Christians And Diplomacy
Becoming a Christian does not make you right.
Saved, yes! Eternally secure, yes!
But will you always be right? Not necessarily. Sometimes yes, sometimes no.
- Christianity is free from error, Christians are not.
- God is absolutely free from confusion, believers are always vulnerable.
- The Bible is without error but it’s rather arrogant to think you understand it perfectly.
- God is all-knowing. Christians must learn everything.
And to do that they must unravel the thread of truth from the tangle of “Christian” voices claiming to know it.
Christians do enjoy many benefits.
- A Christian is saved, born again, and Spirit inhabited.
- Christians are children of God, have a new perspective, and a relationship with God.
- Christians can change for the better but there’s no guarantee. Some go backward.
What is neither promised nor even insinuated is that on the day of salvation you’ll be blessed with instant knowledge of the truth and a well-developed sense of discernment.
Those are things you’ll have to work for. Salvation is instantaneous, learning the truth is a process.
The Starting Point
All Christians start off as babes. New Christians are nowhere yet. The fact that Christians are commanded to learn the truth means they don’t already have it.
Believing in God is not a synonym for knowing all truth or being completely reliable.
Reliability, of course, is a character issue and a topic for another post but it’s important to keep in mind that Christians are NEW creations, not FINAL creations and they will never be finished products in this life.
Perfection comes only in the next life and for good reason. It’s difficult enough being a saved sinner in an imperfect world. Perfect Christians would clash intolerably.
But back to my point. [Read more…] about In God We Trust – In Christians We Don’t