Have you ever had a moment where you pause about an idea concerning the significance of your life?
A time when you take all the knowledge that you have acquired and merge it with the experiences you have been a part of, and attempt to internalize the collisions of conflict and symmetry.
There are certain perspectives and heart-compelled convictions which often stand in polar opposition to one another. You will find that religion offers zero assistance in these wars of attempted rationalization (most of the time it makes them worse). Collectively, we have all become comfortable with hiding the fact that every single person stands at these defining crossroads, overwhelmed at solving the question, which path leads to paradise, and which leads to continued torment (hell)?
You are told by so many people, “Go to the bible, it is where you will find the answers”.… You’re hammered over the head by a popular belief that it (the bible) offers you the path to freedom, enlightenment, and peace. So, you pick it up and begin to read… After all, the commonplace stance is, by reading it you WILL take away something good, it WILL make your life better, you WILL be able to really understand what it means.
I know this will sound a bit heretical, but the idea that by picking it up and reading it, you’re instantly ready to understand the secrets of the universal mysteries revealed within the pages of your bible, is a load of stinky, rotten horse manure.
In fact, I would go as far to say that we have been so overwhelmingly programmed in the ways of good and evil, that it is almost impossible for any descendent of Adam to fully wrap our broken minds around the infinite depths of revelation found within the pages of collected scripture. (This is probably not something to tell your local church pastor; most of them must keep up the appearance that they have it all figured out.)
So, why then do we have it? What on earth is it for?
It’s all about a BIG “BUT”.
The word “but” is a funny word (literally and figuratively). It’s a human language word. A word which, in its essence says, there is a noted point of confliction/connection between two principle thoughts. For example:
“Sally likes red, but she also likes blue.”
The “but” is an imperative statement in this sentence. It defines the conflict, the symmetry, and the conclusion of the idea at hand. Yes, Sally likes red. BUT not only red. She likes blue, BUT not only blue. “But” is a bridge between two items which don’t seem like they fit together, but in context are wholly united as agreeable.
God loves “Buts”… They’re all over the bible (as well as a plethora of other bridging conjunctions like for, and, nor, or, yet, & so), and every single one of them is vital to helping us place the intention (will, desire, doxa) of scripture into context. Just because the bible says something like, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish? My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest. (Psalms 22:1-2)”, it doesn’t make this statement true…
We must place it within the original conjoining and overseeing context… THERE IS A BIG “BUT” AHEAD!!!
“For he has not despised or scorned the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him BUT has listened to his cry for help. (Psalms 22:24)”
This “but” is HUGE!!!
It changes everything about the original context of verses 1-2, and big “buts” just like these are all over the written, inspired, words of prophetic revelation, starting in Genesis 3 (v17);
“but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”
This is probably the second biggest “but” in the whole bible… It is the defining “but” to where all our conflicted perspectives arise from. It is the original “but” which stands in the place of the original conjoining and overseeing context, which is this (v16), “And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden;”.
You were commanded to be FREE! In the preceding chapters, it says that you were made in the reflective image of the pluralistic Creator; blessed and adored as His first action over the apex of the Creation! You were made as “very good“!!!
The “but” is always important. It always defines the conflict, the symmetry, and the conclusion of the idea at hand.
Acts 2:23-24 But God knew what would happen, and his prearranged plan was carried out when Jesus was betrayed. With the help of lawless Gentiles, you nailed him to a cross and killed him. But God released him from the horrors of death and raised him back to life, for death could not keep him in its grip.
John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
Luke 20:38 He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.
Mathew 19:26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Jesus is the BIGGEST “BUT” in the whole bible! He is God’s defining WORD in human language, revealed fully in the skin and bones of humanity… Jesus is God’s complete answer to all included humanity, which fully explains the conflict, the symmetry, and the conclusion of His idea at hand… You.
You are God’s idea, known before the womb, and Jesus is what God says about you.
Romans 5:6-8 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
In Jesus, you are restored to what you were always created to be; a holy and blameless reflection of the Creator:
Ephesians 5:25-27 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.
So today, as you stand at those crossroads of seeking answers for this life, and you’re conflicted about which road leads where, know this; the whole point of Jesus is… “Don’t worry, trust me.” He has been down both roads and he is the bridge between the death which stands before you at that haunting intersection, and the real life that exists in effortlessly following him… wherever the road leads.
Yes, it is true;
God Loves BIG “BUTs” … AND he cannot lie:
This truth gives them confidence that they have eternal life, which God—who does not lie—promised them before time began. (Titus 1:2)