Saturday, 14 July 2018

If you don't believe ... leave!


John Chapter 6 has been the source of much debate and confusion over the years ... and the arguments will still go on. No doubt to the amusement of Jesus looking down upon us and saying: "You of little Faith. Why can't you just believe and stop dissecting and analysing everything I said as if I were an insect in your lab!"

I speak of course of the part in that Chapter where Jesus says He is "the Bread of life" and later when He says that unless people eat His flesh or drink His blood they will not have life.

As you can imagine, this was very confusing to His listeners; even His followers and disciples.

"What is He on about?" they asked. "How can we eat His flesh and drink His blood? This is cannibalism surely. This is too much for us. We don't want to follow this guy any longer!"

So what did Jesus do?

He didn't say "Hey ... wait a minute. You didn't understand what I meant. This is what I really meant to say ... let me explain!"

No ... Jesus let them go. He didn't try to justify Himself or what He had just said. It was as if He dissolved the unspoken contract between them. They could not accept a certain clause so He let them go.

Then He turned to His disciples and asked: "How about you? Do you want to go as well?"

As ever, Peter was first to answer: "To whom shall we go?" he asked. "We're in this for the duration, all the way, to the end". Or words to that effect, signifying that he trusted Jesus without question; albeit no doubt he had many questions in his mind. Peter accepted Christ's words without question and stepped out in blind Faith and dared to believe.

So what are we to make of all this after all these years? Did Jesus mean what He said literally or was it all symbolism and imagery using common day articles of the time like bread and wine to signify the sacrifice He is to endure for us? His flesh would be torn by the beating and the nailing to the Cross and His blood would be spilled for us. Was it all symbolism?

Quite frankly, I'm with Peter on this.

I don't believe there is much to be gained in debating this ad-infinitum because in reality I doubt any of us will ever come to a satisfactory conclusion. Wiser heads than mine have argued this matter over the centuries much to the amusement of Jesus looking down from above. Any efforts by me at interpreting this would no doubt have Jesus rolling on the floor with laughter.

So I am minded to accept it for what it is. Something that Jesus said and we're to believe it as best we humanly can.

There's no point in closing your eyes tightly and repeating over and over again "I believe ... I believe ... even though I don't understand it ... I believe".

God who can see deep within our hearts, and knows our human nature and its failings, realises that it is too difficult for us to understand.

But then, He does not ask us to understand Him. He asks us to love Him and to trust Him without any evidence whatsoever.

It's what is called Faith.

To believe when your common sense tells you not to.

By the way: you may wish to visit this link and see what happened to a priest who had difficulties in believing. Please CLICK HERE.

God bless.

22 comments:

  1. Indeed. I think what Jesus didn't say is often as important as what our Lord did.

    A case, cases, in point: the parables. After publicly sharing a parable, Jesus would tell the disciples - in effect - 'this is a parable, here's what it means.'

    Sometimes - like the 'eat me' remark you cite - Jesus said something that quite a few folks still want to believe is a parable of sorts. Then, instead of going through the usual 'this is a parable' routine, Jesus - - - didn't.

    I'm with Peter on this, too. I still don't understand operational details of the Trinity. But since I'm not the Father, Son or Holy Spirit: I don't expect to. I'll understand what I can; keep learning more as I'm able; and accept that I can't, being a finite creature, fully understand with God's infinite wisdom and knowledge.

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    1. You said it right, Brian. On this particular occasion, Christ did not explain to His disciples. Because it was not a parable. Not a symbolism. He meant it. Even though they, and we, do not understand it.

      God bless you, my friend.

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  2. I have read about that article before. Very interesting and believable. Thanks for the reminder.

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  3. "The moral of the story is"...The Bible doesn't read this way.
    You were right when you said that "faith" is all we have. I have lived by this all my life and until I die and can see heaven God and Jesus for myself, I will stop guessing and keep my faith~

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    1. Yes Jan. We should not guess nor try to understand.

      God bless.

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  4. Nice post as we head into Sunday.

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  5. Haven't we, participants in Holy communion, wondered the same thing at one time or another?
    In the end, I'm comforted by Proverbs cautionary verse: "... and lean not on your own understanding."

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    1. Yes, Mevely. We are not meant to understand ... yet.

      God bless you.

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  6. Some things we just can't understand until we meet Jesus face to face. I'll have faith and wait until then. : )

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  7. As human beings, we have limited understanding, that's for sure; far be it from us to think we could ever understand God. So yes, Victor, faith is the answer. We love God and trust Him with all that we are.
    Blessings!

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    1. Well said, Martha. There are many through the years who have tried to understand and debate this; rather than just rely on Faith.

      God bless you and your family.

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  8. It's symboloism (the Bible is full of them) ... as with Communion.

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  9. His ways are not ours and His thought are beyond ours. We are limited due to our humanity.
    Good post, Victor!

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    1. You are right, Lulu. Great to see you visiting me again.

      God bless you.

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