Welcome to the second installment of Moments of Theological Stupidity
Dan "Booyah" Phillips gives me yet another priceless line over at Team Pyromaniacs
. In the same vein as Mr. Frank Turk's son, Dan quotes:
Ignorance is curable, but stupid is forever.
This quote was uttered in reference to the book making the rounds in the bookstores called Misquoting Jesus
by Bart Ehrman. Ehrman, a secular Jew, has made a career out of recycling old and debunked semi-accusations against the Bible as reasons not to be a Christian. His latest book named above is nothing more than a rehashing. In the post, Dan Phillips gives the listing, in summary, of reasons Ehrman gives that supposedly ought to "shatter the Christian faith."
Now, such a book can
be safely ignored by Christians, if not for the problem of those who are a) weak in their faith, or b) not Christians.
For those who are weak in their faith, they are the "curable." They simply do not know. That's all well and good; it is the duty of their churches and their brothers and sisters in Christ to disciple them by educating them about the Bible. So "weak" Christians ("baby" Christians as well as those who have weak faith) have a built-in means of overcoming the disturbance in the Force they are experiencing.
But for those who are not
Christians, they are simply stupid. Yes, stupid
. Even the Bible calls them stupid. Ever read the book of Proverbs? That book is overflowing with the word "stupid!" And that's an apt word to describe Ehrman's book. In fact, Dan Phillips, in his post, says "the stupidity of articles like this is thick, palpable, almost sliceable and spreadable."
What is the remedy for this stupidity? The enlightenment brought about by the Gospel through the power of the Holy Spirit. That is the only
way such a stupid world will ever be redeemed. That is why debates, conversations, witnessing opportunities with non-believers that do not depend on the Gospel powered by the Holy Spirit will fail. F-A-I-L, fail
. We must pray that every interaction we have with a non-believer is led and empowered by the Holy Spirit, and that the Gospel is clearly presented or at the very minimum touched on in some way, shape, or form.
A great paraphrase of the great hymn could even read:
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That enlightened this idiotic Joe Blow;
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was stupid, but now I know!
I close with these words from Dan's post:
"The world is stupid. It has to be. It's a matter of survival of the world qua world.
But not as stupid as Christians who take their cues from it."