Sometimes They Got It Wrong, So Do We; And That’s A Problem!

Humans, even those in the Bible, sometimes gets it wrong–But God Never Does!

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There is a crisis in our culture. Duh! The cause of this crisis? Well, that’s where things get dicey and heated. I may loose a few “followers” (that’s OK, just keep following Jesus) with the next few thoughts; but I believe I have uncovered the roots of this present crisis. To overcome a crisis one cannot deal with the surface issues but get to the root cause. Failure to get to the roots is like breaking off a dandelion on the surface but never extracting its roots. The dandelion will come back and bring all its cousins.

We read the Bible through a set of lenses provided by opinions–both our own and those of others. The result is we do not see Truth. We accept that it is true, but we never Discover THE Truth. And the results of such a view is. . . chaos, discord, disarray, turmoil, pandemonium, and anarchy. People are muddling through life angry, disappointed, unruly, distressed, disillusioned, disgruntled and add your own synonym here. So how do we unsnarl this mess of yarn? See the Bible for what it truly is; not what we think it is!

The Bible is a book full of human stories. Each story is unique; each story is the same. In these very human stories we find people who sometimes get it right–the rest of the time they get it wrong. But we read it is as though they were perfect saints issuing to us perfect edicts. But sometimes they got it wrong.

Abraham and Sarah got it wrong when they came up with their plan.

Moses got it wrong when he struck the rock instead of speaking to it.

David got it wrong when–where do I begin with this guy.

Solomon got it wrong when he tried to find the purpose of life outside of God (See Ecclesiastes). Just a small sampling from the Old Testament.

Even in the New Testament, some got it wrong; I’m not talking about Judas or Peter’s denials. Yes, even Paul got it wrong sometimes. Now that I’ve raised the hair on your neck with such a statement, I’ll show you some examples (This is where I may lose some followers, but I’m OK with that because I’m a “Follower” of Jesus) where Paul got it wrong. Paul, who had been the champion of the Gentiles and insisting they did not have to be circumcised, had Timothy circumcised. Paul who claimed citizenship in the Kingdom of God, played his “Roman Citizenship Card” in Philippi and insisted on an apology from the city officials. In Athens, at the Acropolis he preached without ever mentioning the name of Jesus. Enough about Paul’s getting it wrong.

Now, I am not revealing these character flaws to diminish their accomplishments; truth is, I find hope in their flaws because if God used them in spite of those flaws, He can use me. No, my purpose is to make this point:

Humans, even those in the Bible, sometimes gets it wrong–But God Never Does!

The stories of those “saints” in the Bible are that, stories; stories that reveals their ups and their downs. But they also reveal the faithfulness of God who never gave up on them.

Progressives want to take the fact these “saints” were sometimes wrong, so there must be other places where the Bible is wrong. Thus, we are free to figure out, on our own (boy, is this a disaster waiting to happen!) where else the Bible is wrong; especially in the realms of the role of women in the church, drinking, marriage, divorce, the meaning of church, politics, nationalism, and sexual ethics, just to name a few.

We need to see The Bible for what it really is: Stories of flawed human beings in the process of being restored by the Flawless God. There are things in the Bible that humans said that are sometimes Truth; and sometimes flawed. BUT. . . whatever God says is NEVER flawed. Look at the example of the Bereans in Acts chapter 17. They looked, studied, talked and did all that again and again. And Luke called the “Noble People”. Man, do we need some Noble People today!

Think about the California Gold Rush; how many people walked by looking in those streams but never saw that there was gold just lying there waiting to be discovered. It was there all along but you needed to work to get it; sifting through all the other “stuff” to get those nuggets. Now, more than ever we need to become Bereans and Gold Prospectors who will take the time and energy to sift through the “stuff” to find the nuggets of Truth. And that Truth will not be found through the eyes of others nor even through our own eyes.

We need the Holy Spirit to help us “see” the difference between the human flaws and His Eternal And Unchanging Truth! There are standards God has clearly given; but we may never see them using the wrong lens. But we can find The Truth even in the middle of this muddle of 21st Century Culture. This is possible if we commit to the effort through our time and energy under the direction and authority of the Holy Spirit to “pan for the gold” that is always there.

If I have made someone mad with this post, oh well. But. . .if this post is prompting and prodding you to open that Bible in a new light, with different “eyes”. . .you’re welcome.

Love God with all your heart. Love others the way Jesus loves you. And make sure ALL the glory goes to HIM!

8 thoughts on “Sometimes They Got It Wrong, So Do We; And That’s A Problem!

  1. Great post, brother! I’m going to share it.

    Oh, I do believe Paul got it wrong a time or two, but I’m not positive the ones you mentioned were ones I’d contend with. Regardless, we agree on the main point – he was a human.

    But God is God, not man.

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      1. For the record, I believe that it is arguable that Paul messed up when he agreed to go with the four men to the temple to complete their vows (Acts 21). In order to “fit it,” I believe, he agreed to James’ suggestions and did something that was meant to appease the Jews. What’s worse, he did it with the intent to actually participate in a sacrifice (21:26). It there could have been any time to show that Jesus was the final sacrifice for sin, for purification, for anything, this would have been it! Yet, he went along with the plan which led to his ultimate arrest.

        However, here’s where the true grace and sovereignty and wisdom of our Mighty God and King comes into play. Even though Paul may have done something that was arguably wrong (messed up), God was not caught off guard, and His plans for Paul were not curtailed. Because our God is never out of control, even when He allows us free will, He can bring about His plan despite our “mess ups.” That’s because He’s God!

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  2. I see no evidence that Paul was wrong in any of the three cases you cited. Timothy was half Jewish and circumcising him was necessary so other Jews would accept him. Paul’s insistence on an apology would help ensure that the city would respect the freedom of others to preach the gospel. He might not have mentioned the name of Jesus in Athens but he laid the foundation so others would understand who he was. God never indicated he was wrong in any of these cases so neither should we.

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    1. Points well taken Clyde. But Paul had Timothy circumcised in deference to or because of the Jews. Instead of insisting on his rights as a Roman Citizen in Philippi, he could have counted it all joy to suffer for Jesus–which he does later on. And without mentioning Jesus in Athens he had “some” success–but not like he had when he focused on the Message of Jesus.

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