If it’s important, you can’t debate it. If you can debate it, it’s not important.
For all the discussion and disagreement in the religious world today, my dad used these two sentences to settle all disputes. It is hard to argue that the Holy Spirit would include debatable material in the Bible considering the consequences of a misunderstanding could cost someone their soul. No, the things that are important to our salvation are crystal clear, spoken in plain words that all can understand. God’s love and grace are laid out in such a way that anyone that has the capacity to understand a written sentence can understand the plan of salvation.
Hear. Believe. Repent. Be baptized. Become a Christian (follow Jesus Christ’s teachings)
No muss. No fuss. Not even a prepositional phrase or a pronoun thrown in to confuse things. Saul of Tarsus understood, the Ethiopian eunuch understood, Cornelius the centurion understood. The Gospel was clear to these men with one presentation. (Agreed, Jesus, Philip, and Peter had some power behind their presentations)
So why all the turmoil? Why is there a universal agreement not to discuss religion among friends?
I think it is because we spend much of our religious discussion on things that don’t matter. We want to talk about dinosaurs in the Garden of Eden or if Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” was a speech impediment or some physical handicap. Whatever you think about these issues, I agree with you. Pro or con, it doesn’t matter to me. These things are not going to get me in to or keep me out of heaven.
A debate is used to educate listeners to both sides of a subject. There is only one side to the plan of salvation so no debate is needed.
Posted on Wed, May 17, 2017
by Beth Redden