Posted by: johnnyp1978 | November 21, 2008

Deconstructing Jesus

Lately I’ve been listening to a local college radio station down here in Orlando. They play a lot of good music, but the talk shows are very liberal. I like to listen to them just to hear the perspective of others. What’s interesting is to hear about stuff like bringing homosexuality and Christianity together. Hmmmm… isn’t this a problem seeing that God has forbidden homosexuality. But wait! They’ve found a way around that. All the negative stuff in the Bible is about control, all the good stuff is the true stuff we should take from the Bible. All the fuzzy warm stuff is the only stuff that is true. So, Jesus’ message about love is the true Jesus, but all that other stuff is just stuff made up by Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul and the other writers. Really, Paul’s stuff is just rubbish because he’s a sexist and homophobe.

The question I would like to raise to the Deconstructionist is how do you know what you have chosen from the Bible to be true and not the other stuff. What if the other stuff is what is true and all that love stuff isn’t the true stuff? Jesus said some pretty harsh stuff and at one point called a woman a dog! What if we are really just all doomed to hell and that all that salvation stuff is fiction? The Deconstructionist depends upon human autonomy as authority and have built their house upon the sand. They have no firm ground to stand on because their beliefs are all arbitrary and contradict themselves. I think of Mozart when I hear Deconstructionists argue. They deny the inerrancy and infallibility of Scripture then begin to take out what they believe is false. Here’s what the Emperor said to Mozart about a piece of his work: “There are simply too many notes, that’s all. Just cut a few and it will be perfect.” Mozart answers, “Which few did you have in mind, Majesty?”

There are plenty of things in Scripture I would love to cut out. There are sins that I am prone to do and would love the freedom to do them. But by what authority do I have to pick and choose what I don’t like about the Bible? The thing that really makes me glad to believe the whole Word to be true is that I don’t doubt all the good stuff found in Scripture. What kind of security does a Deconstructionist have? They have no reason to believe that they have the right passages… they could be wrong. For me, yes, the scary stuff found in the Bible is true, but what is equally true is that Jesus conquers the scary stuff and can rescue us from all the bad stuff. Jesus is not just some kind peaceful hippie… He is the Creator, King, Savior, Judge of this earth. Jesus is not just a role model, He is the one who can rescue us from certain doom and destruction and from deconstruction.

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