Ask the Theologian
DOWN WITH THE SHIP
"My Pleasure Mr Nullifidian."
"The topic of discussion tonight is the certainty of doctrine and to what degree one of your profession might be flexible toward a view not accepted in the ranks of your denomination. To begin this discussion, I would like to ask you what your own attitude is toward such a flexibility. That is, are you open to views not established by your own fellows?."
"Any student, whether it be of the Bible or otherwise, Mr Nullifidian, must keep an open mind toward any and all possibilities. To do otherwise is to risk the very strong likelihood of straying into error. Yes, Mr Nullifidian, I fully believe in keeping an open mind to those who might disagree with my own held convictions."
"Thank you Doctor Indubitable. For myself that is reassuring. But of course I myself having an attitude such as you have expressed as your own must keep in mind that the proof is in the pudding as they say."
"True Mr Nullifidian. In like manner I would personally suggest that everyone test whatever is presented to them, regardless of who it is who presents it, or what their reputation might be."
"That Doctor Indubitable I must agree with you wholeheartedly. To start things off I would like to present to you a hypothesis that states the direction one must take in order to find God is to the west. That is, that God moves from the east to the west rather than the west to the east as is so commonly regarded. Do you believe there is any validity to this concept Doctor Indubitable?"
"I have never heard of such a hypothesis Mr Nullifidian, but no, I see no justification for such a concept. It is a Biblical precept that everything of God moves eastward. For instance the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. The Tabernacle and the Temple both face the east. Jesus entered the East Gate of the city when He made His triumphal entry. It was east of Eden that God planted His garden. It was at the east of the garden that God set up His cherubim in order to keep Adam away from the tree of life. No Mr Nullifidian, there is no justification whatever for such a concept, and whoever thought up such a concept is not in tune with the workings of God."
"Thank you for that interesting view Doctor Indubitable. I must confess that as far as I know there is no one who holds the view I just expressed, nor have I heard anyone even mention it. It is a concept that I have come up with in my own studies. But because of the lack of ecclesiastic support for such a theory, you see no hope for its likelihood at all. Is that correct Doctor Indubitable?"
"I hate to be the one to bust your bubble Mr Nullifidian, and I'm sorry if I offended you with my derogatory statement toward the holder of such a theory, but no, I see no credence whatever in such a concept."
"Well, Doctor Indubitable, I appreciate your keeping such an open mind toward what I have come up with. I assume that this same open attitude is the one you use in your other investigations of the Word, and toward the views of those outside your denominational doctrines?"
"Your sarcasm does not do you well Mr Nullifidian. In fact I sense a hint of innuendo in your tone. If you take exception to my view of God's working, that is your privilege. But there is no justification for your defamation of me or my denominational view."
"I must wholeheartedly agree with you Doctor Indubitable. But if you will recall, it was in response to your firm and harsh statement toward the holder of my theory that brought about my comment. Regardless, I am at fault for making such a statement, as is anyone who does so, whether that person realizes they have done so or not."
"I take that as an apology Mr Nullifidian, and your apology is accepted. However, I must reiterate that there is no basis for the theory you proposed."
"I take it then Doctor Indubitable that you see no possibility that what I have suggested might be true? Am I to assume that to you there is but one view that can be held as true? There is no chance that both ends of a spectrum might exist at one time?"
"I believe you've stated the fact very well Mr Nullifidian. I definitely agree with the statement you just made. Day does not exist when it is night. Darkness can not coexist with light. Truth has no communication with that which is false. There is yes, and there is no, there is no maybe in the study of the Word."
"That is very interesting Doctor Indubitable. I assume then that you have never heard of dawn or twilight, or a moonlit night, or the possibility of misinterpreted truth in the guise of tradition as confronted by Jesus. Nor have you considered the possibility of partial or incorrect perception of an absolute as demonstrated by the fable of the three blind men trying to describe an elephant. Does any of this enter into your perception of reality Doctor Indubitable?"
"I'm afraid you're fishing for a justification with which to hold to your deluded view Mr Nullifidian. Although it is certainly true that what you have just described does in fact exist, none of it has even an iota of application to your stance of God working from the east to the west."
"Well I must say, good for you Doctor Indubitable for sticking to your guns. Even when the ship is listing and settling to the bottom, you ride your Titanic to its final demise as should a good ship's captain. You keep your open mind of steel and ask no questions that might conflict with what you already believe. For had you bothered to ask me, Doctor Indubitable, about my concept, rather than thrust at me an emphatic 'no,' I might have told you about how Jesus did indeed enter into through the east gate, and in doing so He was moving west toward the Temple where God dwells. Adam was indeed cast out of the east gate of Eden, and so was Cain sent eastward from his home. But for these to return to the presence of God, they can not go east, but they must turn around and face the way they came, that is to the west. Just as Abraham had to leave the sin-ridden city of Ur of the Chaldees to approach his promised land, so did the wise men have to leave the east and move west to find their promised Messiah. Jesus said that as the lightening comes from the east to the west, so shall He come again to finish His work here on earth. Babylon is to the east, as was Nimrod and the tower of Babel. In fact, the farther east one goes, the more desolate it is, and the farther it is from the city where God dwells. But you stick to your guns Doctor Indubitable and don't let any possibility of grey area chance to deflect you from your doctrinal certainties. But I must declare to you sir, that I pity those who remain with you on the Titanic you have chosen to captain."
7Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. (Mat 7:)
18Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have. (Luke 8:)