“Some ideas are so stupid that only intellectuals believe them.”
― George Orwell
Wellhausen, biblical scholar and theologian decided the Bible was not based on God’s divine revelation, but rather a collection of stories written by mere mortals. By intellectualising the reading and preaching of the Bible, he removed God and the Holy Spirit combining Christian thought with evolutionary to deconstruct biblical beliefs.
This subtle shift within churches was not immediately obvious as outwardly, things did not change. The choir still sang, the cathedrals stood majestically, and the church bells still chimed, whilst Jesus hung from the cross. But there He remained for many, as proud theologians followed by a naive class of intellectual fools dismissed the resurrection and redemption found in His empty tomb.
Instead of God being both vengeful and loving, He became a permissive God of wishy washy love. Instead of sin being a violation of God’s laws, it was seen as a sign of immaturity.
Salvation through God in Christ became enlightenment and progressivism. That we could be our own gods was the biggest lie told in the history of mankind and continues to this day.
“Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their own craftiness”;”
I Corinthians 3:18-19 NKJV