In many Bibles, some words are set apart with a red font. Why is this? It is to remind us that when God became Man and personally gave us words that those words are probably something we cannot afford to miss. So why don’t many churches today take the “red letters” to heart? Why aren’t we doing more to be Christ’s hands and feet to the poor, the disenfranchised, the weary, the ill, the fatherless, and the prisoners? It’s all there–in red letters. Why has the Church shirked its responsibilities, leaving the work to be done by governments, rock stars, and celebrities? We leave it up to our governments to do those tasks and then we complain when they take some of our tax dollars to accomplish it! Shame on us!!
It is quite troubling to me the number of Christian denominations that totally downplay those red letters. They instead deem all the words written by men and accumulated into what we know as the Bible to be of equal importance! I understand that the foundation for this misbelief goes back to the slippery slope idea that I have covered before. They want to believe that all the words were authored by God instead of just the red letters. This makes studying the Bible much easier for them as then they don’t have to discern what is currently relevant and what isn’t in that document. They just refuse to accept that some of those biblical words were written with a two thousand year old mentality and mindset and are no longer relevant to us today.
I choose not to take the easy way when it comes to following my Lord and savior. I will not just say the words and then lay back and let his grace flow over me. I choose not to solely depend on the “experts” to tell me what God’s message to me is. Instead I will take his grace and turn it into action as he commanded me to do. I will study the Bible and other similar documents from the early times to find what is relevant to me today and discount those things that come from pre-21st century knowledge and understanding. I will study the Bible and other such documents to find the messages in the underlying text but understand that that text could be just a story or myth passed down from the generations between when Christ roamed the earth and when the document was solidified four hundred years later.
It is quite refreshing to accept that I have a responsibility to actually do what Jesus commanded me to do and to study the words from the founding fathers to find those relevant to me and my daily life. I will not leave that important task up to others to do the work for me. It is not up to the theologians or even today’s clergy to push me into heaven or maybe more importantly to do God’s work here on earth. God gave me free choice and I choose to follow Him alone.
2 thoughts on “Why Red Letters??”
How do you know what stories of the Bible are myth or truth? That is, what documents are you using with which to compare the Bible to, in order to discover where it is in error? It is like using a level in your shop. The level is THE standard for defining what is “level,” and the tool you use to determine what is not level or what is. But what if the level is broken?
As in your previous post from some days ago, you say that not all the “red letter” words of Jesus were from his lips. How will you then determine which ones are not and which ones are, and what standard, what “level” are you using with which to determine that? What if you are trying to live your life by words that Jesus never said? What if Jesus’ words on the cross were not from Jesus’ lips, but were put into his mouth by his disciples so they wouldn’t look bad? What then?
Secondly, in speaking of universal salvation, what do you do with Jesus’ words, such as “he who is not for me is against me” and “No one comes to the Father except by me” and “Unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins” and most of John 6? In the end, in denying the Bible as the true and reliable word of God, you will have to deny your own salvation, or at least you will create great doubt as to whether you are saved or not. And then, you will have to rely on your good works, and are you sure you are doing enough?
Jesus’ very death says a lot about what He thinks of sin and its consequences. If God were not gravely serious about making sure we understand our sin to its fullest extent, do you think He would have sent His Son to suffer such a horrendous death in our place? Do you think his crucifixion says just how serious God is about sin?
Pastor, thanks for your comments. As I stated when I started blogging here again in August I chose not to get into theological debates about the different views of Christianity. While I could give you nuanced, and I believe valid, answers to each of your queries I simply choose not to do so.
You are certainly free to believe whatever you want to in regards to your faith and its corresponding views of the Bible and so am I. Since there are currently 35,000 different denominational views (I found some statistics that now say 39,000) there is certainly a myriad of ideas about what Christ said and did and especially what the words meant. What I discuss on this blog is simply my interpretation. I am not trying to convince you that your view is wrong or that mine is right.
Good luck in your walk with Christ and I hope you wish the same to me.