First let me say Questions are great especially in the search for knowledge and wisdom, but there are questions which have neither of these noble quests in mind. I have noticed a rise in questions that are purely for the purpose of an Inquisition. An Inquisition is “an official investigation, especially one of a political or religious nature, characterized by lack of regard for individual rights, prejudice on the part of the examiners, and recklessly cruel punishments.”
There was a man during the Salem Witch Trials whose name was Giles Corey, this brave man refused to plead innocent or guilty. He correctly understood that to answer that simple question was to justify the validity of the Inquisition. For this rejection of a Question which was based in an Inquisition he was killed in a very gruesome manner. Jesus also refused to answer question at his mock trial before Pilot and his accusers, I find it interesting that Satan means accuser in the Hebrew tongue. The Book of Job opening heavenly scene is Satan asking God Questions, the purpose of which was to destroy what was in balance in order to rule in pride.
This brings me forward to the 21st century and in many respects not much has changed with regards to Questions and Inquisitions. The other day I read an article where Mark Driscoll was interrogating another Christian and calling him a coward because he held a different interpretation to the Questions. This kind of stuff goes on all the time especially in religion and politics, both areas where Unity is Vital. For some though the answer is not a question that leads to Unity but rather leads to Conformity, this is the Inquisition I speak about.
One in which a “Christian” goes up to a person made in the image of God, and then asks “Do you know where you will go if you die today?” Is it any wonder that many people see God as the lead Inquisitor, and the Jesus Question as the one you must answer their way or else. What if you asked a person a question in order to learn about them and how you might Unify, but then its just so much easier to view them as Dead and Hell bound.
I encourage you to look at the questions you ask and above all else reject those questions that are based in an Inquisition Mindset. I understand you have been taught this way but my Friend look at Jesus and see another Way.
Truth is Neutral by neutral I do not mean neutral as opposed to what is false or a bold face lie. What is critical when it comes to truth is how it is used and or abused in the hands of man. Truth in the hands of man is neutral until a choice is made as to how it will be used.
A great example of this is when men bring a woman guilty of adultery to Jesus, and want to stone her according to the Truth of the Law. The have decided to use Truth as tool to trap Jesus as soft on the Truth of Law, but Jesus trumps them by demonstrating they are just as guilty. In addition the Truth without the Love of God had made them blind, and worse Truths enemy.
The Truth stopped being neutral and they had chosen to use it to judge others and establish their own self-righteousness. We see that injustice is in fact done with the blessing of Truth in the wrong hands. It’s what gives people cover to view others as less than themselves or bound for Hell. It is unfortunate that many people who know the Truth about Jesus Christ have used that Truth to judge the world God loves.
The other day I watched a YouTube video of two men confronting two Mormon missionaries with the word of Truth, it was a sad misuse of Truth in the hands of the self-righteous. It ended as those kinds of encounters always end with the self-righteous ever more convinced they are Heaven Bound. One of the Comments said something to the effect of how they body slammed those Mormons with the Truth, when Truth becomes a Body Slam something is very wrong.
The church is blessed to have the Truth in scripture, but it has handled Truth in a way that has blinded it. It has been said that the Letter of the Law (Truth) kills, but the Spirit brings life, it is time to get back into the Life business people.
Today I received a call from a Jewish Lady who wants to attend the little church I Pastor. She shared how the Truth shared in Love was very attractive to her and yet she have every intention of remaining Jewish. Then she had a question, would it be ok with me if she remained Jewish and hung out with some Jesus followers. I’ll give you one guess what Truth I told her, Yes I would be honored to fellowship with someone who loved God.
Most conflicts over God whether they be Nations, Churches, or Individuals come down to the god of our UNDERSTANDING. How many disputes come down to a dispute over your Understanding of god, the God mind you who says quite clearly is Beyond Understanding.
un·der·stand·ing Noun: a mental process of a person who comprehends; comprehension; personal interpretation: My understanding of the word does not agree with yours.* *(see Webster)
I understand the desire to learn about God I have a great passion for study, and rare is the day you do not see a new book in my kindle or on my coffee table. What I am talking about is how we take what we have learned, god as we Understand god to be. Then make it something to be defended and debated, or worse the basis for judgment of others who have a different God of their Understanding.
In the time of Christ every city had at least one Temple to The god of Their Understanding. They had much invested in these gods of their Understanding and spared no experience to show their devotion.
What I believe made Jesus Christ and His disciples unique is that they shared The God of Their Experience, and brought that experience with God’s presence and words where ever they went. They literally challenged the gods of people’s Understanding not with a competing a Temple and Priesthood, but rather a movement based in Spirit.* *(see Book of Acts)
A very wise Pastor* *(see Bob) once told me that a man’s spirit always desires that which is higher spiritually, that spirit always takes you higher and deeper. So these people who merely had a god or gods of their Understanding where spiritually starving to death. The One True God looked upon this with understanding and mercy,* *(see Romans 2) also seeing that His Temple and Priests did no better with the god of their Understanding.* *(see Acts 15)
Ok so lets fast forward to the state of this movement of the Spirit of God today, and what do we see? We see a Church divided not by how much we love and care, but rather divisions over the dod of our UNDERSTANDING, UNDERSTANDING has become our god, little g intended.
So in an age where information can’t be controlled and the capacity to understand is available to more and more people.* *(see Google et all) In fact this age has made all mere Understandings of god equal players on the field of the mind, and followers of Jesus just another debate team.
Drive around any town in America and you see Temples again built for the god of their Understanding. I will add though that this is far superior to many places around the world where only one god of Understanding is allowed. * *(see Saudi Arabia et all)
We must move beyond the god of our Understanding if we are going to move beyond the place where Rome was, before it was conquered Spiritually by The God of Jesus , where the experience of Love ruled and God was known Beyond mere Understanding.
We are starving, I am starving, and the god of our UNDERSTANDING will no longer do. The next move of the One True God’s Spirit must and has to be BEYOND Mere UNDERSTANDING!
The Islamic, Zen, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, and Anybody JESUS.
The other day I made a New Friend in Saudi Arabia and it has prompted me to meditate harder in an area I was already flowing in.
Our form of Christianity in America and therefore how we reflect JESUS to the world is to over the top, in your face, bigger is better.
Everything about Faith in America is a Circus with various ringmasters, introducing ever more elaborate acts. Its all sound and fury, shock and awe, intended to say in its own kind of way “who’s your Daddy?”
Now in a world where people walk a little more humble buy several magnitudes to the power, we need to seriously challenge and deconstruct how we Market JESUS.
So I have a Question that I hope will lead to some creative Spirit led thinking.
That question is what does
I want to look at all the ways we tell people how to become followers of JESUS, because and let me be honest here we are dropping the ball big time people.
Let me drop a few ideas into the lap of our consciousness and see what evolves.
What if we encouraged people to know a Father God who according to JESUS is a lover, but we let them do it in secret?
What if we taught them that loving each other in public was the only Confession they needed?
What if we only had to share the Sermon on the Mount with them?
What if we encouraged them to baptize themselves in the privacy of their own homes, whether that is Saudi Arabia or Tokyo Japan? Only with a great cloud of angelic on lookers, in the presence of the Living God?
What if we required no understanding of theology at all, just JESUS introducing them to a Loving God through the Spirit?
What if we did not demonize their Holy Books but told them Love is the only voice to listen to, and if they heard any teaching against love to pray for that person?
What if we built no more churches but became the Body of Christ behind the scenes like Dark Matter in the Universe?
What if we trusted the Spirit of the living God and de-institutionalize this thing called Evangelism?
What if JESUS is the Savior of the world and we have it all wrong, because we are trying to keep our church and theological systems alive?
What if we told people they could go to any place of worship and have a secret as Mary did, deep in their hearts?
What if this changed the world from the inside out?
More to come…