So far I have questioned if the serpent in the garden should be considered a personification of the sinful heart of man; if the ‘unique complex of propositions’ posited by Gordon Clark might be considered a better way to define the nature of The Christ than the ‘two natures’ formula set out in 451 A.D. at the Council of Chalcedon as well as defining the ‘person’ of every individual who ever lived; and if the doctrine of ‘free will’ held by most of modern Christianity should more accurately be considered a deception that seeks to remove God from His throne and claim it for self.
These each pose a thought experiment which seeks to find a better way to understand the revelation of God to man which is the Holy Bible. Thus the title “Experimental Theology”.
All that said, the first experiment of 2017 is this:
Why would God NOT want everyone to KNOW what He was teaching? Why would He want some to remain in the dark? He told His disciples:
10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.
Verse 15 is where the question arises! Why would Jesus NOT want everyone to open their eyes, hear with their ears, be converted, and why would He not want to heal them!?? Does this not BEG the Question?: Are we being taught, discipled, given to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of God that are hidden from the rest? Is the church doing its job? or is it just selling religion? trying to distribute this opiate to the masses? Is it doing the Will of God for the Church, or is it fostering the will of man disguised as gospel?
If you think this pot should be stirred, share it on Facebook, Twitter, with your favorite Sunday School teacher.
Thomas Jefferson said it best: Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.
Of course that takes courage. Is there anyone left in church that has that courage?