Phil Rehberg, a regular contributor to the CPD blog nails it again as he talks about "Courage to embrace the unpleasant truths of Scripture." Do I like everything the Bible has to say? No. But I accept everything the Bible has to say because it is the truth. And the challenge
This morning I was reading a book by a famous spiritual formation author. In
So I searched the book (with the Kindle search function) for the words “sin” or “repentance” and they were not found. I could not find a mention of the final judgment of God on human lives.
Consider why people who call themselves Christian leave these ideas out. These truths are the “unpleasant” truths of God. We don’t like them. We don’t want to say them. We don’t want to say them to others or put them in writing. We are afraid that we will sound like one of those shrill and harsh preachers of condemnation. We will be unpopular.
And yet these unpleasant truths are essential to our freedom and restoration in Christ. They are good truths. Consider some of the major unpleasant truths of Scripture:
- Humans are naturally corrupt.
- Our corruption means that all humans are spiritually separated from God.
- Jesus is the only way to overcoming our corruption and reconnecting
- God will judge everyone’s life according to the standard of perfect love and pass sentence.
- The majority of people will go to eternal destruction. (Mt. 7:13-14)
Can any of these truths be left out of our teaching and understanding?