For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
– 1 Corinthians 14:33 (KJV)
In part 1 of Is God the Author of Confusion?, I mentioned how I recently had a conversation with a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses (I will abbreviate as JW in this post) who was going door to door evangelizing in my neighborhood. I also mentioned that I was very surprised his companions had decided to separate themselves from him and let him be alone with me to talk about Christian doctrines. 
We primarily discussed the topic on the nature
of God and who is Jesus Christ. I already knew the JW’s
belief about Jesus being created before being
born of a virgin. They believe that Christ did not
always exist before He was born.
I told him my position, my view, about
Jesus being God and a Person of the Trinity;
how He is eternal, divine and to be worshiped.
After telling him how I do not know all or fully
understand the mystery of the three-persons-yet-one
Godhead, the JW person countered with: “Is God the
author of confusion?”
There is much confusion among the saints in church organizations today regarding God and His Word. Why is this so? There are many causes. One reason: Several members of a church do not agree with a particular teaching among them. This often leads to a separation, a split, or a division among the membership.
Another reason for apparent confusion among the saints is due to corruption of the doctrines held by a church usually initiated from outside the church. The early saints, for example, had to deal with Gnosticism, Arianism, and Marcionism, etc., infiltrating the church.
Martin Luther, a theologian of the 16th century, saw much corruption within the Roman Catholic Church. Luther realized how profusely the Bible had been ignored and neglected by the clergy of his day. After posting objections and suggestions to that church, eventually a split occurred and the Protestant Reformation officially began.
Today, it seems so odd we Christians live in an age where the Bible is greatly and readily available, yet there remains confusion of theology. Much Biblical research and discovery for study have affirmed the veracity of the Scriptures. Bible commentaries, dictionaries and concordances are everywhere – especially on the Internet. More Christians than ever have been able to read their own Bibles in their own homes. Yet, splits, arguments, and divisions continue to occur birthing new churches to the world.
Much division has been caused by many Christians not accepting important passages of the Bible or misunderstanding various concepts and narratives within it. Rejection of portions of the Bible is also expressed by those, for example, who want to espouse and defer to the same-sex social issues of society rather than on God’s view and purpose for man.
But something unique happened when I conversed theology with this JW member evangelizing near my home. As we were discussing who is Jesus Christ, I mentioned to him the Bible term, Immanuel, which in Hebrew means God with us . The JW did not know what I was talking about. I repeated to him that Jesus is the Immanuel mentioned in Isaiah 7:14. This JW looked puzzled. I then began to think whether or not he may have been born of parents who were JWs themselves and therefore never had him be fully versed about this.
Anyway, after mentioning this again, he paused and suddenly told me he remembered something about that word. He immediately began attempting to change the subject by bringing out other scripture to my attention. But I persisted with him about the word, Immanuel, and how, with God, it is not impossible for Him to be a Trinity (Mark 10:27).
Something in his eyes told me that something registered with him. Had his companions been with him they probably would have stepped in and rationalized an answer or two on the topic. But something caught his thinking for a brief moment which he then quickly brushed aside.
I may be wrong here, but I believe God planted a seed within him that, one day down the road, will sprout as it gets watered by God. I sensed that my role at that moment was not to convert him right then and there; it was not for me to win any argument or debate, but to have seed of God’s Word be planted into this JW. It is difficult to explain what I experienced.
Many times, when there is debate among people about the teachings from the Bible, no one gets changed on the spot. This means that I can know all the truths of the Bible and eloquently expound them onto someone during a religious discussion, but chances are the other person will NOT change at that moment. If, however, there were immediate understanding, agreement and repentance among those who listen to me, I can rest assured the Holy Spirit had been very active at that moment. Changing of beliefs, conversion, happens within an individual because something occurred between him and God.
Our minds are like soil that is either fertile for God or not so cultivated for Him. The question is, (and these are just my thoughts and speculation) what kind of seed does God plant?
Also, what other seed not belonging to God are there that are being planted into the minds of individuals? The answer to the second question is obvious by looking at the diversity of religions all around with their numerous offshoots.
I was born into a family with strong Roman Catholic traditions. The seed of Catholicism was planted in me at an early age. Did God deliberately allow this? Of course! But, in my case, God, according to His will, soon separated me from it due to other seed He had planted into me as I got older. Why did not God do this in the first place? Was God authoring confusion into my life? As a child, I really did not have much of a choice. How did this second, significant planting of seed happen to me?
Well, it was during my late teenage years that unorthodox seed was planted by listening to a religious preacher on the radio that led me to ultimately worship alongside saints who did not believe in Christmas and Easter. I kept holy days and customs that Roman Catholics (and mainstream Christianity) do not observe.
As a member of this unorthodox church, I prayed to God. I studied His Bible and regularly attended church services. Again, this new seed He allowed to be planted in me came at a time I was a full-fledged Catholic. It sprouted and grew causing me to change and separate from Catholic teachings to unorthodox Christian teachings. These teachings I had to unlearn later on as yet other seed was later planted into me! How could God do this again to me?! Is God the author of confusion?
Was God confusing me by planting me into a non-orthodox church organization? No. Was God causing me to become confused when I left (separated) from the Roman Catholic Church that my parents were in? No. Did He cause me to become confused with “error” and “wrong teaching”? I do not think so. He planted and watered different seed into me at various periods in my life. Why did God do this?
Well, wait a minute! How would I ever be able to post content of these blogs if I had NOT chosen to allow His seed to grow within me throughout the course of my life? I am who I am today because of change and growth, change and growth, change and growth, step by step, God caused to occur in my life. God is not the author of confusion. He is an all-wise God who is a Master Potter, a Master Creator of all individuals – all fashioned to have potential and purpose in life. This is a huge topic which shows how sovereign and in control God is.
God could have allowed other seed to be planted within me. The seed of Hinduism, for example, could have been planted instead. I could have allowed Satanic seed such as occultism and witchcraft to be planted into me and grow. The seed of atheism may have grown within me had I chosen to accept and nurture it. Plus, there could have been seed in me which could have grown to be that of thorns and thistles (Luke 8:14). Roots of bitterness could also have taken hold (Hebrews 12:15).
Again, does all this mean God is the author of confusion – especially among Christians in the church? Answer: No. There are other reasons as I mentioned earlier. But God is the maker of good seed that He plants into whomever and whenever He so pleases.
Is the Jehovah Witness that I conversed with lost to go to hell forever? No, I do not believe so. He is the result of seed that has sprouted and grown within him at this time. This Jehovah Witness, along with other JWs, go door to door planting seed themselves. Some which fall on fertile soil and become new JWs. Whether God always desires this to happen is really not my place here to be dogmatic. Who fully understands God’s will and plans in the affairs of His creation? All I know is that God is in control. He plants seed and we have free moral agency to choose and grow in the manner He established us to go. All this sounds odd and contradictory, doesn’t it. Yet, this shows that God truly is, through Jesus Christ, Emmanuel, God with us.
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 I do not want to leave you the impression that being one on one with someone as you witness Christ to others is better than witnessing before larger groups of persons. That is not the case at all. At times it is better to witness to a large number of unbelievers! Future blog here – Lord willing!
In this instance, God may have separated this Jehovah Witness from the others to help me see seed being planted.
 Emmanuel in the Greek New Testament
Emmanuel (Hallowed Manger Ground) (2009)
lyrics – Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash
music – Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash
sung by – Chris Tomlin
genre – Christmas, contemporary Christian
album – Glory in the Highest: Christmas Songs of Worship
What hope we hold this starlit night
A King is born in Bethlehem
Our journey long, we seek the light
That leads to the hallowed manger ground
What fear we felt in the silent age
Four-hundred years can He be found
But broken by a baby’s cry
Rejoice in the hallowed manger ground
God incarnate, here to dwell
Praise His name Emmanuel
The son of God, here born to bleed
A crown of thorns would pierce His brow
And we beheld this offering
Exalted now the King of kings
Praise God for the hallowed manger ground
God incarnate, here to dwell
Praise His name Emmanuel
Oh, praise His name Emmanuel
Oh, praise His name Emmanuel