Life is for learning, not
Our short journey here on earth is not about pleasure or possessions. Rather, it
is to teach us how to trust our Creator, how to love our enemies, how to forgive
Indeed, we are being prepared for that other life which lies beyond the grave.
We are being molded for the kingdom of GOD. This site is
dedicated to those who genuinely strive to enter into that truth.
I suppose there is a degree of spiritual
maturity to finally admit that as students of the scriptures, we at best can
only offer our opinions. For the most part we are all simply spectators,
admiring the Book from a distance of many centuries. We may think that we
fully understand some particular aspect of HIS truth, we may even proclaim that we so
understand it, perhaps even demanding
that others concur that we have arrived at a sunesis, but we can never really
be sure that the next revelation might not throw an entirely new light upon all
that we thought we knew.
We may each have our different insights and
perspectives, but let us never be fooled into thinking that we have finally
arrived at some mystical summit where truth drips from our lips. Any honest
seeker of truth will admit that he has had to refine and perhaps even totally
change his understanding of GOD over the course of his life, and will no doubt
be required to do so again. And this is as it should be. Our life is a growth
and as such we should be maturing and developing as we advance along that
Unfortunately, too many students of Scripture
attach themselves to organizations which have chiseled their beliefs in stone
and seldom are willing to consider anything which falls outside the articles of
their faith. These beliefs too often develop into traditions which are seldom questioned or
ever fully explained. They are just accepted (see
Church Traditions). It
requires a great alacrity of mind to be able to simply read what is written, and
not read into Scripture our own particular dogma.
After the passing away of the first generation of
those left behind wrestled with each other concerning the truth of many of our
most basic tenets of faith (see
Whatever Happened to Timothy?). During the following
centuries those truths were
covered over by the Orthodox Church. All through the Dark Ages they were for the
most part unknown, only being partially recovered during the Reformation. But
even then, as always, the Establishment resisted the spirit of truth.
We do not ourselves claim to possess an unflawed understanding of the Bible.
Understanding the truth is a gradual unfolding process, a journey and not a
destination. We only claim that here, outside their camp we are not held
like a tether to the traditions of the Church. We prefer to go on to a fuller
understanding of HIS matchless Word.
If in meekness you can contribute here, please do. But
be scriptural, not contentious. Iron sharpeneth iron, and with this attitude we
can help each other continue our spiritual growth.