4 Neither [mede] give heed [prosecho] to fables [muthos] and [kai] endless [aperantos] genealogies, [genealogia] which [hostis] minister [parecho] questions, [zetesis] rather [mallon] than [e] godly [theos] edifying [oikodomia] which [ho] is in [en] faith: [pistis] so do.KJV-Interlinear
4 nor to pay
attention to myths and endless genealogies, which give rise to mere speculation
rather than furthering the administration of God which is by faith.NASB
The false teachers, the
deceivers, those who will try to confuse and misdirect your life are in error
themselves. Their goal is to get you to see things their way.This is a competition to them and nothing
more than ego driven rhetoric to win the argument.Their motive is to prevent you from traveling
your own course, which is different from theirs.And the effect of their whole agenda is loss
to you, if you yield to them.
Satan is the father of
policy of evil, is the pattern of lies, intertwined in a complex web of
ambiguity and confusion or subtle appeals to the emotions, wherein he can
fabricate almost any argument of out of nothing.His goal?To get you to quit your
position in truth.
The lies of the world
have but one objective, which is to make you lose.
And so Paul teaches us
here, that the deceivers, the false prophets of the world will fabricate false
arguments, of which their objective is to argue.They are not interested in truth, but in
confusion and debate.
You have probably
already been confronted by so called atheists, secularists, or those of other
religions, who want to debate.But in
truth there is no debate, there is nothing to prove. Truth is simply
truth.Only in lies is there a need to
debate in order to give the lies some sort of respectability.
Endless myths, are simply that, fabricated arguments, fabricated
statistics, invented facts, things that are intended to provoke confrontation.They are arguments which describe the bad
things of the world, and attempt to prove that God is therefore bad, because
people or circumstances are bad.They
are a projection of bad things onto God.
Endless genealogies, is
a list of names of ancestors, but it is also lists in general of causes and
reactions.These lists do not exist and
cannot be proven, nor do they carry any weight in truth.
For, the records of the
lines of humanity were effectively shut down when Christ was born.This cancels religious attempts to destroy
Christianity by creating lineage after the time of Christ.No sons or daughters of Jesus.No lineage for other religions such as Islam,
to justify themselves.No lineage to
create a super or elite class of people.
In other words, all
arguments of false teaching are an attempt to give man credit for his own
efforts, thus cancelling out the work of Christ as the basis for salvation.
There are only two categories
into which all theology or philosophies fit.The first is salvation by faith through the work of Christ.And the second category which includes atheists,
is salvation or a better view of life, by means of mans cognizance or effort.
Today, we know more about
the makeup of this universe, than ever before. We are still learning, and even
those who are actively engaged in the science of discovery, do not have all of
the answers.And yet, you will come into
contact with those who are not scientists, who are not graduates with degrees,
who are not actively participating in some science, but who seem to have all of
the answers, even of life beyond this one.
Their courage comes
from behind a keyboard, hidden behind an internet, and armed with arguments
that have no means of proof or verification.But they are impressed with their own arguments and presume that you are
impressed with their words as well.
Their intent is not to
provide you with a better life, but only to defeat you in the argument.In either case they lose, and they could care
less about what the outcome is for your life.
Christianity does not
try to destroy.Christianity does not
seek out argument for arguments sake.Christianity cares a great deal about your future, for when you win,
then everyone is better off.
Christianity has but
one objective, to build you up to a point of completion and total success.Paul calls this edifying, oikodomia,
which means to build, to complete, a building, a dwelling, a home that is fully
ready to live within.
The purpose of Christianity is not to promote the
instructor, not to allow an instructor restrictive control over those who he
teaches, not to entertain, not to promote life through emotion only, but to
promote growth through substance.
You have to eat, if you are to grow and remain
If you sing and say the right things only to
exercise your emotions, recite endless clich s or slang in order to create an
identity for yourself, that is no different than standing outside of a great
restaurant and smelling the aroma only.You cannot live on the smells only.
Your life depends on the construction and
completion of your soul, and that requires material, real building material, which
is Bible doctrine.
Myths and endless lists
may be impressive, but they are in fact, nothing.
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