You can’t trust the internet to be 100% right. If we did we would be in a world of hurt. The truth is that we do trust the internet a little too much.
It’s easy to click on the pin-it button on Pinterest without thinking about what that quote really means. Sure the picture looks perfect. And the words are exactly how you feel but where are the other original words that were meant to be apart of it?
Case in Point: Recently I was looking at quotes on Pinterest and came across what I felt to be a perfect pin. I love to talk about the truth and post quotes about seeking the truth.
“The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it.”
I was thinking that this quote was perfect but then I did a some research on who George Orwell is. By no means did I do an exhaustive search, I simply googled his name and read about where he came from and what he believed. He was a writer who was intent on writing against injustice. Then I read how he was very vocal as he supported democratic socialism.
Then there are some Christians I know who I see pinning or quoting people like Rumi. I know you think that what Rumi has to say is thought provoking and has a Christian-esk like feel. Do you know that Rumi was a 13th century Persian poet who was a mystic? His work has been closely followed by Asian Muslims. Rumi lived in a time where Christians were persecuted for their faith and Rumi himself was raised by generations of Islamic preachers. At age 25 Rumi assumed the position of head of an Islamic school as a teacher, more specifically, an Islamic teacher.
If you are wondering why the writings of Rumi sound so much like Christianity it is because Rumi did something a little different than his colleagues. He believed that Christians, Muslims, and Jews all share some sort of truth and he called it love. His purpose was to love others which is honorable but it is not the truth. What Rumi believed to be truth is not the truth we know as Christians. He wanted to ignore the truth and just love people. While loving others is a wonderful thing we must ask why. What in his own beliefs made him think that love was so important? At the end of the day who did Rumi depend on for facts and truth?
If you are not familiar with what a Persian mystic is or want to know more about him please do your own research on him. I am merely highlighting a few facts I have found.
I’m speaking mainly to just Christians here. You cannot take a non-Christian quote or book and make it into a Christ centered inspiration work of art just by thinking that you choose to view these things as a Christian inspired work. It does not work that way because that is not what the writer was intending for his or her audience.
Why Does it Work for others?
1) These “works” of art have half truths about the real Christian faith. They will hook you with bits and pieces that are familiar. In the end they are feeding you lies. You will then start to question God because of these horrible lies.
2) The number #1 lie they are fed is that you don’t have to listen to God and that you can save yourself.
3) And the number one myth is that you can pick and chose what you want to believe and whatever you chose is right.
Dear Brothers and Sister, please don’t fall into this trap. Apostle Paul warned us that these things would happen so we must be vigilant in the people we are quoting and what we are reading.