Why are we still talking about this? > What else do you suppose is that simple in the Bible? > what did these words mean in the language of regular people like me? > Because the Bible is really that simple if you just let it be...
Why are we still talking about this?
So much of what we read in the Bible is what we put there. When the Bible said something simple and plain, we complicate it by projecting our assumptions onto the very simple words it said.
The Bible had no sooner said “baptize” before religions started bickering over what that means; but if people stopped telling the Bible what it meant for a few seconds, and just listened to what it said, the answer is easy; the word means “immersed”. Why are we still talking about this?
It’s as if I said “the dead must be buried!” and then 2,000 years later, people were to argue about whether I meant “you must have dirt sprinkled on you”, “you must have dirt poured over you”, or “you must be covered up with dirt”.
Which one of these did I SAY? So why are we still talking about this?
I could go on about this for dozens of pages. Words like angel, church, ordination, hell, heaven, trinity, beast, mercy, love, faith, cross, Sabbath, temple, spirit, bread, rock, wind... all of these words, and so many more.
All these must be understood not as doctrines... but as words God used to mean something. And if you want to know what that was, all you have to do is listen.
Christians today think they know too much to listen to what God said. They’re so sure they already know what He’s about to say, they say it for Him; so sure they know what a verse means to their dogma that they can’t hear what it actually says.
But if you are willing to sweep your arm across the cluttered desk that is religion, and go back to the basics of what did it actually say... these things cease to be confusing.
Matthew 11:25 (BBE) At that time Jesus made answer and said, I give praise to you, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have kept these things secret from the wise and the men of learning, and have made them clear to little children.
They cease to be a question worth discussing; they become easy, and obvious, so that every child can see the plain answer God gave us. Because that’s who God wrote them for.
He wrote them for people who would look at His words, see them for what they say, and then look at what other people say, and quizzically say...
“That’s not what it says at all. Why are we still talking about this?”
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If what you read in those lessons isn’t what the Bible says, don’t believe it. If it is, then do what the Bible says.