For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
– 1 Corinthians 14:33 (KJV)
While returning home from a Dunkin’ Donuts shop, I met a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses who was going door to door evangelizing in my neighborhood. He had companions with him but they decided to leave him alone with me which surprised me. Being alone and separating
from your teammates while evangelizing door-to-door is probably not a good idea for any Christian of any denomination (Luke 10:1; Mark 6:7 ).
Anyway, we discussed several Biblical issues. We
went back and forth going over one theological topic
after another. I took notes of some of his conclusions
which I may comment in future blogs.
After questioning him on some of his beliefs and explaining my thoughts and convictions about the Bible, we began focusing more where we disagreed. Finally he asked me the question perhaps some of you have probably heard often: “Is God the author of confusion?”
I stopped my train of thought when I heard this and
realized that the question he posed was likely a
“straw man argument” given to divert the topic of conversation
to another area. This question was boldly attempting
to show me that much of what I believed was not Biblically
correct or accurate – and therefore, not of God.
Next time I meet this person and he asks this same question, I may respond (in a nice way, of course), by asking him: “Why are you confused? How did you come to believe what you do? Are not your viewpoints of the Bible twisted and in error?”
When he replies with, “YOU are the one who is confused”, I will tell him that “much of the religious doctrines and dogmas taught by organizations such as yours have caused confusion in many ways.”
Yes, God is NOT the author of confusion. True. But there is much confusion – especially seen among Christian churches. It very much appears God has allowed for it to occur.
For example, God allowed Satan to initiate confusion when he asked Eve, “Did God really say that you will not die if you partake of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil?” This question may have caused Eve to doubt. Although Adam was never deceived (1 Timothy 2:14), the question posed by Satan did cause Adam and Eve to have an illicit desire to act separately against God’s command not to partake of the fruit. This action was sin which has affected all generations since then to want to be, by nature and for the most part, separate from God.
Question: Did God want this to happen?
Answer: No, but He gave Adam and Eve the choice to act independently – even if it were to result in a separation between them and God.
Years later, because of the heinous ways of living due to sin prevailing throughout the land, God caused a worldwide flood to wipe out the inhabitants of the earth – except for eight individuals. God separated the good from the evil. God started afresh with Noah and his descendants.
Years later, at theTower of Babel, God caused confusion on the earth by causing all the inhabitants of the world to speak in different languages (Gen. 11:1-9). God initiated confusion by separating tribes and families from communicating with each other. Why? In order to terminate their bold project of building a structure which was against God’s will (Gen. 11:6).
Today, there is much confusion among religions of the
world, particularly within the Christian community.
Atheists, agnostics and skeptics note this . They see
blaring differences and separation between Christian
church organizations. They thus conclude God does
Again, God is not the author of confusion regarding what He tells us in the Bible. Would God speak to man to deliberately deceive him to do evil? No, of course not. But many of you will quote John 12:37-41 …
37 But although He had done so many signs before them, they did not believe in Him,
38 that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke:“Lord, who has believed our report?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”
39 Therefore they could not believe, because Isaiah said again:
40 “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts,
Lest they should see with their eyes,
Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,
So that I should heal them.”
41 These things Isaiah said when he saw His glory and spoke of Him.
It was Jesus Christ, God’s Word on earth, who stated that it was because of their unbelief, rebelliousness and sinful nature that God kept these people blind during the time of Isaiah – “spiritually blind”. Christ saw this condition continuing in His day which remains with us today.
In ancient Israel, confusion was purposely handed down to the nation when the leaders of the northern tribes of Israel rejected the rule of king Solomon’s son, Rehobooam, and seceded themselves from the nation of Israel and formed a new nation. They immediately instituted new holy days and customs that were contrary to the covenant God made with them through Moses after being delivered from Egypt. The later generations of these Israelites began worshipping other gods which led to their downfall – a separation from the land via captivity by the Assyrian empire.
The citizens of the southern nation of Judah ultimately were also taken into captivity, separated from their homes, into the land of Babylon. Why? The inhabitants of the kingdom of Judah had rejected the true God and also worshipped other gods just as the northern kingdom did years before. Even though God sent them His word of warning through the prophets, they continued in error.
What is my point of all this? Whenever God and/or the knowledge of His His Word are rejected by people – especially in a church, a corruption and subsequent separation occur among them. The result is confusion. Therefore, it is mankind, fallen mankind since Adam and Eve, who is actually the author, the actual primary cause, of confusion.
– – to be continued – –