We’re pretty smart…at least we’d like to think so. We humans of the 21st century are convinced that we’ve got the world’s mysteries all figured out. Well, maybe not all of them, but we sure do have an opinion on everything. And while I’ll freely admit that the combined wisdom of mankind in our age is something to marvel at, we really haven’t scratched the surface of what there is to know.
I mention this, because it always amazes me when people try to interject their opinions in matters of religion and Christianity. People say they believe the Bible as the inspired authority and word of God, and then some go about trying to change it to meet their preconceived ideas or needs. The truth is, yours and my opinions don’t really matter at all, at least in the sense of trying to change God’s word. What matters is what God says! We may want to disagree with God’s view on things and say that the times have changed or that we have a better understanding of his word today than people of previous generations. But the truth is, God’s word stands just as firmly today as it did when it was first written down.
We shouldn’t take the liberty to force our viewpoint or interpretation on God’s word. That’s the job of the Holy Spirit. It is He that allows us to understand the thinking behind God’s commands and promises. It’s not fair for me to change those commands if they don’t coincide with the way I’m living my life. It’s not right to add contingencies to God’s plan of salvation and accuse Him of not being loving if He doesn’t follow my advice (Galatians 1:6-9). What we should do is study God’s word for what it says and pray continually that his Spirit will bring us into a better understanding of it (John 16:13).
This is probably most important as I take more opportunities to preach publicly and through this blog. I must always remember, as does anyone who claims to teach God’s word, that it is God who does the teaching, not me (John 7:16-18, James 3:1). I can study and use analogies to convey to others what the Bible is asking of us Christians, but I’m not free to add to or take away from God’s message (Revelation 22:19). He knows far more that I will ever know (Isaiah 40:28). Who am I to challenge the understanding and validity of the one who created me in the first place?
In the end, it doesn’t really matter what I think. All that matters is that God’s truth is proclaimed! All that matters is that He is honored and glorified!