Upgrading our Christian Beliefs

There are 56 events recorded in the Old Testament that are called “miracles.” Some well known like the parting of the Red Sea, some not so well known like the consumption of the sacrifice in 1st Kings Ch. 18.

 What would it mean to your personal christian belief system if you were to learn that none of these events were actually historical fact but were embellishments aimed at emphasizing the importance of certain occurrences in the history of the Hebrew people?

 Many church professionals believe that if you and I were to learn that those so called miracles were not really miracles after all that such knowledge would cause you and me (the people in the pews) to throw up our hands and say, “Well, that’s it. If those “miracles” aren’t really “miracles,” I quit ! I can’t be a Christian anymore !”

 Well, I don’t— for one minute— believe that that is what any one of us would do. Most of us are adults – and have been for several years – and I believe we can intelligently process adult information without undue trauma.

 But, believe it or not, for the better part of the past three hundred years, many in the church hierarchy have purposefully withheld items of information (miracles being just one of them) from the people in the pews, on the assumption that we can’t handle such knowledge. . . . I totally disagree.

 I believe that if the church is going to survive in the 21st century, then all knowledge that the church has, about church doctrine, must be shared and known by all Christians.

 When we were children, it was  appropriate for us to be taught as children. And as adults it is appropriate for us to taught, and treated, as adults.

 You and I support the church with our time, our leadership, and our resources because we believe the church is vitally important to the well being of all humanity. And we want to see the church grow and flourish.

 We should hope that sometime soon, the church will begin to share all it’s knowledge, . . . the doubts, the questions, the certainties and uncertainties. . .  that it has been reluctant to share with us in the past.

I believe when the church becomes intellectually honest with you and me—the people in the pews, and the world at large—about our Christian beliefs, it will once again flourish and grow as a vital part of our postmodern society.

 That’s what I believe.

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