Ok, readers/podcast listeners, there was some really excellent discussion that happened at the youth group that I work with. We have begun a series called the GOSPEL Journey (http://www.dare2share.org/gospeljourney) that takes a pretty raw approach to sharing the Gospel story. The way that it get’s people to really think about what they believe and being open to share those beliefs is amazing. I’m offering this space for students and leaders to continue the interaction and discussion that began (and will continue to begin) during our Wednesday night meetings. The amount of discussion that could take place almost can’t because of time contraints. I want those that still have questions or comments to share to be able to bring them here in an open and safe place.
Students: These GOSPEL Journey posts are for you. You can know that I will do my very best to keep this a safe place to interact. If I find something inappropriate for the open discussion I will address that ASAP.
Here’s some key questions to use in continuing the discussion:
- Why do you think God created us to be in absolute fellowship with him?
- How happy do you think Adam and Eve really were?
- Why do you think God only gave Adam and Eve one rule to obey?
OK personally, I felt that much of the conversation was filled with a bunch of willy nilly arguemtns solely based on what people “felt” God was saying or doing. I’m not saying it’s wrong to be curious about things we dont’ understand, but to presume we know all the facts about creation is preposterous. Some things are beyond our finite minds, and its best we accept that and just move on.
Yes, I was trying to communicate that when I made the comment about us never being able to really understand God in everything. The way many Christians are taught growing up is that everything is black-and-white. There is of course absolute truth, those are the things that God commands and the things that He makes very clear in His Word. I think there is always great danger in the interpretations we make when we read the Bible. We have to approach the scriptures with the willingness to accept that we may not understand what we are reading, and not make attempts to “read between the lines”. I think we always have to take a step back from deep study of the Word to take into account the big picture of the Bible. We have to make certain that what we think God is saying fits into the bigger picture.