News for some

I’m not one for literal interpretation of Scripture. I don’t for a nanosecond believe that the universe and all its wonders, including dear old homo sapiens sapiens, were created in six 24-hour days as we understand hours and days.

I’ve also got not a few problems with a literal interpretation of many miraculous events described in the Bible, both Old and New Testaments. That doesn’t mean I deny the truth of the Bible: that God works his will as he will. That we are given only a (very) limited glimpse of the almighty. Through a lens darkly, as the saying goes…

That said, there are some passages in Scripture that state a simple and obvious truth. Which require a good deal of ‘splainin’ to deny the plain meaning of the words. What I like to call “black-letter Scripture.”

Such a verse is 1 Timothy 2:5-6:

For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men – the testimony given in its proper time.

One mediator. Not a priest. Not a bishop. Not a pope. Most certainly no other human being, as holy and worthy as he or she may be in God’s eyes.

We Christians are a priesthood of believers. Each of us free to ring up the almighty and chat. No operator to go through. Just us and him.

This has its problems, when some of us believe that God has told them certain things for which there is no logical explanation. For example, when some of my fellow Baptists insist that if we don’t use the 1612 King James Version to the exclusion of all others, we shall surely go directly to hell, do not pass Go, do not collect anything. Yeah, all you NIV and English Standard Version readers are doomed. God’s word can only have been translated using Elizabethan English.

The point is that without some checks and balances that have been provided by elders, priests, and others, there are many errors that we can fall prey to. That’s the risk of trying to talk directly with God.

But being a Christian means being a creature of God; looking to him as a father, as the Father. And praying that we’re on the right track. And this is worth the chance of error: for who says that those who mediated between us and God are without error?


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