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Church Idols – Mystery

March 27, 2014

Not everything in the Bible is easily understood. There are mysteries in the Bible. But some have come to idolatrize mystery.

Mystery is the easy answer. Because of that very reason it has become an idol. For example, a tragedy strikes and someone asks, “Why would your God let this happen?” and the reply given by a well-meaning Christian, “It’s just a mystery.” The concept of mystery becomes an idol when we use it as a shield to protect us from deeper thought on a topic of faith. They are thoughtless responses which typically do more harm than good. It stifles deep conversation and thought on the topic at hand.

To remove this idol from our lives is fairly simple. Every time we say something is a mystery, we need to stop and ask ourselves why we chose to call it a mystery. Many times we will realize we are taking a lazy way out of a difficult topic which requires some work to move forward. Hard topics deserve the proper amount of work put into them before being declared a mystery.


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