Rightly dividing the word of truth

In the past I would have immediately dismissed the contents of this website as ‘foolish questions’, ‘contentions’ or ‘vain babblings’ (Titus 3:9) and would have promptly labeled the questioning ‘unprofitable and vain’ (2 Timothy 2:16). In doing so, however, I would have been discounting the New Testament’s plea for Christians to rationalize or defend their beliefs.

For example, in the epistle addressed to Timothy the author urges his readers to ‘study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.’ (2 Timothy 2:15) Similarly, Peter challenges his readers to ‘be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you’. (1 Peter 3:15)

But how can one rightly divide the word of truth if only ever exposed to one side of the argument?

In the vein of these two prominent christian figures, I challenge you to actually think about these questions and formulate an answer for the hope that is within you. Ask yourself honestly what the discrepancies, irresolvable differences and contradictions in the Bible actually mean. Ask yourself what are the implications of an erroneous Bible?

As briefly outlined in the introduction, my journey has involved the rejection of creationism, Jesus as divine, the Bible as divine and inerrant, tongues as a sign and the existence of a personal God (specifically the God described in the Bible). It’s one thing to emotionally reject this site and these questions because they contradict what you “know” is true – but it’s another to actually reject these questions intellectually after examining the issues raised. And surely more satisfying? Wouldn’t you emerge a better informed Christian with stronger faith?

Finally consider Paul’s criticism to the men of Athens who were superstitious and worshiped their God in ignorance:

 For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what I am going to proclaim to you. Acts 17:22-23

 

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