Last year, my wife and I were fortunate enough to fulfil a long-term dream and holiday in Greece and the Greek islands. It was a very memorable trip and we saw some beautiful places.
On our last day on Mykonos we had a few hours to fill before heading to the port to catch a boat to the next island, so we decided to drop into the archaeological museum where they were promoting a showing of jewellery through the ages. And I mean ages. The first pieces on display were bone items from 4,000 years ago.
In the small booklet that was available I noted some of the introductory text: “The Museum, from an entrenched Foucauldian heterotopia, is converted to a space-time wormhole ready to take visitors on a journey to the Cycladic heterochronies of the past.”
Read that again, slowly. Then go and have a cup of tea and a good lie down.
What on earth does that mean? More so, who was paid to write it? The point of writing is to have people read your words and understand something. Writing becomes pointless when someone—say, a visitor at a museum—can’t even understand the brochure provided to explain what is on display.
I think my vocabulary is pretty good but, really: ‘heterotopia’, ‘Foucauldian’, ‘heterochronies’? And what if I just want to visit a museum and don’t want to journey down a wormhole?
When you boil it all down, the sentence simply means: “We’ve changed things around a bit so that you can see some old Greek stuff.”
I’m so glad that the apostle Paul—who wrote a fair bit of the Bible—was a master of simplifying complex truths.
In a letter to the church in Rome he wrote: “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved” (Romans chapter 10, verses nine and 10).
Well, that’s pretty straightforward.No need to look up ‘heterochronies’ to understand that message. Believe in my heart and confess my faith in Jesus and I’m saved.
I’m so glad that Paul’s focus was on helping us enter into a life of faith and an understanding of who Jesus is, rather than forcing us down a Foucauldian wormhole!