Handling Truth

Psalm 110; Matthew 22:41–46; John 1:1–18 (read online ⧉)

John calls the Word. In his phrasing, it wasn’t just any or s. was (is) the ual embodiment of God’s s. It’s…strange. It’s…incomprehensible. It’s…impossible. It’s…faith.

When speaks, we’re to listen. That can sometimes be hard. In f, a lot of people throughout history have had a hard time listening to .

Today, we a lot of people say, “I like just fine, I just don’t like his followers.” There is some truth in that, as we followers are broken just like everyone else.

However, often that phrase (or a similar one) is used to shut down the conversation. Many Christians will try to stop the conversation there and try to defend themselves (and/or other Christians). Just like that, the conversation has changed.

This is not to say such people are purposely manipulating things for that. It’s just that when we are defending/protecting our deeper selves, we will do things we don’t think of ourselves capable of.

On the contrary, people such as the Pharisees were very methodical in their approach. They didn’t like ’ followers. Of course, it seems their reasoning was either they (His followers) were being deceived, or because they (the Pharisees) weren’t the ones being followed. They went for to draw his followers away.

In this particular story, (the Word) was attacking or questioning the Word. Yes, we could say he was questioning the interpretation. In f, that is a great point. However, there are Christians today who refute like ’ because they challenge the Word.

This is not a small thing. People question the (the human undertaking of the Word) to this day. In ’ time, it was ually part of the rabbinical school of thought. Not only did they not think it was dishonorable, but the rhetorical questioning and answers were also part of how Jews understood the faith.

If felt comfortable questioning himself (yes, this is a stretch, but a fun one), then why do we freeze when the Word is questioned? When someone says, “I like , but…” Let’s agree that we like , too. Then let’s talk about . We establish common ground (we like ). Then we can talk about .

This doesn’t mean, sadly, that the person is about to be d. Not by a long shot. What it does mean is that we can learn about what they think is great about , and what they know about . The conversation may last years. and the Word can handle it.

※ Prayer ※
God, “Your is a lamp for my feet, and a light on my path.” (Psalm 119:105) Thank you for giving it to me to learn your story and of your desire and love for me. Grant me the and courage to your with others, especially those who do not know you yet. Amen.

※ Questions ※
1) Do you think you have to defend God’s Word? Why or why not?
2) How do/would you defend all the translations that we have of the Bible?
3) What is your understanding of why we (the Church at large) consider the 66 books of the Bible as the True scriptures, and not others?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.