Flying Fish and Faith

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Thursday, February 17, 2022


The pages of scripture are lining the streets, crumpled and charred by worldly passion. And I have felt the heat of these dangerous flames.    

As a young woman called to partake in ministry, I have often wondered what that means for me. I have asked Christians of all denominations what the Bible says about women pastor-hood and like topics. Much to my dismay, I have found that many Christians are not concerned with God’s opinion on such issues, but only what is allowed by their specific church or utilizing the “flaws” of Scripture to make God’s will conform to theirs.    

I have found myself disgusted by the lackluster convictions of my Chrisitan brothers and sisters; by their abandonment of the belief that the Bible is divinely inspired so that they can do whatever they please. Through these observations, I have begun to compare Christians to flying fish.   

God designed flying fish with winglike pectoral fins so that they could glide above the water for up to six hundred and fifty feet! Despite their marvelous design, they are still in constant life-threatening struggles between avoiding the predators of the sky and the predators of the sea. Flying fish are also very attracted to light, and because of this, they will toss themselves into well-lit boats.    

Similarly, Christians struggle between submitting to familiar interpretations of the Bible and abandoning God’s word altogether. They should be battling out their questions to submit to God’s will. A Christian’s concern should be how divine they regard the message of God’s word and the gospel. Despite this, many who profess themselves to be faithful Christians have denied God’s word so that they can throw themselves into whatever religious movement appears the easiest to understand and accept.    

Are such people even Christians? Well, a Christian is someone redeemed through Christ. A person cannot accept salvation without accepting their failings and recognizing Jesus as savior. If the Bible is a book of lies, then it is an inadequate justification for the belief that we are sinners or that Jesus is our savior. Plainly speaking, one must believe fully in the Bible to believe in Christ.   

The Bible also says that we may identify Christians by how they behave (Matt. 7:15-20). Even considering the most uncontroversial topics, Christians who do not see the Bible as divinely inspired fail to produce spiritual fruit. A poll taken by American Worldview Inventory 2020 found Christians with a skeptical view of the Bible are less likely to have a biblical worldview. Additionally, young people are attending church and reading the Bible less, and this could connect to how the idea of divine doctrine is dying in America.     

Additionally, concerning approval of homosexuality and abortion legalization, the Christian opinion is more evenly divided but still leaning towards acceptance. Again, these opinions are more prevalent among the younger generations. When “‘born-again’ Christians constitute one-third of the population (33%), but less than one out of five holds a biblical worldview (19%),” the ideologies of the overall population change. After all, when a person believes the Bible contains both error and truth rather than solely the word of God, they can disregard any part of scripture they feel goes against their agenda.   

“We receive salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ” (Eph. 2:8-9), and we receive wisdom by God’s word through faith alone in Him. The purpose of this article is not to cause division among Christians. Two people can equally love God and come to different convictions, but they must battle out the lies and deceptions of the serpent using the Holy Spirit and Scripture as their weapons, not their own understanding.   

The one person who knows all righteousness and truth is Jesus Christ. He gave us the Bible that we could reside in the extraordinary truth of the gospel and come to him in humility. However, it is impossible to receive that truth if we deny that the Bible is divinely inspired, for all Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work (2 Tim. 3:16). 

As weak humans, we wish God would remove the spiritual predators from our lives. However, God designed everything with the intention that, like flying fish, we could glide above the dark waters and below the preying beasts to show the glory of our Creator. 

Ellie Dickson is a non-denominational Christian. She has passionately loved Jesus from a young age and now, as a young woman, is trying to find her place in the occupations of ministry and media. She is unafraid to speak the truth with clarity and in fullness and only wants a megaphone to speak it through.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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About Ellie Dickson

Ellie Dickson is a non-denominational Christian. She has passionately loved Jesus from a young age and now, as a young woman, is trying to find her place in the occupations of ministry and media. She is unafraid to speak the truth with clarity and in fullness and only wants a megaphone to speak it through.

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