“No man puts new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break”
“I know the bible better than you!”
What we know depends on what God has allowed us to know, and that will be by measure. Many people, I’m sure, have many different versions for the “meaning” of this parable. ( Mat 9:17) That’s fine; after all, it’s a parable. A natural man can not accept the information about God in their present state of development. (1 Cor 2:4 [ But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned]). It would literally make you insane if God were to give you the information “all at once”.
Now, that being said, all things are indeed possible, but not all things edify the Church. Meaning, something that may or may not benefit “you”, may or may not benefit “the whole” (the church, or ‘body’ of Christ)(1 Cor 10:23 [ All things are lawful for me, but not all things are expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not]) and (1 Cor 9:22 [ Paul says he has become all things to all men, and why]).
We all have not had the privilege of meeting Jesus in the flesh. Some have, and (no matter what you think), all sooner or later will. This happens after you have “grown enough” to accept what you will be seeing, or else you would literally die of disorientation. The very first thing that will happen is this; He will open up the Scriptures to you, and you will know them. All of them. Complete with meanings and variations. (Luke 24:45 [ Then opened He their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures]).
That also being said, I often get that thought when dealing with some Christians; the thought that, “I know more than you.” This thought may very well be true, but with the understanding Jesus has given me, I know, (and not simply wonder), that this thought was given to me by a bad spirit. To be able to discern the spirits is also by measure, and comes with time (and exercise). Hebrews 5:14
As far as the “truth” of the statement, “I know more about the bible than you do” goes; I have a message for that spirit. “This may be true, but all will eventually know the same things I do, so it doesn’t matter”. This is more important to remember than the thought about present circumstances. Not to mention btw, I can not know more about 2+2=4 than anyone else, and neither can you. If that seems like a strange analogy, consider this. There are people that do not know 2+2=4, and it is a truth that I know this and they do not. It is also a truth that I know more than the person that doesn’t know. But my charge is to teach 2+2=4 to the person that doesn’t know, not to gloat about it.
This is the responsibility of an apologist, or in other words, a teacher of the doctrine of Jesus Christ. First of all,you must realize that the person can not except the information at this time, and that your “job” is to simply deliver the information, then move on. Do not argue the point more than twice. After once or twice repeating the information, call it a difference of opinion, and move on. Even if the other person has an opinion that they are claiming as fact, and you know it is not factual, consider your own information opinion for their sake, and move on. Because “right now”, in their present state, it literally is an opinion that you have ‘to them’. They will never receive the information if you argue with them beyond the simple message of God’s grace.
Let God do his part.
I’ll go more in depth in future post. This is already too long for a blog post, and enough to think about for now. Learn to practice. Practice learning. Practice learning the atheist spirit. Practice leaving the people out of this, including yourself.
Let God do His part.
” Why do ye not understand my speech? even because you cannot hear my word”