What if we all got it wrong???

I think we *do* all get it wrong – because none of us can claim to understand the mind of God. But the great Paul (a joke – since ‘Paul’ means ‘small’) says the same in 1 Corinthians 13:12: “At present we are men looking at puzzling reflections in a mirror. The time will come when we shall see reality whole and face to face! At present all I know is a little fraction of the truth, but the time will come when I shall know it as fully as God now knows me!

Maybe this is why Jesus kept it simple: “I have loved you just as the Father has loved me. You must go on living in my love. If you keep my commandments you will live in my love just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and live in his love. I have told you this so that you can share my joy, and that your happiness may be complete. This is my commandment: that you love each other as I have loved you. There is no greater love than this—that a man should lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I tell you to do. I shall not call you servants any longer, for a servant does not share his master’s confidence. No, I call you friends, now, because I have told you everything that I have heard from the Father.” John 15:9-15 (J.B. Phillips translation)

 

And now I must go. My online time is limited because of this neurological disorder. There are so many thoughts whirling around my head – lessons I am learning, things I’d like to share. But they will have to wait. Julian of Norwich took 30 years before she wrote her Revelations. I hope I don’t have to wait 30 years. Adieu!

2 thoughts on “What if we all got it wrong???

  1. To grossly simplify Karl Barth, we only know about God because God allows us to know. Left to our own devices we (humans) will get things wrong because we do not have the big picture that is only shared amongst the Trinity. We are bound by time and culture, there are only a limited number of thoughts that we can think in our three score years and ten and most of those are dedicated to keeping the heart beating, the lungs pumping and the bowels moving.
    In Mark’s Gospel the very first thing Jesus requests of us is that we “Metanoeite” = turn around (2nd pl), English = repent. Turning around to face God is what is asked of us, being “right” is as much a mistake as it was to the gnostics who claimed to “know”. Look upon and consider the law/grace/revelations and know that you are blessed.

    • Thank you, my dear. I guess a true Baptist’s response would be that this is why we regard the Word as paramount, with tradition, etc., second. Only in practice it is never so. We Baptists have just as much tradition – and getting things wrong – as everyone else 😉

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