“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, on your own intelligence rely not; In all your ways be mindful of him, and he will make straight your paths.” – Proverbs 3:5-6
All that humans know about the cosmos and philosophy is inconsequential to any faith. It neither proves legitimacy nor disproves it. This is because the cosmos and the seat of all wisdom belong to the Lord.
Ask yourself, who holds the key to your freedom? The Master of the House or your fellow servant whose language you now understand. The servant, at best, may aid your escape but you will never be free. In fact, the authorities will hunt you down as a slave not as a free man. Therefore, only in the Master can you trust. Whatever you and the servant conjure up will never be legitimate. However, what your Master speaks or commands of you will seal your fate. Hence, put your trust in the Master not the servant for you and your fellow servant are but at the whims of your Master.
Remember, humanity is part of God’s creation and so is the cosmos. We only know but a fraction of what the cosmos is or how it works. We are confirming our ignorance and limiting our curiosity if we make conclusions at this point based on what we know. However, we will never know much until we meet with the Master. In this respect, science or the perception of science in a religion cannot confirm that religion to be true. Only in death does a man know. Until then, we live by faith and by grace.
“See to it that no one captivate you with an empty, seductive philosophy according to human tradition, according to the elemental powers of the world and not according to Christ.” – Colossians 2:8
Human speech is endless and with it comes new philosophies and new perspectives on life. Humans have thought different things in history. Most of all they have praised equality when it suits them and demonized it does not suit them. These same humans have praised gods when they are prosperous and cursed gods in times of diversity. These same humans stick to one god in times of certainty but quickly shift to other gods when confusion and chaos reigns in society. I believe that the last set of humans is what we are currently experiencing in the Western world at this time.
However, three things are always constant in these cases. First, philosophies and the nature of the times will change. Two, the need for a Supreme Deity to watch over us may only flicker but never truly wanes. This is why people shift gods as opposed to letting go of the concept of God altogether. Three, the values and principles that God represents and the sort of morality He demands from us fall along a given line. The deviation from this line may be narrow or it may be wide across societies but the basic concept always remains the same.
In this respect, the Bible warns us against shifting goal posts based on human findings, human understanding and/or human philosophy. This is true because God never changes. Why then would changing human traditions inform the god we worship as the legitimate God? New science and new philosophy will always have new things to discover. What we knew yesterday may be irreconcilable with what we know today. What we know today may not be the same as what we will know tomorrow. What we will know tomorrow may again confirm what we knew yesterday. How can the legitimacy of your religion in any way stem from ever-changing human traditions and/or philosophy?
“Thus faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ.” – Romans 10:17
All Christians are to show tolerance, love and humility towards all men of all faiths, creeds and sects for the greatest of all commandments is to do unto others, as you would have them do unto you. The faith of Christianity stems not from men or from science but from the Word of Christ. In this respect, only Christ can determine our faith. We can hear what you have to say, we can contribute to any ongoing debate, we can defend different perspectives but none of it can and should inform our faith. Again, our faith comes through hearing the Word of Christ.
In summary, whatever a Christian hears is inconsequential to his or her faith unless it comes from Christ. Hidden meanings, clever paraphrasing, interesting depictions of events and times, mathematical accuracies, scientific facts and even prophecies in any and all texts do not and should not play a role whatsoever in the Christian faith unless they come from Christ or Christ allows them. This is because the basis of all the scientific facts and mathematical miracles we know is human understanding and what comes from human understanding cannot suffice in religion as something that comes God.
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