In Jerusalem at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre there is a ladder on one of the
ledges referred to as the Immovable Ladder. It was believed to have been left there
by a mason working on the building in the mid 1700’s. As time went by it remained
and it has gotten to the point where the ladder cannot be moved because in 1964
Pope Paul VI decreed it represented the divide between the Catholic and Orthodox
churches and it should remain there until the two reach a state of agreement on
ecumenism. Is this the type of faith God wants for His people? Judging by scripture I
sincerely doubt it. It seems that man has always placed emphasis on things around
him that have great age and mysterious origins; it is often falsely labeled
supernatural. When in reality the supernatural, what Christians call the things of
Spirit, is really quite straight forward and laid out plainly by God through His
inspired Word. He revealed His son to man in a plain matter. “And a voice came out
of a cloud saying, ‘This is my Son, my Chosen One, listen to him!’” (Luke 9:35). He
gave man the way of salvation and the Great Commission directly. “Go therefore and
make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the
Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all I commanded you.” (Matt.
28:19,20). And in numerous verses given man His overarching will for His creation
“fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” (Ecc.
12:13). It is easy to get caught up in the superstitions of our culture but let us have
the confidence to remember that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” in the
image of the Almighty God.