What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 1:9, NIV 1984).
My Musings – “One of the most important reasons for studying history is that virtually every stupid idea that is in vogue today has been tried before and proved disastrous before, time and again.” (Thomas Sowell). I suppose that is why so many are keen on revisionist history. At it’s best the reinterpretation of the historical record. At it’s worst, the misrepresentation of the historical record. Either way, to make what’s in vogue today not appear to be a stupid idea at all.
What is in vogue today, in terms of how Christianity is viewed by the culture, is just the opposite. Reinterpretation or misrepresentation of the written Word to make it appear to be a stupid ideology. Or at the very least a watered-down ideology that in essence is robbed of its power. But while it may appear that way to the masses, it cannot change reality, “because it [the Gospel] is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.” (Romans 1:16, NIV 1984). Whether you disbelieve the truth or believe the revisionist’s version of the truth, the truth remains the truth because of the power of God.
My Advice – There is no new Gospel under the sun. No revised interpretation. Any such attempt at revision is misrepresentation. Such revisionists are trying to “[throw us] into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if [they] or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one…preached to [us], let him be eternally condemned!” (Galatians 1:7–8, NIV 1984).
Don’t be taken in by such Orwellian doublespeak (erasing history and disseminating lies). To guard against this “one of the most important reasons for studying [God’s Word] is that virtually every stupid [lie] that is in vogue today” can be identified. So, we must “[examine] the Scriptures every day to see if what [others are saying is] true.” (Acts 17:11, NIV 1984). Identifying counterfeits is best done by studying the genuine article. Because if we know the real deal well enough, we can spot the counterfeits easily enough. Otherwise, we risk being thrown into confusion.