Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Why church matters...

It's theologically incorrect to say, "All you need is God."

Think about this with me for a minute.

In the perfect world God created before sin, God saw one man surrounded by flawless paradise on all sides and said...

"It's not good for man to be alone." (Genesis 2:18)

What? How can that be?

God was in community with Himself (The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). But at this point in the narrative, Adam was not in community with another human being as God designed. Yes, Adam had an intimate relationship with God that was unhindered by sin at this point and undoubtedly he enjoyed God's awesome creation. But he didn't have another human being "suitable" with whom he could live in community. So God declared it was "not good."

Then God made Adam a friend, a partner, and, yes, a lover.

But don't check out yet.

This post is NOT about marriage—but rather it's about our God-given need for human community. (Think about it. It's possible to be married and not live in real community with each other. Conversely, it's possible to be single enjoy living in true community with others.)

I believe the first two chapters of the Bible show us clearly that God craves for us to be in community with Him and each other.

To put it bluntly: God himself doesn't think that we only need Him.

This is why I contend that it's theologically incorrect to say, "All you need is God."

The biblical truth is: We need God and each other.
Good theology is weology.

Check out this short and powerfully true video.


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