I just finished reading a book titled Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne. My first tendency is to qualify my response to the book by stating that I don’t necessarily agree with everything he says, etc., but what difference does it make? The truth is that the book challenged a couple of my paradigms, which is always a good thing.
When I was bound by religion the possibility that a doctrine or philosophical belief I considered important might be wrong rattled me. Obviously, much of my confidence was based in believing I was right, as if being right strengthened my standing with God. It’s no longer a matter of right or wrong, but a question of the disposition of my heart.
Recently I’ve been in numerous conversations regarding the inerrancy of the scriptures, a subject causing much heated discussion and controversy among Christians today. Yet as Chambers wrote, we’re not asked to believe the Bible, but to believe the one whom the Bible reveals. (John 5:39-40)
The freedom that Christ has given us releases us to believe only what he makes life to us by his Spirit. To be set in beliefs peripheral to the reality of an experiential relationship with Christ stunts growth in him while feeding spiritual arrogance and the tendency to judge others. We can know almost nothing of Christ from history, nor can it be proven historically that he is God. But when we believe him the truth is revealed and his life is released in us.