Lies We Believe About God
by Wm. Paul Young
(New York, Atria Books, 2017)
The differences in interpretation highlight the fact that something other than “reading the Bible” is involved. Very often the deepest question, and the one most ignored, is how to read the Bible. What does it mean to read the Bible correctly? How do we go about deciding?
When our understandings of the larger story of the Bible differ, then our beliefs about the details differ, too, and we “see” things differently.
The identity of Jesus Christ as the Son of God, the One anointed in the Holy spirit, crucified and resurrected, simply made no sense to people, and the implications of His existence rocked the status quo everywhere.
The temptation to domesticate the Jesus of the apostles was ever present.
Working out the implications of Jesus’s identity as the eternal Son of God united with humanity in our sin is the task of truly Christian theology.
To speak the name of Jesus is to say that the Triune God, the human race, and all creation are not separated, but together in relationship. Jesus is Himself the relationship; He is the union between the Triune God and the human race.
The “lies” that this book set forward are perceived as lies through the lens of Jesus’ identity and what His identity shouts to us about God, about ourselves, about creation, about our destiny, and about our future.
It is not easy having your mind blown, but that is the way the apostles tell us we are set free by the truth.
By looking at something God would not say, we are better able to examine ideas we have assumed to be true, often exposing lies we tell ourselves about god.
We often choose to believe a lie rather than allow the truth to invade the safety of our prejudices and self-protective fortresses.
The Holy Spirit is your true teacher.