So Jesus told them, ‘I am not teaching my own ideas, but those of God who sent me. Anyone who wants to do the will of God will know whether my teaching is from God or merely my own. Those who present their own ideas are looking for praise for themselves but those who seek to honour the one who sent them are good and genuine. John 7: 16 − 18.
I have seen it and hopefully I am not like it. People like bits of the Bible especially when it fits in with their own world view. Pressure groups rise up and they seem to represent their calling but if you look deeper they only have ideas based on what they read. They haven’t actually sat down and found out what it really means then, now and in the context of the whole text. You can see the warning signs when they are bringing praise for themselves and patting themselves on the back for being so good. If they write anything, little is said about God, and when they do they say Jesus would support this without any in depth of evidence from the Bible, or take one verse out of context to suite their twisted opinion. This in turn leads to people rejecting the good news of Jesus rather than embracing it based on a negative Jesus never would endorse. We need to think carefully for we are keeping people from Jesus and providing an alternative which leads them far away from God. People use words like ‘truth’ to justify there position, but it is used more as a threat than a real care for others, a kind of statement like, ‘you better change or else.’ This is not the gospel, Jesus never did that with non-believers. Jesus spent time with them, loving and understanding them, and because of that their lives were changed. We who are christians need to support each other and act out of love for each other rather that getting cross and angry when there are differences or a sudden fall into sin. We need to return to speaking and acting like Jesus, and accept that people no longer believe. They will more likely not change on an argument on who is right. And if we examine a lot of non-believers, they often been hurt by christians.
Let’s start afresh and introduce Jesus to people, show a God full of love and grace.