We’re beginning a new series with an apologetic tint to it. To accompany this blog series, we will have a subsequent podcast series (yes, we still have a podcast) alongside these blogs in case you decide that you don’t want to read.
We are going to tackle some of the myths of Christianity.
Now, what exactly are “myths” of Christianity? Well, these myths are things that a lot of modern church attenders– not necessarily Christians– would affirm. They are concepts, ideas, and “truths” that many who call themselves a Christian would support. The only problem is they are actually false. All of us experience this enlightenment in other areas of life. I remember going off to college. Teachers told me for years that the work load was so much more and blah blah blah. I mean, college wasn’t easy and for others it’s very hard, but it bears no similarity to high school. In high school, the longest paper I wrote was like 5 pages. In college, I would praise the Holy God of the Bible if my professor made the page limit 5 pages. I also literally lived at college. So, there was never any real transitional period. I could focus on school all day, every day if I wanted to. Things just aren’t always as they seem. There are a lot of things in daily Christian life many of us would affirm that simply are not true. They aren’t. And a lot of them have very serious consequences if not taken seriously. In order to give this series justice, though, we have to agree to three premises:
1. The Bible is inspired, inerrant, and sufficient.
The Word of God is absolutely the most incredible book ever put into physical print. If you don’t think that, I would posit because you have never read it. Almost two millennia, 40+ authors, 3 continents, and 66 books make up the Bible, and there are absolutely zero contradictions. None. Zero. Don’t let anyone tell you any different. Sure, there are differences in some languages here and there. But the Bible is watertight. Don’t take my word for it:
Bruce Metzger (1914–2007), a Princeton University scholar of Greek, New Testament, and Old Testament, observed that after 2000 years of copying, only 40 of 20,000 lines in the New Testament are debatable. None affect doctrinal understandings (Anders). Philip Schaff estimated that of 150,000 variations, only 400 affected the sense; and of those only 50 were of significance; and of these not one affected an article of faith. No fundamental doctrine rests on a disputed reading (Read more here).
The Bible is a historical document that has been heavily scrutinized through history, and it has passed every test its ever taken. God Himself breathed out the very words of the text (2 Timothy 3:16-17). And the premier figure, God incarnate, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, was a real, historical figure who died, was dead and buried, and rose again to conquer death. Check out our podcast on the historical resurrection here for more information.
2. The majority opinion is not always the correct opinion.
What is often to case, especially in Christianity, is we have a concern that we just let a large group of people determine the right answer on a variety of topics. The amount of times I’ve been in a conversation where someone has said, “Well, I know John MacArthur said…” or “I was listening to a podcast and…” and that’s pretty dangerous. I’m not saying that our great thinkers and thought leaders are to be disregarded. I’m not even advocating an attitude of rejection toward those who influence our faith personally. What I am advocating is a healthy level of skepticism, with your ultimate authority being the text of the Bible.
There are countless times in human history where a majority opinion was actually incorrect. The vast majority of Starbucks purchase incorporate some type of cream and/or sugar in the coffee beverage of choice. Here at Caffeinated Christianity, we openly reject the idea that coffee can and should have cream in it. This is blasphemy of the highest order. But in all seriousness, how many times in sports have favorites lost games? How many times have people groups wrongly viewed other people groups? We should shy away from majority opinions until they’ve proven their veracity. I’m not saying we should go Rage Against the Machine and buck the system. I am saying don’t expect everything you hear at your church to be right— or even from this site. We’re not always right, no matter how many people support our thoughts.
3. The ultimate goal is to glorify Christ, reflect Christ, and advance His Gospel.
It’s easy these days to take an attitude of hostility toward things that we don’t like. I’m the world’s worst at this. The goal of tackling the myths of Christianity is not to come off the top rope at people and burn down the house. Too often in the present era, believers use their identity in Christ as a club to wield agains their enemies.
We don’t want to debunk the myths of Christianity because we want to make enemies. We do that anyway. We want to debunk the myths of Christianity because we want to make the Gospel of Jesus Christ known without any barriers. So many persist in unbelief, intentionally or unintentionally, because of these roadblocks in the faith. The amount of hurt and pain that has come from a wrong view of certain Christian ideas and concepts is sad. And a lot of it is preventative. We want to help solve the problems and answer the questions. This series is intended to be edifying and gospel-centered.
Take off your tin foil hat, put on your thinking cap, turn off the news, and grab your Bible. We’re going to tackle this thing head on. How many parts will their be? I don’t know. Will we see it through to the end, or will Caff Christ take a weird break again? I pray to God for the tenacity to carry on. COVID-19 is a paper cut compared to the gaping wound of sin in our lifetime. Let’s cling to the Cross, love the Lord, and desire right thinking.