Whether in Canada, Asia Pacific, or anywhere else, it is amazing how quickly the Word of God can become twisted, added to, or confused. I heard a few interesting stories one day when I was sitting in on Bible classes in the area.
The first story was about a famous radio preacher. The preacher was speaking about the special message he had for them all. He said that he had been eating fish at a local restaurant, and when he had finished his meal the fish’s bones began talking to him. The bones told him what he should say, and the preacher was more than happy to oblige them.
Another story was about an old man in a remote village. The man died and was buried in a cave, but several days later the man came walking back into the village and began telling them lots of things about the afterlife and the Bible.
These stories are indeed sensational, but what was more impressive was how the teacher responded to these stories. Asia Pacific is more superstitious than the west, and are more inclined to be spiritually minded than we might be.
The teacher, however answered the students very gently. “About those stories, I don’t know what they are all about; if they’re true or not. I do know what Jesus said is already complete. I don’t need someone to die and then return to tell me more. Lots of people like to say, ‘I believe in Jesus because of this man or that man, or because of this event or that event,’ but I believe in Jesus because of what the Word of God says. On what Jesus alone has said.”
It can be so easy to add to what we read in the Bible. Who doesn’t love to add their own two cents. How wonderful this teacher’s words were. How important it is to base our theology on something solid. Besides, what better, more fantastic messenger do we need than the one we have?
“We do see Him who was made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.” Hebrews 2:9