february 15th - Bible freak
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV)
Last time I checked, my opinion and about $2.00 would get you a plain cup of coffee at the local Starbucks. O, I have a high opinion of my opinion, just ask me; but my opinion is subjective, which is a nice way of saying that my opinion often lacks objectivity. Being the creative thinker as my opinion seems to indicate, I could probably invent a religion that most people would find palatable; maybe, downright fun. At least it would seem fun until a little something called, “The Day of the Lord.”
All sarcasm aside, there seems to be an epidemic of people inventing new personal religions now days. It’s as if a person is at a smorgasbord full of philosophies, religious ideas, self-help books, mysticism, superstitions and humanistic ideals—and they select a piece here and a piece there, mix it all together and “what-do-you-know” a new personal system of faith. And let me stress the word, “faith;” because, it would take a ton of faith to buy into their amazingly imaginative religion.
I am often asked about what I believe. My answer: “I’m a Bible Guy.” If they look a bit edgy, I say, “I’m a Bible Freak!” I start with the Gospels and work my way back to the Old Testament; and then I start with the Gospels and work my way through the rest of the New Testament. Since I claim to
be a follower of Christ, I believe that the teaching of Jesus needs to be at the center of my theology. Since I really don’t have a desire to start a new religion, and don’t want to base what I believe on my own subjective opinions, I decided to simply be a “Bible Guy.”
The Apostle Paul had a high opinion of Scripture. The Bible comes to us like every other thing in God’s creation—God breathed it into existence. His Word will never pass away. His Word is reality. His Word is true. In the words of the good Apostle, "It is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” It properly prepares me for Kingdom work. Wow…I really am a “Bible Freak!”
Author's Notes: I am often alarmed and dumbfounded at what many "self-proclaimed" Christians believe. There are a plethora of books, even in your local Christian Book Store, that are heretical or pointing in a heretical direction. "New, fresh ideas" make money, even if they are theologically lost in space. Time for the Church to return to God's Word. RJD