District Fellowship News
July, August 2006
Finally, after two thousand years of waiting, we have the truth revealed to us. Of course, it took a brilliant mind sorting through obtuse references and events that appeared as coincidences to make the connections, but finally this truth is seeing the light of day. Now the story is told as fiction because the author wants us to suspend our criticism and open our minds to the potential truth. Here it is. A conspiracy has been perpetrated on us all to hide the fact that Jesus married Mary Magdalene and had children who’s descendants are hiding out in Scotland today. Now if this particular revelation isn’t to your liking maybe you would be attracted to one of the following:
You get the picture. The DaVinci Code is just the latest in a long line of “remarkable” discoveries that lead us to some new truth. The only factor that separates it from some of the others is that it challenges Christianity. Why do we believe these conspiracy theories? What is it that intrigues us, so that we suspend reason and are willing to be led down a road that deviates from truth?
The first time we see this cry of conspiracy is in the book of Genesis. Right after the creation, Satan comes to Eve and says, “ You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God.” Hear the familiar theme. “God is hiding the truth from you.” “There is a conspiracy here to keep you from knowing the truth.” Nothing has changed through the millennia. From the beginnings of Christianity there were always those who talked about the hidden mysteries, the special knowledge that was hidden from all but a few. The common thread usually involved secret knowledge that had been either intentionally hidden or lost, but was now revealed to a select few. Information that God (or the church, or those in power) didn’t want us to know. So why, after all these years, do our ears perk up when we hear of these “revelations”?
In 1 Timothy Paul charges Timothy to “preach the word...correct, rebuke, and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will put off sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.“ Since the time of Adam and Eve man has always been full of himself, looking for another way, intrigued by mystery, and drawn by every possible fabrication and story. Our fallen nature has twisted our desire for God into an endless search for some new truth. The most interesting thing about our search is that we are really searching for God. We were designed for relationship with Him. But for many of us that answer is just too easy. Think of the lies we are willing to believe so that we do not have to admit that we are made, loved, and sought after by God.
The list could go on endlessly, but they all have one thing in common, a rejection of truth and an acceptance of some “facts” only a few know. Don’t be fooled by those who say that you need a special password or code to learn the real truth. All you really need is a heart that seeks after truth and the willingness to accept the truth you find. God tells us that the truth is plain for us to see and if we will seek it, we will find it. Stop looking for the hidden meanings, and instead look for the One. You don’t need to break a code to find Him.