As advertised in National Geographic, Sep, 1941.
Are you sporting a shiny white pair of false teeth? Before you tune me out I should mention that I not speaking literally but spiritually. Consider this verse:
In times of crisis it is crucial that you have a correct understanding of "the first principles of the oracles of God, " or who God is, what He does, and what He doesn't do. If your view of the heavenly Father is skewed or incorrect you will find yourself struggling to explain the character of The Father to those around you who desperately need answers. Crisis/hard situations requires real teeth to "chew through" and understand. If you have not been "exercising your spiritual senses/teeth" you will find yourself turning to someone else to chew it for you (GROSS!) or perhaps buying spiritual false teeth (have fun with that).For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. Hebrews 5:12-14 (NKJV)
Consider the recent tragedy in Haiti. The responses by Christians to the earthquake has been all across the board. It is really making me examine my theology. Here are few of the camps:
1. The Haitians are grievously sinful people and earthquake is judgment by God for their sin.
2. God is love and would not cause harm. The Haitian nation is in spiritual bondage and demonic forces caused the earthquake.
3. God is sovereign and in control. He caused the earthquake not out of judgment, but with a "infinitely wise and good purpose."
This is not an all inclusive list by any means and I'm sure there are other biblical views to consider as well. The point of me writing this is to make you (and me) THINK about it. What exactly is it that you believe and why? It's time to move beyond the milk, false teeth, and regurgitated food ("first principles") into the fullness of the deep principles of God.
Don't leave behind your principles or one day your principles will leave you behind.