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Jude 1.1-5 – Designer Christianity
Posted: 7 August 2010 in Scripture

Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called: Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied. Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.

The Epistle of Jude is a warning about making light of God’s revelation, or recasting it so that it says whatever we would like it to say. Admittedly the implications of what the Bible has to say are not always immediately obvious, and (for example) several centuries went by before the doctrine of the Trinity received its definitive and final formulations in the Nicene and Athanasian creeds. But still, it is sheer arrogance to think that we can set aside the labours of previous centuries, and substitute our own limited understanding instead. Yet that is exactly what I see happening on the internet today. Christians routinely set aside doctrines such as the Trinity, or the divinity of Christ, because it is revealed truth, and therefore not wholly within their understanding.

What do they think revelation is for, if not to give us an objective standard, and to prevent us creating our own customised religion, with our own customised god?

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