(These brief thoughts are adaptions of the information that has been given in the four volume series on understanding the Bible: The Prodigal Paradigm, Acceptable to God without being Saved?, The Grand Spiritual Assumption, and Freedom through the Cross)
To my knowledge the small town in Alabama where I grew up didn’t have any all-you-could-eat buffets. I didn’t come across such a thing until I was dating the gal who later became my wife. Maybe her folks thought that was the only way to fill me up. I have been known to eat ten pieces of fried chicken at a single buffet (which was sorta like Superman and the tall building thing that he was known for).
The Emperor has no clothes on! The Emperor's New Clothes is a Danish fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen and first published in 1837. The story goes like this:
There once lived a King who cared excessively about fine clothes. He loved to show them off whenever he could. One day he heard from two men who were swindlers in disguise. They claimed that they could make the finest suit of clothes from the most beautiful cloth ever seen. This cloth, they said, also had a special quality about it: it was invisible to anyone who was either stupid or unfit for his position.
It occurred to the King that he himself might not be able to see the cloth. And if he couldn’t see it, he would be declaring to all that he was unfit to be King. So the King first sent two of his most loyal and trusted men to see it. Of course, since neither of them wanted to admit that he could not see the cloth. That would be an admission that they were either stupid or unfit to be the King’s loyal servants. So they both praised it.
Jesus did not come start a new Religion. He didn’t come to start Christianity. In fact, the Christianity that exists today is not His idea at all. That is the reason that so many people across this country and around the world are trying to reform it to bring it more into conformity with God’s Word.
Jesus didn’t come to move people beyond the Mosaic Law because it was wrong, or “legal” (which every law, including the Royal Law of Liberty that James mentions, by nature must be!), or inapplicable today. He came, according to His own explicit testimony, to lead people back to God. If our contemporary concepts were used to describe Jesus’ first advent, we would say that He came as a revivalist, not as an evangelist. He came to revitalize peoples’ faith in the one, true God; He did not come as an evangelist intent on starting a new religion and then converting people to it. And He taught His apostles to do exactly what He had come to do and nothing different from it.
We all know Christians who hop from one church to another until they find one that fits them. At some point usually, these Christians find their niche (like the rest of the world’s religious people). They find a group that makes them feel, in the best of senses, warm and fuzzy.
They feel accepted and removed from under the microscope of judgment. They find themselves capable of service and commended for the service they give. They find like-minded people who see the world, understand the Bible, and implement their Christian responsibilities in the same way. While there usually is not 100% agreement on every issue, enough is agreed on to make weekly gathering for worship and Bible study a real pleasure. They have become a part of a larger family.
They are so contented that they have very little inclination to study and discuss the different viewpoints held by other Christians. The group that they have found “works” for them so their interest in discussing alternative views holds little attraction. And part of this complacency arises both from the fact that many are not as knowledgeable as they should be (and they admit it) and from the fact that the issues in question are presented in such a way that the impression is given that a person needs a seminary education to understand and communicate what he believes.
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