The MisInterpretation of Truth

I recently read a work of fiction entitled Angelology.  It was a New York Times Bestseller.  There was one paragraph in the book that read, "Seraphina said. 'John said that in the Beginnning there was the Word and the Word was with God.  What he did not say is that in order to be meaningful the Word requires interpretation.  That is our role.'" (p. 176) 

Too often error finds its way past our 'truth sensors' and into our heart because we, as Believers, do not think theologically.  As opposed to what the above mentioned work of fiction communicates, the Word does NOT need interpretation....not the WORD spoken of in the first chapter of John's Gospel.  The Word in John 1 is none other than the person of Christ.  Any interpretation that occurs in relationship to Jesus as the Word is His interpreting for US who His Father is.  John relates in verse 14 of that chapter:  "And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth."  Jesus revealed God's glory to us.

It is Jesus who exegetes God for us.  Further along in the text it reads, "No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained (exegeted) Him."  (John 1:18)  The Word explains the Father to us and our responsibility is to hear and to obey...not interpret...that job has already been done for us by Someone who has firsthand knowledge! 

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“Of Pride & Puzzlement”

Pastor Andy recently led us through the first two priorities of Faith’s Mission Statement.  The first priority is ‘Truth without Compromise.’ While on vacation, I had a wonderful time being refreshed by the books of authors I love to read.  Several things were highlighted in my reading…I want to share only one.  I believe most people would concur that our culture is becoming more arrogant and at the same time more confused about truth.  The arrogance in our culture is palpable and that same culture’s lack of ability to discern truth from error/deception is simply amazing to behold.  Statements such as, “Only God can judge me,” (wording frequently found in the form of tattoos) or “I am not sure if anyone can know ‘ultimate truth’,” are evidence of this disease.  I came across a quote from one of my favorite writers in a footnote in John Piper’s book, Think.  G.K. Chesterton wrote over a hundred years ago (1908), “What we suffer from today is humility in the wrong place.  Modesty has moved from the organ of ambition.  Modesty has settled upon the organ of conviction; where it was never meant to be.  A man was meant to be doubtful about himself, but undoubting about the truth; this has been exactly reversed.  Nowadays, the part of a man that a man does assert is exactly the part he ought not to assert – himself.  The part he doubts is exactly the part he ought not to doubt – the Divine Reason….We are on the road to producing a race of man too mentally modest to believe in the multiplication table.”  (Orthodoxy, Garden City, NT: Double day, 1957), 31-32.  Piper asserts, “The only way pride can be conquered in us is for us to believe in Truth and be conquered by it so that it rules us and we don’t rule it.”  (113)  That is….Truth without Compromise. 

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