HOPE for the HAPLESS

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12

No doubt …

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The following is reprinted from a thought-provoking post over at Pyromaniacs.  I’m not sure that I would go so far as to say “everyone”, but certainly enough that most of this rings mournfully true.  I know that even in my few short years of ministering I have had more than a few of the charges laid against someone who holds to the Scriptures as the authoritative Word leveled against me personally.  What do you think?  Is this on the mark? Does it go too far? Not far enough?  Have you faced this kind of thinking yourself?

doubt

Have you ever noticed…

  1. everyone who tries to back away from an unpopular Biblical doctrine paints himself as heroic?
  2. everyone who tries to back away from an unpopular Biblical doctrine paints himself as tragic?
  3. everyone who tries to back away from an unpopular Biblical doctrine paints his doubt as different doubt from every other doubter who has ever doubted and come to a bad end from it?
  4. everyone who tries to back away from an unpopular Biblical doctrine insists that his path won’t end up where every other doubter’s path ended? Which is to say…
  5. …everyone who tries to back away from an unpopular Biblical doctrine hates it when the historical and logical progression of doubt is pointed out?
  6. everyone who tries to back away from an unpopular Biblical doctrine paints himself as smarter, deeper, less lazy, and more honest than people who don’t share his doubt?
  7. everyone who tries to back away from an unpopular Biblical doctrine paints himself as humble, while those who point him back to the Word are arrogant?
  8. everyone who tries to back away from an unpopular Biblical doctrine paints himself as nice, while those who point him back to the Word are mean?
  9. everyone who tries to back away from an unpopular Biblical doctrine paints himself as academically sophisticated, carefully nuanced, and wonderfully insightful, while those who point him back to the Word are unenlightened hacks and drooling theological troglodytes?
  10. everyone who tries to back away from an unpopular Biblical doctrine paints himself as courageous, while those who point him back to the Word are bullies and ruffians?
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Author: kenmaher

When I'm not working I enjoy Astronomy, Camping, Comic Books, Epic Fantasy Novels, Games (both playing and designing), Hiking, Juggling, Sci-fi, and building strange things out of pvc pipe. I also enjoy being an honorary pre-schooler with my four great children ... much to their mother's dismay.

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  1. Spot on with this post Ken! I especially sympathize with number 9 as I spend much of my time in an academic setting.

    Of course, I must admit that too often the stereotypes can be accurate. Many of the most vocal Christians are not always the most intelligent or thoughtful. We need to help Christians grow up in their faith and understanding so that they can be living refutations of the “unintellectual” stereotype.

    Bit by bit, I think we biblical Christians are making a comeback. While having a beer with a professor of mine one day, he admitted that twenty years ago he just dismissed biblical Christianity (and Christianity in general) as the faith of, to use your words, “unenlightened hacks and drooling theological troglodytes”. But having had a few intellectual Bible-believing Christians in his classes over the past few years (myself included apparently), he finds he’s no longer able to just dismiss Christianity as nonsense. Too many thinkers have made him question the stereotype.

    We must continue to challenge such stereotypes in the hopes that, eventually, people will see they are simply untruthful. We would do well to remember Peter’s words: “Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good works and glorify God on the day of visitation” (1 Peter 2:12 ESV). Eventually, stereotypes fall apart as they come up against the real thing.

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