Overstating Truth Often Results In Lies

One of the problems with Christianity is that it’s simple, and yet, in explaining the ins and outs, it’s easy to oversimplify!

Overstatement is the killer of logic.

Overstatement is what most of our Christian lingo is.

“Let go and let God” is overstatement. It is based on a solid principle–God is better at doing things than you are–but it ignores every passage in the Bible that speaks to your responsibilities.

“All you need to do to be saved is ask Jesus into your heart” is overstatement. Ask James. Again, it’s based on solid principle–call on the name of the Lord and you will be saved–while ignoring every passage of the Bible that explains that calling on the name of the Lord and Faith mean obey the stuff the One who has the name of the Lord says.

“God is in control” is overstatement. There is solid principle for the sovereignty of God, but there is also the great problem of sin and the god of this world who is having his way with people. Yes, God is in control, but that does not mean God made all the bad stuff happen, our rebellion did that.

“I believe it because that’s what the Bible says” is overstatement. Again, not that there is no solid foundation for this–Thy word is truth–but what people think the Bible says and what the Bible says are two different things. Don’t be so sure you know what the Bible says, particularly if you haven’t read it!

I could go on, but I’m tired of Googling Christian cliches.

Christians like overstatement because overstatement sounds easy and authoritative. But most biblical subjects are quite complex, even in their simplicity.

“Just leave it with the Lord” sounds comforting, sounds like there is authority and power there, but in the end means absolutely nothing. How do I leave stuff with the Lord? Did the Lord tell me to leave this, or perhaps I should, as He once told Joshua, “Why are you here crying about this? Go take care of the problem, man!” (That was a paraphrase!)

Be careful of overstating your point to the extent you are now speaking what is false. Overstatement often comes during arguments where you back yourself further and further into very dark, inescapable corners.

Hyperbole has a place, but it rarely serves to lead people to truth.