pluralism meets perfection

October 2015 (12)Mark 9:5-10

5 Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here; we will make three tents, for you one, for Moses one, and for Elijah one.” 6 He did not know what to say, because they were terrified. 7 Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This one is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” 8 Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus. 9 When they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had been raised from the dead. 10 So they kept the word, debating among themselves what this being raised from the dead could mean.

pluralism meets perfection

The disciples realised that it was Moses and Elijah with Christ in the transfiguration vision. Peter’s offer to make three tents would fit quite well with the modern pluralist mind-set. He knew that the whole group would have benefitted from spending time with each of these great religious leaders. But the Father’s rebuke came from the cloud. When pluralism meets perfection, it needs to stop asking for insight from the less-than-perfect.

In many parts of the world today, societies that were formerly Christian are starting to seek wisdom and input from other religions and ideologies. The voice from the cloud is speaking to us, telling us that such searching is a bad idea.

LORD, give us the wisdom to seek your counsel, because you are God’s Son, the Beloved.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is a former Christian missionary and a candidate for pastoral ministry. You can contact him at -- !
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