Tuesday, October 13, 2020

The Web of Truth and Protestants Being Dumb

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

I do not know whom is to blame in Protestantism that gave off the impression that ONLY the Bible was worthy of being read for wisdom and Truth.

I think it was more in the Catholic tradition that I should had been born into to have a greater appreciation for the Philosopher. Aristotle was never mentioned in my Protestant upbringing. It's almost as though Protestants wanted to delete from memory any author that existed after the Bible was written until the time that Martin Luther was so "enlightened" to start the Reformation.

Complete bull shit, and I'm frankly a little pissed I've been lied to.

In all likelihood, it was most likely out of ignorance.

I was raised in the Charismaniac arm of Protestantism. Not quite to the level of speaking in tongues, but we hung out a lot and a lot of people around me did. I just wasn't in churches that went so far as to say that if you don't speak in tongues then you don't have the Holy Spirit (though I went to a lot of their mega events and were friends with people who went to those churches).

I cringe at the intellectual rigor of their preaching. I kid you not, there would be "preachers" talking about how they would see the number 12, and then they would see a Chapter with that number, and a verse with that number and somehow that was supposed to be some kind of revelation from God because at the 12th hour on the 12th day of the 12th month, something happened that reminded them of that verse.

I quickly found myself getting bored of these speakers once I got past their delivery. It took me a while to see past their rhetoric, but once I did, there was nothing left to sustain me, and I became disinterested. I just couldn't really put my finger on why I was so disinterested. I thought it was something deficient in me. I tried faking my interest as long as possible, but couldn't manage.

I recall the above verse being used to be part of the circular-logic on why the Bible was true. By then, I understood the writing order of the New Testament and the methods in which the New Testament was created into Canon, so I obviously challenged this erroneous logic. Unfortunately, in the Charismatic circles I was in, I was usually the only one who had half a brain or better knowledge of the history to be able to understand why their "proofs" made no sense.

I recall being in college and being in mild surprise that the entire Bible did not fall from heaven at the same moment. I knew that the books had different authors, but I just never made that kind of connection. There were never any sermons that used the historical and meta components of Scripture to help provide evidence or illustrations of its Truth. It was just the Bible proving itself to be True. There were rarely any outside references that demonstrated that the Wisdom in the Bible was True.

If anything, it was a lot of silence and awkwardness regarding the parts of the Bible that conflicted with the liberal, Seattle culture I was in. We just sort of ignored those parts.

What I have found immensely beneficial and reinforcing in my faith in the Truth of Scripture and Christ, is reading non-Christian literature and philosophy. Since God is Logos, then obviously, you will be able to see the Truth in non-Christian writings. It's as though I'm reading the Gospels in The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius. Everything I am reading is always with the Gospels in mind. When I read even the great works of fiction, I see the Gospel.

I certainly see sin. But I see how the Gospel is even more true in light of the sin often being described in these books. Fiction or non-fiction.

All points to the glory of God.

The glory and revelation of God is even greater than merely the Bible.

It is like a great tapestry being weaved through time. And when you step back over the thousands of years of writers, you can observe all the threads working together, which only illuminates the Bible even more revealing its Truthfulness. 

In a more intellectually lazy way, this was done in the movie, The Matrix. When it came out I was in college, and small groups were popping up everywhere trying to use the imagery and plot as metaphors to Christ. This was no accident, as the The Wachowskis explicitly took imagery and themes from Christianity into their story. Unfortunately, you can't do the same with literature as people were already fairly illiterate. They are probably even more so now today with the war against History.

And I'm reminded of another cringe worthy Charismaniac saying: 

History is "HIS story." 

Yes, but they were so historically illiterate and probably still are.

I am now drawn toward Latin Mass. I want to be plugged into this revelation of Truth that has been going throughout history and not just the latest, heretical Hillsongs hits and some preacher droning on about personal, anecdotal stories that last 55 minutes while the actual Bible reading was 5 minutes. At this point, I'm probably more intellectually read and knowledgeable than most of these pastors anyway and will discover that they spend most of their Sermon trying to explain why the section from the Bible they read means the exact opposite of what it clearly says.

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