FIGHT OR FLIGHT
any people know about the instinctive process found in human beings which is typically dubbed Fight Or Flight. This is said to be associated with some form of primal nature in which people, when confronted by a powerful force (such as a physical predator), have a split second decision whether they will fight, or flee -- hence the widely used concept of Fight Or Flight.
Oddly enough, in a recent conversation I had with a Christian leader of some repute, he was describing his bewilderment over so much controversy within the various factions of prophecy and Biblical interpretation -- and when he said this, it was the Fight Or Flightconceptwhich popped into my head. This gentlemen was saying what many have said, in that so many knowledgeable people are polarized with differing perspectives, it's downright intimidating to the layman. Further, he noted how the overwhelming majority of believers have no idea concerning modestly sophisticated concepts such as Arminianism, Amillennialism, Preterism, or even Historicism, Futurism, orDispensationalism; so he blithely told me he wasn't going to take any position on prophecy. In other words, he had decided to take Flight, rather than Fight for the truth, because, with "so many fine Christians" holding to so many diverse views, he felt he was not in a position to receive the absolute truth.
This point of view is widespread, and it is a tacit confession the person does not believe anyone actually has all the truth. In the midst of the great falling away of our time, in which the Christianized Tower of Babel speaks in so many theological dialects, it's not difficult to recognize this sad state of affairs. After all, Jesus did tell us the Kingdom of God would be completely leavened after all three "measures" had been applied to the body of Christ. However, He also flatly told the believers they will know the truth (with the word knowindicatingan intimacy in the realm of the Spirit as that seen when Adam knew Eve his wife), and the TRUTH would set us free:
"And ye shall KNOW the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:32).
This profound relationship with the TRUTH of Jesus Christ is not what we see in the fractured religion of our time, for the contemporary church would be more at home worshiping Humpty Dumpty than Jesus. Indeed, the fictional figure was noteworthy because of the fact that he was split into so many pieces, and like the "church" of our time, no one is be able to put "Humpty" back together again.
To a certain extent, the shattered religion of Christianity is not dissimilar to the Bible translation controversy. Most conservative believers will tell you the Bible is the perfect Word of God, but they then retreat to a double-mind worldview that believes we don't actually possess a perfect Bible! In other words, their point of view may be paraphrased as the folloing:
"I believe in the inspired Word of God, I just don't think it exists, or I'm just not sure what it is...."
This is the same phenomena which I'm describing in Fight Or Flight, for most believers have never come to the place where they've even studied enough Scripture to step outside of the box in which they were born again. Indeed, many have only seen a tiny flicker of a candle, when the true Gospel of Jesus Christ is
"...the bright and morning star....[and] his countenance as the sun shineth in his strength" (Revelation 22:16,1:16).
Ironically, it is actually a hopeful sign that we still see those who will struggle for that which they believe to be the true Gospel. Even though most are in error, some still have the fervor of their convictions. Few stop to think that Jesus actually said he would rather a person were completely "cold" (or dead wrong in their understanding), rather than just sitting on the sidelines, and never entering in to the fray:
"...thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth" (Revealtion 3:15,16).
This is, of course, the classic text illustrating the Synthetic perspective that seeks to compromise between the two polarities of truth and lies (Thesis versus Antithesis), and the lukewarm product this process produces is deadly.
Thus, whenever I receive one of the barbed reproaches or rebukes which come my way on a regular basis, I recognize that at least this person still has a pulse, and I know that even an aggressive blind man may eventually find the door. The Lukewarm party, on the other hand, is the one who knows of the apostasy of so many, but will continue to dialogue with them because they believe that everyone they encounter has at least part of the puzzle, so they then proceed to take what they perceive to be the "good parts" from this multitude of blind guides, and combining them all into one customized version of the Gospel, they try to put Humpty Dumpty back together again.
This is how the Beast arrived, in the form of a composite gospel with a thousand variations, but the truth is, there is only ONE Gospel. Thus, whenever I encounter that ever changing Beast, Flight is not an option, so out comes the Sword of Truth, because it looks like there's going to be a Fight.
"It was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was ONCE delivered unto the Saints" (Jude 1:3)
-- James Lloyd