My Thoughts. . .

Monday, October 28, 2019

Assumptions?  The dictionary states: “a thing that is accepted as true or as certain to happen, without proof.”  Assumptions may be a dime a dozen, but most are given away without charge.  Assumptions may be free, but not always acceptable.  Assumptions may be good or bad.  There is a possibility that an assumption may be true, but it could be embarrassing or costly!  A passage in scripture may receive multiple assumptions, with none being correct.  Some assumption possessors believe theirs is true and you need to possess that truth in order to please God!

John was immersing people in the Jordan at Aenon near Salim.  One might assume that the “they” who came to John were Samaritans.  Although that area appears to be in Samaria, it is not, but under Scythopolise.  The apostle John informs us “After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried with them and baptized” (John 3:22).  If one did not read 4:1-2, he might assume that Jesus was the one doing the immersing.  We are told that the “disciples” performed that duty, but does that include only the twelve, some but not all, or others who also followed Jesus (Luke 8:1-3; 23:27, 49, 55)?  Assumptions usually supply the answer!

There are twenty-seven New Testament books.  Matthew wrote to Jews, Mark to Romans, Luke to Gentiles, and John to both.  Acts was written to Theophilus (Acts 1:1), Romans to Roman saints (1:7), 1 & 2 Corinthians to the church of God in Corinth (1:2 & 1:1), Galatians to the churches in Galatia (1:1), Ephesians to saints in Ephesus (1:1), Philippians to saints in Philippi (1:1), Colossians to the brothers in Colosse (1:2), to the church in Thessalonica (1:1 & 1:1), to Timothy (1:2 & 1:2), Titus (1:4), Philemon (1:1) to the Hebrew saints, Pete wrote to the elect in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia (1 & 2 Peter 1:1 & 1:1), 1 John 1:5 is written to the first century “you” in John’s day, to the chosen lady (2 John 1:1), to Gaius (3 John 1:1), Jude to his friends (1:3), and Revelation to the seven churches in “the Provence of Asia” (1:4).

My name is not mentioned as a receiver.  Jackson nor Tennessee or the churches therein are mentioned as destinations being corrected or encouraged.  The twenty-first century is not referred to in any of the twenty-seven letters.  My generation nor yours is specified.  Yet, most believe that certain parts must be applied to our societies.  That assumption also assumes which parts are essential and which are not.  The error involved in those assumptions is that not everyone agrees to what is or is not being bound by those expectations.  Assumptions are plentiful when determining if a command is tied with culture or not.  If so, does that authorize substitutions or not?

The problem with an assumption is that the specifics needed for it to be true, are not usually stated in the material those assumptions are referencing.  Assumption may appear to be true, but appearances are not the proper standard to build one’s faith.  Some believe and claim that their assumptions are based upon logic but whose?  Scripture itself declares,

Yahweh says: ‘Indeed, your thoughts are not like My thoughts.  Your ways are not like My ways.  Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher that your ways.  And, my thoughts are higher that your thoughts’” (Isaiah 55:8-9).

People read things into the Bible that are not there.  They assume a passage is saying something which the verse or chapter does not contain.  These assumptions are ingrained in their thinking by former teaching, beliefs of their associates, peer pressure, or other external factors.  One may think that he believes the Bible, the whole Bible, and nothing but the Bible.  However, much of what he believes was handed down to him rather than actually being in the scriptures.  Jesus warned his disciples, “Take heed” (Matthew 24:4).  Paul did the same (1 Corinthians 10:12; 1 Timothy 4:16).  So, what assumptions are your faith built on?