My Thought. . .
A reader commenting on Monday’s article asked, “What false assumptions do you see in us today?” Good question. Please keep in mind that I am not saying all assumptions are false. The dictionary states: “a thing that is accepted as true or as certain to happen, WITHOUT PROOF.” The reader will notice the two bolder words that I have marked in this definition. If there is definite proof, then you do not have a false assumption. What must that PROOF contain in order to render a person’s belief true rather than false?
For some it may be a simple requirement of trust. A person may state, “I hold my preacher in high esteem and know he would not say anything that is not biblical.” He may be honest in that statement, but is his esteem sufficient proof? Is it possible for an individual to be biblical without maintaining that lofty goal 100%? All humans, no matter how intelligent, honest, or trustworthy have a serious flaw. We are sinners! Paul was one. Peter was another. So are you and I. We do not have perfect knowledge nor understanding. We are susceptible to believing something is truth that may not have that 100% ring.
The prophets in the assembly in Corinth had the gift of inspiration, but did that gift mean they would always use it correctly? If so, why did Paul need to write two letters to correct their error? Why didn’t those who were inspired come to Paul’s defense when some doubted his apostolic authority (1 Corinthians 9:1-2)? Why did those prophets and tongue speakers need instruction from Paul about speaking one at a time and no more than three in an assembly? Weren’t they inspired? If the Corinthian church did not have a copy of the New Testament, how would they know when a prophet was speaking by inspiration or not? Paul told the prophets to judge (1 Corinthians 14:29, 32). Judging those in one of the other divisions wasn’t going to be well accepted. After all, they had prophets too! No wonder it took Paul two letters to get things started back on track. However, in his second one he had to warn them that he was coming because they still had problems.
We have all twenty-seven books of the New Testament today. Yet, look at the religious divisions that shame us. Each division was created because someone assumed he was remaining true to God’s word while others were guilty of apostasy. Corinth’s division proved they possessed false assumptions even though they had inspired teachers. When the eunuch asked Philip a question from his reading in Isaiah, Philip did not pull out the Jewish Talmud to answer that question. He began at the same scripture to reply. That may be our goal, but we don’t always accomplish it.
It is amazing at how heavily Acts 2:1 to Acts 8:1 have been burden with assumptions. Keep in mind that assumptions are often peddled as truth. Being true, makes it necessary for others to believe that truth. False assumptions are created to explain what is not actually written in a passage. It fills in that missing information and is elevated to the position of “logical truth.” If that “truth” is questioned, the effort is dismissed as foolish and without the proper evidence to overturn what has been accepted for generations. After all, so many, for so long, could not have been so blind, as to accept and practice something that is so false!
So, what do I personally see in us that is assumed to be true when in reality it is false? If you have to assume it is in the Bible, but isn’t detailed therein, then . . .!