Saw this post on See, there’s this thing called biology… insanitybytes this morning, “Not what you know but WHO you know”. insanitybytes22 wrote a glowing review of “Not what you know, but WHO you know.” by Mel Wild. Why? Well, you can read ‘s post and find out. This post explains why I recommend ‘s post.
What is ‘s post about? explains what it means to be a Christian. He deals with an old issue.
Christianity is different because it is not a religion.
Christianity is a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Instead of being about what we must do to be saved, Christianity is about who we must love, trust and obey. ‘s post is the best explanation I have seen of what that relationship with Jesus Christ looks like.
Of course, nothing is perfect. Therefore, whenever I appraise even the most masterfully done work, I have this annoying habit. I look for defects.
Consider how begins.
Eternal life is not about a place, it’s about a Person. It’s not about what you know but Who you know. It’s not based on believing the right things, although believing them is important, it’s about experientially knowing God as our Father and Jesus Christ. It’s participating in God’s very own life 2 Pet.1:4). (continued here)
Curiously, reviews a bunch of doctrine, but he stresses experience, the experience of a relationship with Jesus Christ. Given ‘s own writing, do we really need to stress experience and relationship over doctrine? Don’t think so. So why is doing that? The reason is that we fight over doctrine.
Let’s think about what the Bible is. The Bible is a book that tells us about Jesus. It is from the Bible that we learn about Jesus. Do we see Jesus in other Christians? Yes. Do we experience the love of Jesus Christ through other Christians? Yes. Nevertheless, we know when we are experiencing the love of Jesus because of the teachings about Jesus we gain from the Bible. The Bible provides us doctrinal truths about Jesus, who is the Truth we seek.
Because the Bible is a complex work, we argue about its meaning. That is, we can be separated by doctrinal issues. Whenever possible, we should do what recommends, remember the Truth is Jesus, that we need to keep the focus on Him and His command that we love each other. However, because the Bible tells us about Jesus, we cannot set aside doctrinal issues for the sake of unity or a happy experience, and I don’t think is actually suggesting that.
Consider this passage.
Matthew 10:34-39 New King James Version (NKJV)
Christ Brings Division
34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. 35 For I have come to ‘set[a] a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; 36 and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ 37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 39 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.
Jesus Christ divides us from non-Christians because Christians believe different truths about Jesus than non-Christians. What says about Jesus Christ being the Truth, that our focus must be on Him, is a doctrinal truth. In fact, to experientially know God as our Father and Jesus Christ, we must believe certain doctrinal truths. So read ‘s post carefully, and keep in mind that is actually teaching a doctrinal Truth. To receive salvation, we must know the Truth; we must know Jesus Christ. We must love and trust Jesus Christ as our Lord.
So then, what is the real problem with doctrinal truths? Why does make the point that we should not put our understanding of the Scripture and our doctrinal views higher than the person of Jesus? The answer is that we need to remember that the Bible is about Jesus, not us. We are not suppose to use the Bible for our own purposes. We are suppose to use the Bible so we understand better how to serve our Lord Jesus.