No Scripture reflection today. At least not yet.
I have wondered for a few years now if allowing errors in Theology to exist unchallenged is alright so long as it brings a person to Christ. In essence, the ends justifies the means. I am not going to single out any particular book or movie or series that has done this. I don’t roll that way. I think though it begs the question, is this what the author really believe? Or, did the author simply write or produce this work as a mode to make money or notoriety.
If the creator of one of these works, did in fact believe what they were producing to us then we shouldn’t hold anything against them. If the creator didn’t believe it but simply was producing the book or whatever it was in an attempt to capitalize on something then they have done a disservice to Christianity. In either case, if there are errors, they must be brought to light and the case must be made as to why they are errors in this presumably bad theology. We as Christians owe that to the truth.
Truth? What is truth? I am glad you brought that up Pilate. Truth is simply what is, or what was. Not what you think it is, or think it was…that’s an opinion. Either something is true, or it is not. There is no such thing as a half-truth. That’s an invention of man to make ourselves feel better about lying. There can be no opinion, no middle ground with the truth.
The whole point of this rambling is this: If something isn’t 100% true, then it is at least partly a lie. We can not afford eternity on a lie, even if it is a tiny fraction. The devil will tell us 99 truths to get us to believe 1 lie. If that one lie costs you your salvation, are the 99 truths worth it? Hardly. This is why we must be quick to correct errors in Christian beliefs to those who are falling for those errors. Not in a way of casting judgement but in a way of loving charity. That’s in fact really at the core of what love is.
So the next time some blockbuster movie comes out that claims to hold Christian values but holds unorthodox or heretical views of Christianity and God in general, we need to “always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope, but do it with gentleness and reverence…” (1Peter 3:15-16)
So let’s reverse the roles for a second. If I was going down the wrong path (as I once was) I would want someone to point that out to me. We wouldn’t have to agree on it, but I would hope a friend or family member would care enough to say something. After that we can discuss whatever the issue is on it’s merits. If a correction can’t be made there are other options (see Matthew 18). So don’t be afraid to speak up to me if you wish (be prepared to make a defense) and expect me to stand up to you and say your wrong in your belief and this is why.
Thought for the day: Can the ends ever justify the means?