We all like to be in control and like to understand what is going on. Often reading the Bible we come to some verses that shake our foundation of what we believe. One of the responses to that is fear. In this weeks lesson we are learning how fear can rob us of the mystery of God.
This is part 4 of the Series: Fear: The Death of the Modern-Day Saint. Read part 1,2,3
Fear takes away the Mystery
We fear the unknown.We fear that we can't explain how the God we have pictured in our head would allow such questionable verse in the Bible. We fear that if we can't explain it then we can't convince anyone else to follow our God. So in order to conqueror those verses we can't explain, we make up traditions and explanations to try and explain the mystery away and to make ourselves comfortable.
We also pick and choose the verses to base our faith off of.For someone who loves the idea of grace they view the rest of the Bible through that view. For someone who thinks God is full of Judgment and wrath they navigate through the Bible and apply that view to the rest of the Bible.
We each pick and choose which verses we think applies to our life. The practices of others that is not what we practice. We often attribute those people to just being weird even though the bible says that these things can and have happened before. We are not comfortable with what the bible says so we change it to fit our world and to our own understanding. We start to believe that certain things are off limits. That even maybe our God has changed between the old and the new testament.
James 1:17: Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
Explanations are made to deal with the mystery.To give you an example of what I mean in order to limit the practice of some Christians an explanation is given to something that no one actually knows what it is.
1 Corinthians 13:8: Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.There is an argument that is based on one word in the bible that does not have a definition "the perfect". Some believe it refers to the second coming of Christ to others it is meant to mean the Bible. No one actually knows what it is they just assume it is the other. For those who assume it means the Bible then those religions and traditions teach that speaking in tongues and prophecy is dead. To those who see it as the second coming of Christ the speaking of tongues is a common practice. Who's right, no one actually knows.
How to stop limiting God and the Mystery of God.So when you read the Bible let me challenge you to step out of the bounds that your religion or personal practice allows to see the mystery of the scripture as a good thing. It means that our God can't be completely explained by humans. That there is still much to learn and to explore with the help of the Holy Spirit.
Exodus 15:11: "Who is like You among the gods, O LORD? Who is like You, majestic in holiness, Awesome in praises, working wonders?