Don’t you just love people who think they know everything? What? You don’t? Neither do I, but I seem to see know-it-alls at every turn. CNN is full of them. So is FOX or any other station that have pointless political, social and economical debates. People argue and argue, but nothing is ever done to fix whatever problem they’re arguing about. I don’t care what hat they wear. They can’t possibly know everything there is to know about their hat.
You might roll your eyes at all those worldly people, but know-it-alls are all over the Christian community as well. Spreading from about six different movements, there are over thirty THOUSAND denominations! Why? Because Christians can’t just agree to disagree. They’re all under the dilution that they’re right. They can’t ALL be right! Besides, doesn’t Scripture teach unity, not division?
My Bible study brought up a verse that prompted me to think about Calvinism vs. Arminianism. I decided to put on my Research Hat and dive on in. After reading scripture and each theology, I found them both lacking. Each wanted to emphasis one truth over another or just plain ignore a truth altogether.
I don’t think accepting truth is the problem. The issues come when we try to understand the unfathomable. We stretch our feeble brains and reach for answers that aren’t there. WE CANNOT FULLY COMPREHEND THE WORKINGS OF THE ALMIGHTY GOD. It’s just not possible. Why not say, “I don’t know…and that’s okay.”
The Bible is like a whole bunch of puzzle pieces, and each denomination has its own theory on what the finished puzzle should look like. For example, the Bible says we are justified by faith, not works(Gal. 2:16) AND that faith is dead without deeds (James 2:26). Likewise, God chooses us (Eph. 1:4) BUT wants everyone to receive Christ (1 Tim. 1:3-4). Christians don’t so much argue if the verses are true. They fight over the interpretations of these verses and how they all fit together.
I’ve heard that the younger generation is moving away from denominations. I say that's great! Some say that denominations are necessary for churches to organize and get large projects done whether it’s spreading the gospel or helping people. I say cooperation is needed, not denominations. Imagine a world where Christians put their pride aside, agreed to disagree, and just focused on reaching the world for Christ and feeding the hungry and providing for the needy. Wouldn’t that be wonderful??
Okay, okay. I’ll take off my Venting hat now. Thanks =)
Hats off to you, my friend. I will write again, but until then...
hang on to your hat! ;-)