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What jumped out at me was the statement (note: it wasn’t a question. See my last post about McLaren saying that Statements brings about States but Questions brings about quest, it’s about the journey not the destination.) that the bible shouldn’t be taken as a literal map or photograph but it should be a map which is a pointer just as Jesus was not so much the point but the pointer to God who is the point. Hmmmm. What does Jesus say about who the Word of God points to?
Joh 5:39 You examine the Scriptures carefully because you suppose that in them you have eternal life. Yet they testify about me.
Joh 5:40 But you are not willing to come to me to have life.
Joh 5:41 “I do not accept human praise.
Joh 5:42 I know that you do not have the love of God in you.
Joh 5:43 I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me. Yet if another man comes in his own name, you will accept him.
Joh 5:44 How can you believe when you accept each other’s praise and do not look for the praise that comes from the only God?
Joh 5:45 Do not suppose that I will be the one to accuse you before the Father. Your accuser is Moses, on whom you have set your hope.
Joh 5:46 For if you believed Moses, you would believe me, for it was about me that he wrote.
Joh 5:47 But if you do not believe what he wrote, how will you believe my words?”
Indeed, Jesus Christ is the point of the Bible. It is all about him. If you wanted to sum up the Bible in one word, you could do so by pointing to Christ. The Old Testament makes promises about Christ, and the New Testament keeps promises in Christ. [The Message of the Old Testament – Promises Made: Mark Dever]
Also what is said is that we shouldn’t be worried about the here after – the future – but rather the kingdom today! This is NOT what the bible says:
Mat 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon the earth, where moth and rust consume, and where thieves break through and steal:
Mat 6:20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth consume, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
Mat 6:21 for where thy treasure is, there will thy heart be also.
So according to scripture if you have your heart set on the treasures of this world you are kind of worldly by God’s account. Is it any wonder that the commercialised Church has fallen for the health and wealth gospel and the social gospel.
It’s kinda ironic to me that they call this series “Thinkfwd” but say it’s not about the future as much as it’s about the moment! Oxymoron much? McLaren and the other “Think Fwd’s” constantly say … it’s about the journey not the destination, yet contradict themselves when they say it is about the “Now” and it’s about “Today” yet they are on a journey to where exactly???
Oi… they talk in circles 🙂