Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Ambiguity of Jesus

There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.

A new friend sent me an email with a link to an excerpt from John Fischer’s book, [Real Christians Don’t Dance]. The title of the excerpt was [The Ambiguity of Jesus], and at first, I was appalled. For I was equating ambiguity with indifference.

After I went to see just what the definition of ambiguity is, I settled down a quite a bit. For to be ambiguous is to speak (or write) in terms that could have more than one meaning, and this is something that our Heavenly Father had been already pointed out to me. For He had His Holy Scriptures written in such a way that would allow those who would want to go somewhere they shouldn’t to go there.

The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.
 [1 Corinthians 2:14 NIV]

Hence, the problem—even within the Christian community. For far too many base their faith strictly upon our Heavenly Father’s Holy Scriptures, along with the religious traditions of their own particular denomination, while ignoring the counsel of His Holy Spirit.

Again, please understand that I am not seeking to trash our Heavenly Father’s Holy Bible. For it truly is the most precious of all books because it contains the sum-total of His Holy Scriptures, but it was never meant to be employed as a book of instruction—certainly not in the same way as a schoolbook on science, mathematics, nor even history. For it is truly a book full of Spiritual truths that only the Spiritually-minded can correctly discern.

A prime example of that can be found in a paragraph that was left out of the excerpt from Rev. Fischer’s book, which was included in the email I received: His favorite phrase when speaking a public message was "He who has an ear, let him hear". Hear, He used it as an activity—something that some people do with their ears, but not necessarily everyone. Apparently a person can have ears and not hear, and in such a case, Jesus is not going to go the extra mile to get that individual's attention. If people find something else to do with their ears, that's their problem.

Alas, back to my original thought about indifference. For that makes it sound like Christ Jesus could not have cared less about those who did not want to hear what He was telling them.

Since it was left out of the excerpt, I am hoping that Rev. Fischer is getting a little closer to looking at things as our Heavenly Father would have him to, but many “good Christians” would fully agree with the way he first had it. In fact, I was raised to believe that God only cares about those who care about Him.

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.”
 [Revelation 3:20 NAS]

Yes, it is made very easy to naturally think our Heavenly Father is not going to go that extra mile, but what those who want to believe that this is true are missing is that His Holy Spirit is there knocking on the doors to our hearts—even those who have already truly accepted Christ Jesus as their own personal Lord and Savior. For accepting Him as such is like getting married. Then comes the marriage itself, and far too many really don’t want anything to do with that.

“I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked, I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent.”

Be assured that this has nothing to do with living a righteous life. Well, at least not in regards to our own efforts to do so. For that is all in the hands of our Heavenly Father, but what about what He really wants from us?

Jesus said, "For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.” Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?” Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains." [John 9:39-41 NIV]

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Lavender Darwin said...

The older I get, and the more rotten I see the world becoming, the more I can see how there are benefits to retreating into more strict adherence (of an Amish-magnitude) to the Scriptures. I sometimes think that those who take things - to what we consider extremes - actually might have the right idea.

FishHawk said...

Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Lavender!!! Be assured that it will be as it should be in the end. For it is written: It was given power to wage war against God’s holy people and to conquer them. And it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world. Whoever has ears, let them hear. “If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity they will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword they will be killed.” This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of God’s people. {Revelation 13:7-10 NIV}