“I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me.” Philippians 3:12
News flash! Unless you belong to a church which believes every word of the Bible is true, especially the creation story, then your church is just a cult. Well, that’s what I was told today by a young man who “found Christ.” As a young Christian I found him vulnerable to the teaching of a small Bible church in which they believe they have the right to judge who is a true Christian or a member of a cult.
Paul stated in Philippians that he is well on his way to understanding Christ. He didn’t do this only by reading scripture, but by observing Jesus and following his teaching. I feel that I am well on my way to understanding my faith, too. I no longer react when judged for my beliefs, and if I were to see the young man again, I’d tell him that reading the Bible is optional. Yes, optional. The Bible educates, enhances and deepens my faith through the writings of scripture.
I can agree with the new believer on one fact: God is powerful enough to do everything in the Bible just as it reads. But I don’t have to hash over how he managed to create the world in seven days. That give me more time to just love and worship God for the results of creation.
Dear Lord, please don’t let Christians destroy the concept of Christianity. Amen.