the first.
The first post in this blog is special. It’s a dedication of sorts. None of my own words are in that post and its purpose is to glorify God and to publish again how His Son taught us to live. It sets the tone that will remain the background to all that follows and, ever and anon, the foreground.
I consider myself a conservative, fundamental Christian but the posts to follow will, without doubt, attract resentment, anger, correction, arguments, and all manner of backlash, from those who also think themselves conservative and even from those whom the former would call liberal.
Regardless, know always that I want the truth.
In days past, I put myself in the world’s line of fire saying to myself that if God’s Word is worth believing than God’s Word will prove itself. In many places I accepted the heat of the skepticism about the bible. I went looking for answers and consistently found rational satisfaction in the answers I uncovered and was able to respond with.
I learned a number of things through all of this:
- I learned God loves all of us
- I learned I can read my bible and google anything of concern to me or someone else
- I learned I can find someone else who has had the same question and has published answers or references someone else who has
- I learned the Bible can stand up for itself and stand up to intense analysis and criticism and does so with grace and compassion
- I learned we have built up a religion, rules, and rituals, where there is no need for any
- I learned we have done this because God is beyond full understanding and we have tried to understand him on our own terms and within our own limits
- I learned God loves all of us even when we put Him on trial
- I learned God is amazing beyond all words, poems, songs, theories and philosophies
- I learned that to consider what God has begun with us, His unending, unerring, unrelenting story through us, and His plan to redeem each of us to Himself, us who didn’t deserve at all – I learned that to consider all of this is to know that you have not even begun to know Him.
- I learned God loves all of us in spite of everything we have done to spurn Him
- I learned, therefore, to approach Him as a child, discovering all things as new.
So, as God wills for all that may follow, know that if what I say is controversial, outlandish, outrageous or heretical, I want only the truth.
I want the truth.
I want to glorify God.
I want to show you the bible that declares itself without error.
I want the truth.
And when we know the truth I think we will see that God is given all the glory because He has done something more incredible and more beautiful than we could have ever thought possible.