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The God of Good News, not News

It is a fact that technology evolves faster and faster. A great illustration of this is the development of wireless devices, which, in just over twenty years, jumped that famous "old fashion mobile" for pocket computers: smartphones. Only in this decade, statistics show that the Internet will produce more information than all that has been done in the last thirty years! Science, in turn, always discloses new theories about various subjects (one, very useful, and others, not so much), supporting the thesis that our generation is cracked in the new.

In this frantic scene changes, we acquired the tendency to constantly seek new and innovations in all areas of our lives. What, in itself, has nothing wrong. The problem is that this Ghana to innovate not only exists in the technology. People also seek at all times "theological novelties". And that's not today. See, eg, Acts 17:21: "All the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there spent caring for nothing but talk or hear the latest news."

This verse above one of my favorite speeches of the Apostle Paul. Using a lot of insight, he notes that in the huge pantheon of Greek gods of Athens, there was an altar dedicated to the "unknown god". Taking advantage of this creative illustration, Paul preaches the gospel to all who were there, including the addicts by the news of the gods and who did not know the true God.

If Paul did the same speech in a Christian church said today, I believe that unfortunately also find "people who did not take care of anything other than talk or hear the latest news." And this time, it is not a reference to the gossips. The audience to which I refer are those who invent their own concepts of God and spread the faith community, saying they have received a new heavenly revelation or discovered secret puzzles of Scripture were finally deciphered because of its unprecedented and incredible knowledge.

These "new" are different today, ranging from a theological concept which places God as a mere spectator of humanity events (open theism) to meetings that reduce the Holy Spirit noise, twirls and talk curled. Not to mention the Christian sects said that impose dates for the end of the world or change their doctrines according to what is politically correct. The "god" of such men is undoubtedly a god of updates. But it definitely is not the God of the good news announced by Paul in Acts 17.

Scripture makes it clear that God does not change like shifting shadows (James 1:17), which excludes the idea of God to transform or change its purpose to men (M 3.6). The Romans 12.6 text also points out that the teachings that are brought to the church should be in accordance with the "analogy of faith." This expression, especially used by the Puritans, argues that any supposedly divine message should not cancel or oppose what had been revealed by God above.

Therefore, the attitude that the people of God must have before any message being preached is the same as the Bereans, who "searched the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so" (Acts 17:11). And even if an angel proclaims a different message preached by the prophets and apostles (Eph 2:20), the church should not give credence to the "theological novelty" (Gal 1.8).

God does not change or evolve like the smartphones of today. So instead we take to church any supposed novelty, we must, instead, bring to the world the good news of God's saving Gospel, just as the Apostle Paul did in Athens. For the lost, that message will be a source of salvation and hope, while for believers sure the immutability of God will bring conviction and safety of a future part of our Savior.

Glory to the unchangeable God for the good news of salvation!

Nickolas Ramos

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