The current mounting collection of theological works is based mainly on one thing – the knowledge of man. Humans trying to work out God, generally through the intellectual study of the Bible. This is the downfall of Man. Many wonder how on earth we could work out the will of God without intellectual study.
1 Corinthians 1:20 “Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?”
Why are we relying on the wisdom of the world when scriptures such as this are there as plain as day?
It is pure and simply a problem that started at the tree in the garden of Eden. Human reasoning was what Eve did when instead of listening and obeying the instruction of God, she thought about what the serpent had said and reasoned her way into eating the fruit.
If you read the story of Jeroboam in 1 Kings 11 – 14 we see that in 1 Kings 11:31 he is promised 10 tribes of Israel. This is God's promise to him, but he misses out on the inheritance and blessings because we see in 1 Kings 12:26 “Jeroboam thought to himself,....”. He was afraid that the required changes to the religious systems in order for him to be King wouldn't work, so he made up a heap of his own. He thought to himself.
This is the historical and daily difficulty we face both in churches and as individuals. We desperately seek God, but instead of believing in him we use human reasoning and the wisdom of this world.
Many of the traditions which have been around for centuries are as a result of a few people getting together and thinking about what is needed to please the people, just like Jeroboam did. What has happened is that we are loosing our inheritance and blessings just as he did also.
The giant fig is a grand tree, and it begins it's life by attaching itself to another tree and growing on top of it. God and his way is like the original tree, and the churches have become like the giant fig. Sure it looks magnificent, and we stand in awe of it's size. It is sturdy and strong and provides shade and shelter for animals. The original tree is what we seek, however, and the unadulterated truth of God is inside there somewhere slowly being choked out.
Maybe if we put the text books away and let our minds be quiet for a while and stop reasoning we could listen to that small still voice...