‘Grey Areas’

Posted: 21 July, 2008 in Theology
Escher Relativity

Escher Relativity

Imagine you’re in the sea. Its 12:00 on a cloudless day. There’s not a piece of land in sight. Its just you and the water. You swim for hours trying desperately to save yourself from drowning, but your surroundings remain unchanged. How would you know that you’ve moved at all? How could you know that you haven’t just been swimming around in circles?

With that thought in mind read the rest:

We had a very interesting discussion in our FBH class about three weeks ago and one of the points that came up was that of ‘grey areas’ in the Bible. These are supposed to be issues about which one cannot be too dogmatic because it would seem that the Bible is indifferent regarding them.

Amazingly, we were able to solve this problem which has bugged pastors and theologians for centuries! (People are quick to label something a grey area when they are convicted of it by someone else) If this seems arrogant to you then I should clarify that there are indeed areas about which the Bible seems to say nothing directly.

What is grey but a mixture of black and white? Is there anything which is both wrong and right at the same time? Some would suggest that there is, but that is nothing less than the curse of post-modern thinking. There are definite standards and something is either right or wrong, it cannot be both. Thus, the idea of ‘grey areas’ quickly disappears in a puff of logic. We can differ in our interpretation of the Bible, but ultimately there is only one ‘right’.

The illustration in the beginning shows the absolute necessity for a reference-point. Without one, we are swimming in a sea of relativity. Without a reference point, all of reality becomes whatever we perceive it to be. This is the way the world is heading and its an extremely scary, insecure and dangerous way to live.

I for one thank God for His Word – my ultimate standard. The reference point and lighthouse which I’m swimming towards!

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Comments
  1. Kaitlin says:

    Great post Antz! I really wish more Christians realized what you just wrote about it. Nowadays so many professing Christians just pick and choose what they believe. I think it’s really sad that they’re so blind to the complete truth and total inerrancy of Scripture. Again, great post!

    I love the new look too!

  2. Quintin says:

    “What is grey but a mixture of black and white?”

    Excellent point! By admitting there is grey – people are actually admitting there is probably some evil in it. It is so terrible that some Christians can fall into this trap without ever thinking of these words:

    “… what fellowship has light with darkness?” [2 Cor 6:14]

    God bless!

  3. Caleb Gage says:

    Here’s a grey area: is it right for me to wear a white shirt? 😉

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