Friday, January 20, 2012

Always Learning, Yet Never Knowing

I recently received an email from Quora, stating that I had been requested to answer a question concerning the Trinity. I hadn't visited the site in months, but thought I would check it out. Now, I've been on forums before and one thing that I've found both heart-breaking and interesting is the number of  "learned" Christians who have either left the faith or now preach their own, newly discovered, version of it.

These people will have profiles indicating a Seminary education, years of devoted Bible study, parents or even themselves, who are or were, pastors or missionaries. These should be the best of the best, wielding the sword of the Lord with grace and skill, yet they now seem to have jumped ship. What has happened to them? When does someone "learn" that the biblical faith in Jesus Christ has been explained and lived all wrong?

Truthfully, those who no longer claim Christianity disturb me less than those who now have grown passed all of the supernatural and irrational things, that they never really understood or agreed with any way. These are the ones who deny a literal Adam and Eve, the doctrine of the Trinity, the exclusive claims of salvation through Jesus Christ, the existence of Hell, a global flood, the inspiration of scripture, and anything else that doesn't suit their enlightened minds.

If they would remain silent in their error, there would be no concern, but it seems that the more they go astray the louder they become. Many of the conversations on Quora, or other discussion sites, are spent arguing against other "Christians," much to the pleasure of atheists and skeptics alike. The entire fiasco becomes a blot on the testimony of Jesus Christ and his Church.

We must pray for the grace to handle these people with truth and love, laboring that they may be turned from their error, and we must seek to maintain our faith and relationship to God through Christ in all our studies that we not end up like them.

Paul spoke of these individuals in his second letter to Timothy.

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. 
Avoid such people. For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding the faith. But they will not get very far, for their folly will be plain to all, as was that of those two men.
(2 Timothy 3:1-6; 2 Timothy 3:7-9 ESV)

Father, increase our faith!

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