Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Some Socratic Teaching

Someone once asked “are you going to be a people pleaser or a God pleaser?” Sometimes this is one of the most difficult things to distinguish. People have decided what God likes, people have interpreted the Bible. But what if us being a God pleaser is what the general “Christian people” disagree with? How are we supposed to deal with this?
How can we say that one person is allowed to be God’s spokesperson? How do we know? God appointed Elijah as his prophet, along with Moses and a handful of other prophets. In this day and age when so many are self-proclaimed prophets, when you could say a bunch of things that could be interpreted in so many different ways, how are you supposed to know that this person is full of the Holy Spirit? When do you know that God is the One you’re pleasing and not the majority?


  1. Each one of us has to find out for ourselves what God wants and how we should interpret the Bible. But if you are going to listen to a self-proclaimed prophet, his words and his actions will be authenticated by lining up with the Word of God. The same goes for you. So if a "Christian" disagrees with your version of pleasing God, then one of you has misinterpreted God's teachings.

  2. @Lisa: "So if a "Christian" disagrees with your version of pleasing God, then one of you has misinterpreted God's teachings."

    Or neither of you are right.

    "...Narrow is the gate..." might have some bearing on this.

    My belief is that the religious status quo of every generation assumes for themselves the theology that has been handed down to them from the generations before it. As a result the next generation of reformers become the heretics of their day.

    "All of this has happened before, and it will all happen again." - From Disney's Peter Pan.


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