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vain. conversation. without understanding.

it is theologically sexy to have a conversation.

“c’mon, let’s just sit down and have a chat, ask a few questions.  it’s unlikely we will arrive at any answers, but there is no danger in that.

“we can meet over coffee.

“everybody is doing it.”

there is a certain seductive logic to “mere conversationalism.”  nobody has to be dogmatic.  nobody has to be an authority.

asking innocent questions. revisiting issues that we just assume the answers to. healthy skepticism.

20081211-conversating2no harm in that.

or is there?

ask Eve.

conversations and questions are not always innocent.  they are not always safe.

sometimes conversations, be it intentionally or not, can switch from benign to malignant in a moment.

or they may just be malignant from the beginning.

in the Garden, the serpent’s questions were designed to insert doubt into Eve’s mind.  they were designed to cause her to question what she knew to be true.

they were designed to obscure the truth – conversationally.

granted, not all conversations are malicious in this way.  most are not.

here’s Paul:

“Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion, desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions.” (1 Timothy 1:6-7)

there is vanity in speaking of things which you have no business speaking of.

there is grave danger in ignorant conversations.

sometimes confident assertions come in the form of questions.

what kinds of questions do you find yourself asking of yourself, of others, of God?

do you really want the answers?  do you really desire, at the end of the day, at the end of the conversation, to find yourself prostrate in worship before the authority of God?

question with care. converse with care.

Hymenaeus and Alexander were handed over to Satan for their blasphemies (v20).

  1. December 12, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    This post would be good advice for those who wander in the wilderness and learn at the feet of people posing as pastors in churches aligned with, or embracing the flimsy theology of the emergent village. It is interesting the degree to which “conversations” are the prefered means by which they teach and apply the Word of God.

    Having reached a level of confidence, presumably through lively conversation, they have taken a step of faith, and published their own New Testament, which doubtlessly will reflect a measure of the vanity you speak of in your post.

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