Have we taken a simple message and overly complicated it. Take for instance this verse from scripture John 3:16
“for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life”
This is a simple message that we have overly complicated with deep theological argument some people have written books on the subject man get a life. The message from scripture is a simple message. We get all these books written by so-called experts and all they’re giving us is personal subjective opinion and in order to form there arguments they’ve read other people’s personal subjective opinions. Surely we just need to go back to basics we need to go back to the Bible forget about what Joe Bloggs said or Bill Wiggins. We just need to consider scripture and it’s relevance for today’s life and it is relevant. But we don’t need to complicate things the message is simple. Most people in their daily lives are not interested in complex theological discourse they want to hear that simple message simple message of faith. I don’t think we’re doing it , when I think of scripture when I think of the meaning of scripture I think it’s about working out one sense of place in the whole of creation and our relationship with the creator. We don’t need to overly complicate because I think will just turn people away. It’s clear to me some people are on a huge power trip how do we exert power and control over someone else, well we tried to gain more knowledge than them we try to say we know better than them we tried to say listen to me I know more than you, but do we really. I may read all the books go in and I would have still scratched the surface. I may have the greatest theological mind going which I don’t by the way but I would have only scratched the surface. I would like to see a church which is true to scripture attempts to put it in a modern context but where all believers are equal when nobody is over anyone else. That forms part of my Christian socialist beliefs. The twelve disciples they were not particularly gifted men they will only working class folk called to do an extraordinary job and did they not do it well. If we transposed the twelve disciples from where they were at the time and send them to one of our great institutions of theological education I think they would fail and why because we have overly complicated a simple message. We are but simple folk I don’t mean that in any derogatory manner but we do think a long simple terms so why do we overly complicate the simple message of God’s creation and our relationship with God. For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever should believe shall not perish but have everlasting life. That’s the simple message that’s the simple truth don’t over complicate it.