Many of you know that, my wife, Melanie has had serious back problems for several years now. She has had multiple operations. The last one was when she fractured vertebrae when she vomited after eating spoiled food in a restaurant. It hasn’t been easy.
Well, the good news is
that I think her troubles are soon over. I’ve been reading about a
surgery that I think I can do myself. I read on Wikipedia
that a doctor in Switzerland developed it. I won’t try to explain it
here but it involves making an incision in her back three inched wide
and two inches deep. Then there’s tapping the vertebrae back in place
with a small hammer, sort of like a geological tool. I read on another
medical (well, actually holisitic health) site that there’s a special
bone adhesive you use. I can buy the glue from that site. I don’t have
every single detail figured out but I think I’ve got the idea well
enough that once we’ve bought the necessary supplies, I’m going to take
the scalpel and go in! We’d appreciate your prayers.
okay with that? Well, relax. It’s not true. I’d be an idiot to think I
can understand back surgery by reading Wikipedia and a few web sites by
people who are generally opposed to surgery. Everybody would see through
that it in second.
On the other hand, the same can’t be said
about theology. I’m amazed by the number of blogs, Facebook posts and
comments I read in which somebody professes to be solving problems and
giving exact answers about theology that have been debated from the very
beginning of the early church. How’d they come up with their definitive
answers to age-old questions? Wikipedia. Or their favorite preacher’s
blog. Or their next door neighbor’s nephew’s pastor, who reputedly told
the nephew the answer before it was passed back up line to them.
And the amazing thing? People buy it. In fact, they repeat it. Like
parrots in a pet store, they all start screeching the same thing. They
haven’t studied the Bible to come to an answer. Why should they? They
learned what Trinitarianism is from Wikipedia! They understand the whole
issue of hell because they read online where (insert name) explained
it. They heard a guy say that he knew a guy who saw a guy embrace that doctrine and it wrecked his family’s life!
In today’s religious climate there are two dangers, coming from
opposite extremes. The first is rejecting something we hear because it
is new to us. The other is embracing something we hear because it is new
to us. Some people seek to preserve tradition and are threatened by
ideas that contradict what they’ve always believed. Others, who’ve been
burned in the religious world, impulsively jump on any new idea they
believe is a slap in the face to the tradition they have heartily
Paul commended the Berean Christians by saying,
“These people were more receptive than those in Thessalonica. They were
very willing to receive the message, and every day they carefully
examined the Scriptures to see if those things were so” (Acts 17:11)
Listen to those you respect. Read the blogs. Check out the Facebook posts, but
at the end of the day, study the Bible for yourself. None of us are
100% right on everything we say. We’re all in process. We certainly can
learn from each other but we each have the duty to study the Scripture
and see what The Teacher says to us about the things we’ve heard and
I need to go now. Melanie’s back hurts and I have a knife, hammer and glue to purchase.