In the earliest days of the church parallel teachings quickly developed, These teaching were sometimes based on only a few verses, misunderstandings, mixing with pagan thoughts and beliefs, and well meaning (probably) but heretical beliefs and teachings. There was noting more fundamental for the Church than the sacrifice, the crucifixion, and salvation by grace.
This very act, the crucifixion, brought many views and criticisms. One such heretical and critical view was that which proposed the crucifixion was a hoax, or was merely an illusion. It was taught and believed that Christ was not actually on the cross, but had either changed places with his cross bearer or the person on the cross, suffering, and dying was like a hologram or hallucination of sorts.
This by, i suppose, those who found it so hard to accept, so devastating and painful, and so very hard to even understand. How could the son of God truly die? How could God take is savior from us or allow his only son to die? Wasn’t Christ as the son of God incapable of death?
However instead of sound and true answers to these question some found it easier to accept a lie. It was more palatable to think of an illusion that admit the truth and accept salvation on it’s most simple and truest terms. It was too easy maybe, to comfortable even. In any case what could have started as disbelief in their very eyes, pain and shock, eventually laid the foundation for many heretical teachings and false Christian movements. But then, doesn’t that sound like the type of strong delusion, the humanist reaction, and earthly sentiment that ties people to the world and the evil that is so prevalent in it?
If that earth changing event occurred in our parents’, ours, or our children’s generation….
Thankfully, we are not dependent of the “what if” confusion. We know the truth, we share the truth, and we live the truth.
It is done, a matter of record, Testimony, fact, and delivered to us in the Word of God. There should be no room for “what ifs”, but for how, where, and when we are able to spread the gospel truth. The best reproof of delusion, no matter the strength or seeming harmlessness, the Word of God divides the truth from the false. But then, we all know that, and I may have just taken up your time for something that you feel self-evident.
But didn’t even a early president remarked “we hold these truths to be self evident” and used as the reference the very word of God to guide and direct the content and intent of the rest of the document. You know, the one that is bitterly debated, added to, changed, and even ignored. I suppose the realization that folks bitterly debate, add to, change, and even ignore the word of God, isn’t new either. In fact it isn’t and has been there every step of the growing church. It’s the same poison that entered the first garden and remains destructive, deceptive, and deluding today.