I have recently joined a facebook page of a regarded and published theologian, and I am really interested in their discussions and how they formulate their opinions on interpreting their actions, ministry and behaviours as a result.
Many of these people commenting are preachers and many clearly have in-depth theology study and yet they are all disagreeing with each other, and they all believe they are right, and which Bible verses and doctrine they use to decide that.
Which just goes to show, that you can indeed interpret the Bible anyway you like, pick out any Bible verse you like and go with that.
41,000 denominations of Christianity in the world. Wow.
That’s a lot of people, getting a lot of what God wanted us to know – wrong, and who knows who is right???
I’ve put my very un-theologically sound views in there, which surprisingly has been welcomed by some – but I think hey – if they are all arguing with each other and getting a little personal with each other in some of their opinion, I might as well interject with some psychology based opinion too. Of which some have agreed with, men included.
The debate currently ongoing is about women preaching – a huge no-no for many Christians. Yet Jesus did not make this matter clear, it was not a focus for Him, so is it a big issue for God???
And I like to consider ‘why’ some ‘men’ feel so strongly about women not leading in Church’s and preaching to mixed congregations, and I know ‘some’ – not all – of this is down to ego and narcissism and I see it clearly in some preachers.
Then there was a comment about some women wanting to preach, who want to emasculate men and are driven out of selfishness and feminist idolatry. I couldn’t resist putting my view that there are also male preachers who don’t treat women appropriately so ‘let no man preach driven by authority/ego/selfish ambition either’. To which to person, replied ‘absolutely’.
I have watched them all get tied up with their deep theological knowledge, which still conflicts with each other – over something that is not clearly spelled out and there are Bible verses to sway this argument either way….
I also suggested maybe this male dominance/women oppression issue, is a leftover form Jewish male dominance/society/idolatry – just like many religious ideas and idolatry still existing in Christianity. I have a feeling that comment won’t go down well…
I have no desire to be a preacher, no desire to lead in Church, in fact I can’t think of anything worse for me. But, I don’t see a compelling argument either way and all the theologians can’t get it right and agree.
But, I do like seeing all their views and thinking about them and seeing some of their confusion, some of their rigid religious beliefs and some of their..well… silly arguments.
Cognitive distortions are responsible for some of it, religious idolatry responsible for some of it, narcissism some of it, ego some of it, doctrine some of it, peer pressure some of it and some is just well…stupid.
But, they all believe they are individually right.
I have no doubt some of them will feel I shouldn’t comment – due to my lack of theology knowledge – but guess what – even when I do, would I still be like them – arguing my theology, when there is far more to every debate in Christianity, than scripture interpretation?
Wisdom, doesn’t always come with deep theology knowledge and that’s why they are all arguing!
My aim, is just to make them think a little – outside of their theology box.