Faith, religion, and beliefs will always be points of contention in our world. These things are at the core of who we are and are all kinds of intertwined in our human psyche and existence.
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People have been arguing and fighting and discussing these issues for ages.
I’ve noticed that whatever belief system people are a part of always happens to be the right one.
I’ve never heard a practicing Buddhist say “you know I think it’s the Hindus that have it right”. Or an Evangelical Christian say “Those Muslims really got stuff figured out”.
When it comes to religion and beliefs people have the tendency to only root for the team they’re a part of.
This is also one of the quickest ways to make sure that your faith is never stretched and that spiritual atrophy will be induced.
For some reason the highest goal in faith and religion and spirituality has become about being the most right.
Should the goal of our faith be to be right?
Is there a difference between seeking truth and being right?
People have been wrestling with this and each other over about this forever. Are we arrogant enough to conclude that over the course of human history we alone are the ones that have the exact right answer?
Within the Judeo-Christian faith there are a thousand different opinions about everything.
It’s like my dad says where 2 or more are gathered there will be 4 or more opinions.
Even if you go back to 1st century Jewish culture, so much of their faith was based on discussing and arguing and not having stock answers for everything. They were ok with the idea of re-thinking and re-examining their frameworks for trying to put language to understanding the divine.
But in the event you’ve determined that the most important thing about faith is to be right let me help you towards your goal.
There are 3 simple phrases Christians can use to always be right about their beliefs and about the Bible, because that’s what it’s all about.
If you ever find yourself bumping up against a new idea or thought or new approach or deeper understanding of something that makes you uncomfortable because you have already figured that thing out please be sure to default to anyone of these responses.
1. God is a mystery.
Job 11:7 “Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty?
See the Bible says it. So the next time someone asks you a question or questions about what you believe and you’re not quite sure what to do about it simply reply…. “God is a mystery”. You win. They can’t argue with that, no one can, that’s the beauty of it.
2. His ways are not our ways
Isaiah 55:8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.
This one kind of piggy backs off the “God is a mystery” thing but it can stand alone as a brilliant comeback. So when your friends ask “Hey what about all the crazy genocidal violence in the old testament?” You are armed with the most brilliant get out of jail free card “His ways are not our ways”. 60% of the time this works every time.
3. Itchy ears Itchy ears.
2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.
This is a personal favorite of mine. If someone challenges you with a new way of thinking about the Bible or reading the Bible or living the Bible, the easiest way to stay right where you are is to start talking about itching ears. “Oh they’re just saying what people want to hear.”
This by far is the most irrefutable comeback in the Christian arsenal. This not only ensures our rightness but it also helps to show how wrong they probably are. Dirty Heretics.