It is no new gist that Christianity has now turned into something else, as I earlier argued, it is like there are different Bibles in circulation with different facts and stories. People are now coming up with one fallacy or the other just to get recognition and status. Sometimes they do it on purpose, and intentionally stir up such fallacies, while others do it out of ignorance and lack of accurate and adequate Bible knowledge. The question is, did the Bible ever change? Did the stories ever change, at least from the time it was compiled into one piece? Did anything ever change? The answer is no! How then do people come up with these unbiblical theories and fallacies?
What are Fallacies?
For the easy understanding of all my readers, I think it is important that I explain what fallacies are before even expatiating on the actual fallacies in circulation. According to Encarta Dictionaries (2009), a fallacy is a mistaken belief or idea, i.e., something that is believed to be true but is erroneous. In their view, it can also be a pure art of deceptiveness as I earlier introduced. In the second definition they give, which I believe to be the best in relation to Christianity, they define fallacy as an argument or reasoning in which the conclusion does not follow from the premises. This is usually the case in Christianity as the conclusions people arrive at do not always follow from the Biblical premises; and this is the exact situation in the case in study.
The Most Foolish Man?
On Friday, 10th January, 2014, I went to get lunch and as I was coming back, my attention was drawn to a particular campus fellowship meeting under a canopy. Thank God I didn’t check out the name, it would have registered in my head for bad. The preacher or prayer warrior who was leading the section of the service seemed to be very serious about what he was doing. Nevertheless, I was drawn by his excess shouting, unnecessary enthusiasm and forceful movements while preaching, exhorting, praying or God knows what he was doing. Yet, it was what he was saying while displaying that really caught my attention.
He was making reference to the man at the pool of Bethesda with an infirmity for thirty eight (38) years (John 5:2-5). He said that the man was the most foolish man he had ever seen or heard of. He said that the man was there for 38 years and he was still not able to enter the water. Can you just imagine such nonesense? He further said that if the man was really serious, he would have called one of his relatives and shouted and begged him/her to stand by his side to push him into the water whenever the angel of the Lord came to stir it. Yet again, can you just imagine such rubbish?
The Actual Biblical Facts
In response to that fallacy, let us look at the actual facts of the case. John 5:2-8 says:
“Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.”
We can see that the categories of people were impotent, blind, halt and withered people; and they were a great multitude – you know what that means. The New Living Translation classifies them as: blind, lame and paralyzed. As a result, even if they all knew the season the angel would come, it made little or no difference, they were very many – classified as a great multitude – and they were all totally crippled, that is why they were summarized in the King James Version as “Impotent”. As a result, you can see his response to Jesus when asked if he would be made whole. It is total clear from his response, that he was all alone, he said he had no man to help him. Where then did this fellowship young man get his facts from? The painful part is, that fallacy later turned out to be the basis for his prayer session.
Can you just imagine the kind of nonsense that is implanted into the heads and minds of people (especially young people) in churches and other Christian gatherings today? If you believe in the Bible, why then do you start cooking up different kinds of fallacies in the name of the same Bible? Or is it that you don’t know that you are just generating ecclesiastical fallacies? These fallacies are seriously affecting Christian relationships and diverting people from the true essence of Christianity. The Bible is your sure word; anything that is not of it should not be taken as being of it.
Cheers and God bless you infinitely!!!
Fallacy (2009). In Microsoft Encarta Dictionaries. Redmond, WA: Microsoft Corporation