Opinions on faith and life

The Duct Tape Files

2007-08-14

Toward the end of the movie Ben Hur, one of the characters says “The world is more than we know”. How true that is. “Natural history” is anything but natural; it is contrived, groomed, sculpted, and planned. Each pocket of “expertise” jealously guards its domain, not out of the love of truth and fact, but out of ego, position, power, and control.

The article that prompted me to write this is Brain Police. While the article is focused on the dark side of “science”, it brings an important principle to light: we don’t know squat. Not only about science, but about anything in history. And that helps to verify all my previous rants about Bible translation cover-ups.

These are all pieces of a giant puzzle, disjointed facts that the control freaks hope you’ll never assemble, and they do everything in their considerable power to make sure that never happens. No matter what the topic, there are people at the forefront who wish to play God over you and keep you from discovering the ugly truth.

So be careful; don’t swallow anything without first tasting and chewing. And don’t consider any human authority as above reproach, beyond question, or untouchable in any way. Question authority and keep a sharp eye out for deception. Notice this example from the Bible:

Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. (Acts 17:11 TNIV)
Paul was someone with unquestioned credentials, someone who suffered greatly for the Name, someone who came to be regarded as the greatest Christian theologian. Yet these common people were commended by God for putting his teachings under the microscope! Was Paul offended? Did he threaten a lawsuit? Were the Bereans struck by lightning? Of course not. But prominent people today would have you believe all of that will happen to anyone who steps out of line— a line they themselves drew.

Roaches run from the light; deceivers run from the truth. Just shine the light of investigation on anyone making bold claims, and see how they react. Then you’ll know whether to trust them.