I’m pretty guilty when it comes to making Christianity too complicated. Someone says something that they think sounds spiritual, and I’m pretty quick to decide whether they’re right or not, whether they’re biblical or not.
That sort of happened recently when I was reading a memoir (see my review of it over here) in which the author, Ian Morgan Cron, said he was in church and heard a voice audibly speak to him, saying ‘forgive me.’ My mind instantly shot to the simple fact that God is perfect and doesn’t sin, and therefore doesn’t need to ask for forgiveness. This guy must have been mistaken.
Unfortunately, the author had my number. He said that he thought exactly the same thing so had gone to a Christian friend of his who basically said that God just might have told Ian to forgive Him – God should never have been punished for sin but He humbled Himself and allowed it to happen anyway, so who are we to say that He wouldn’t have humbled Himself in that way as well? His friend summed it up by stating this simple, humble, biblical truth:
Suddenly my judgment against what he did or didn’t experience seems insignificant and actually unbiblical – who am I to say how God can or can’t speak, even if I’m saying it based on Scripture?
Perhaps faith in Jesus is just a bit simpler than I imagine it to be.