Wikipedia is brilliant! It’s not always accurate, but the concept is nevertheless, brilliant.
There are some things that Wikipedia will never be able to fully communicate to the reader, among them are key elements of the Christian’s walk with God. The truth is, these factors are not communicated easily in real life by either the spoken word or by observation. You can write about them and speak about them, but for the most part, they are quickly forgotten or taken for granted.
The Christian life is a lifelong walk of discipleship. We are constantly learning what it means to take up our cross daily and follow after Jesus. Time after time we find ourselves in the place of vulnerability where we are no longer eating meat but drinking milk like toddlers. The disciples themselves shared the same learning curves – one minute hearing about loving their neighbour as themselves, and then in the next minute being able to produce two swords to deal with the situation at hand. Wikipedia would find this confusing.
Having a servant heart is another such tension. Serving one another and putting each other’s interests first also raises consternation for Wikipedia, where the normal default position for humanity is preservation of self-interest, and where self-esteem s applauded.
Wikipedia doesn’t tell you how to live your life trusting Christ alone for your salvation. It also has no grasp of how grace covers a vast multitude of sins and that there is nothing, absolutely nothing that you need do to earn your salvation, and furthermore – nothing is required of you.
It is inconceivable to Wikipedia that nothing, not even your most extreme acts of kindness, generosity or even giving your life for another, can make God love you one atomic mass unit i more than He already does. Similarly your most hideous crime would not make Him love you one unit less. Breathtaking.
Wikipedia is an interesting read, but it does not compare with the Bible.
The word of God, the Bible, is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12) The books of this world will all perish, but the Word of God endures for eternity. Psalm 119:89)
Wikipedia is only around for a short while, so enjoy it!
- The unified atomic mass unit (symbol: u) or Dalton (symbol: Da) is the standard unit that is used for indicating mass on an atomic or molecular scale (atomic mass). One unified atomic mass unit is approximately the mass of one nucleon (either a single proton or neutron) and is equivalent to 1 g/mol. It is defined as one twelfth of the mass of an unbound neutral atom of carbon-12 in its nuclear and electronic ground state, and has a value of 1.660538921(73)×10−27 kg. (back)