Reductionism is Killing the Church

bible-06Christians should trend toward complexity in their thinking and not toward reduction-ism. We live in a dumbed-down world where we get all our information from the internet, instead of actually thinking.

The greatest mystery ever given to the human race is the gospel.  The gospel is presented in the most simplistic terms, but yet it has so much depth and that depth is permeated throughout the bible. So simple a child could receive it, but yet it has complexity that a person could spend their lives studying every facet of the gospel and never exhaust the knowledge that can be found from it.

The language of the the gods is math. The bible is full of mathematical anomalies and is full of encoded information. Jesus was crucified on the third of April in 33 A.D., He died at 3:00 in the afternoon, He was 33 years old, He rose from the grave on the third day, He began His ministry in Galilee which is a region crossed by the 33rd parallel, He rode into Jerusalem and was hailed as King and the son of David who ruled over Jerusalem for 33 years, He was 33 years old.

Symbology is a matter of intent.  Symbols by themselves are not inherently evil, it’s the use and/or formation of these symbols that determine whether they are intended for good or evil.  A pentagram is essentially a star, a geometric shape, however it is often used to represent Satanism. However, we can get so locked in to a dogma that we can paralyze people with it, that we can no longer have a star on a Christmas tree, which is intended to represent the wise men who came to see the new-born Christ, but Christians use their narrow thinking to put people in bondage over it.  The evergreen tree has long been a symbol of Christmas, however now people claim that this same tree was once used in Pagan rituals.  So what?  It’s not the symbol that’s evil, it’s the intent behind it.

Many Christians have this attitude that they know more than others, or have secret knowledge that others don’t have, and they use it to create divisions amongst the flock. You find people arguing about doctrines, and ideas found in the bible and if two people can’t agree on one little aspect of their doctrine, they split and go their separate ways, which is exactly what the enemy ultimately wants to begin with. People tend to pick and choose certain parts of the bible and use it to support their particular doctrines, but when they do that, they have to ignore other parts.  Now either the bible is full of contradictions and can’t be trusted, or could it be possible that we do not yet fully understand the complexities of these seeming contradictions? Even people that exist within my own particular brand or flavor of Christianity seem to ignore the scriptures that either don’t support the doctrine, or seem to invalidate it. I will be the first to raise my hand and admit that I too have been guilty of this.

We can all take one passage of scripture and build a doctrine around it, but when we do that, we are likely to be very wrong about the full scope of the knowledge that is contained within its pages.  The bible tells us to “Study to show yourselves approved of God”.  Does this mean we find one passage of scripture and decide whether its figurative or literal, and then build an entire doctrine around it?  No, it means that the knowledge and wisdom is spread throughout the old and new testaments, and it requires careful study of its pages to fully understand the message.  It also requires constant seeking of God, and asking the Holy Spirit to show us what’s going on.  I suspect that many of the “flaky” doctrines come about because the subscribers and creators of said doctrines aren’t seeking the Holy Spirit for help, and knowledge, and rather simply taking everything at face value and relying on their own intellect to understand it. This is sad because the bible cannot be intellectually understood, but rather it is a spiritual book, and it intentionally forces the believer to seek God to help interpret its secrets.

I think that there is this fear that if we can’t comprehend the bible intellectually, that some evil spirit is going to twist and corrupt our thinking.  I think that kind of fear has only hindered the growth of many Christians rather than promoted it. Yes, a person can be deceived, yes we have to weigh what we hear in our spirit with whats written in the pages of the bible, yes all of that is possible. However, the bible teaches us that a real Father is not going to give a stone when a child asks for bread. So when we ask Jesus to fill us with His Holy Spirit to overflowing, we have to trust what Jesus taught the disciples on the day of ascension in Mark 16 and Acts 1. Jesus called this infilling of the Holy Spirit a gift, and we should all want it. Peter said that this promise is for you, and for all those who are far off.  This means no matter where you are or what time period you live in, this promise is for you.  All you need to do is to accept Jesus as your Lord, and then ask Him to fill you to overflowing with His Holy Spirit, and Jesus will respond accordingly. This is not something to be feared, because if we truly believe we are saved, and believe in the risen Christ, then there is nothing to fear in this.

There is also the lie based on one line in 1 Corinthians 13 that I’ll paraphrase when Paul said, “When that which is perfect has come, all these things will be done away with.”  And so you have all these people looking at that and saying that the gifts of the Spirit are no longer needed because we have the perfect unadulterated Word of God to teach us.  Well this flies in the face of the words of Jesus who said that there will come a day when we will no longer need anyone to teach us, that the Holy Spirit would be our teacher.  Who is right? The people who perpetuate these false doctrines, or Jesus Himself?

The scope of scripture is far grander than one person’s narrow-minded thinking, that only what I can interpret intellectually from the pages of the bible is the truth, and that we need to ignore our spirit, ignore the Holy Spirit who is constantly trying to help us and show us all truth, and not just the truth we cherry-pick from its pages. I write this not to be critical, but rather to open your eyes, and broaden your thinking a little bit. If you want to stay inside your little intellectual bubble, then so be it, I’ll support you all the way.  However, if you want more depth, more insight, more knowledge than what can be gleaned by simply reading from an intellectual level, then I invite you to ask Jesus into your heart, and make Him your Lord and Savior, and then ask Jesus to fill you to overflowing with His Holy Spirit.  I promise you, you will never be the same again.