Titles can be viewed as indispensable, as long as one seeks approval of other people. A title encourages others to listen, before accepting your product as authentic. Without any title, denoting qualification, it may be impossible to get approval from other people. The power in a title follows the principle of democracy.
But even the title to describe gender, may cause disliking or liking of the product being advanced. This would be without justifiable merit, other than consideration of gender? For instance, someone may raise a question like: “What can a woman tell me?”, or vice versa. Some women actually prefer using “Ms” as title in order to avoid being associated with either being married or unmarried. Revealing marital status, may be considered as prejudicing them—one way or the other—against whatever is being advanced.
Reputation is of utmost importance, in real world. Titles are molded on the basis of good reputation, as favourably acquired. This is necessary for anyone to be perceived as making wise judgments. A title may be obtained through a regulatory panel of adjudicators that check on the requirements of what constitutes authenticity.
This rule, though universally accepted, is laden with serious problems. A person with a doctorate may say something, basically untrue. Everyone would applaud and take it as true, yet leading to negative effects. The misjudgment would have been caused by the qualifying title of the person saying it. Copycats also take advantage of title usage in order to obtain acceptance.
A person without any title might bring up a highly workable idea, benefitting the public. But, whatever the person says gets discarded, only on the basis of not holding a title. The trend being that this world is shaped by those holding titles and this appears normal. However, while most people assume that there is wisdom in following trends, this is where foolishness emanates. Most of what is considered fashionable is actually stupidity.
In short, all problems that exist in this world can be attributed to consideration of title-holding. Any person with a workable program would have to first strive to acquire some title—to be conventionally accepted. But those providing certificates of approval may themselves not be qualified in assessing the advantages of what is proffered.
No matter how brilliant the idea—it gets thrown out—as long as not satisfying the panel of those adjudicators. This calls for tenacity of the initiator of the idea, before its universal acceptance. Many would-be best ideas—whose initiators lack tenacity—get discarded along the way. This is because tenacity is a rare commodity.
One best example of applying tenacity is Bill Gates—known to have dismally failed college examinations. But later producing what now sustains the Information Technological world, without academic approval. The man could have died discouraged—due to being let down by the so-called authorities in the field of Information Technology.
Having identified what is wrong with what negatively grips our civilization, we have to pinpoint the alternative to it. Our main authority has to be Jesus, whose workable data cannot be disputed by anyone. If what Jesus said is not workable, then His purpose of coming to Earth is invalid and no other hope remains. The title of Jesus is Christ. But Jesus did not go about claiming that He was the Christ (Matthew 16:13-20)
The rejection of Jesus was based on Him not being identified with a title, or some traceable record to prove that He was not ordinary. When confronted on reason of this particular principle of title-holding, Jesus avoided forthright affirmation:
Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered him, saying, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.” But he answered them “An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” (Matthew 12:38-40) ESV.
Using the Prophet Jonah’s big fish incident, Jesus told those skeptical Pharisees that their only sign would be His resurrection. Yet, even with His resurrection—while convincing to some—others remained skeptical. Jesus revealed that the title-holding consideration existed within an evil and adulterous generation. There may not be another way of proving that reality, except using Jesus’ statement, as standard.
But, what sign were those people looking for? Jesus had performed miracles, to prove His supernatural powers. They attributed those to Beelzebub, the prince of demons (verse 24). The story would have been different, had Jesus carried a title of approval—to convince the religious authorities. Nothing appears amiss with their skepticism.
They themselves had carried titles. The greatest of those titles being ‘High Priest.’ When asking for a sign from Jesus they were not trying to be mischievous. They genuinely needed a sign to prove that Jesus was indeed the Messiah that prophecies referred to. Their concern can easily be associated with what goes on, in our current civilization.
However, Jesus ascribes their behavior as confirming them to be of evil and adulterous generation. Jesus had been born in Bethlehem of Judea and raised up in an infamous city called Nazareth. His father, had not been a recognized religious guru, or at least, holding some other reputable title. Why would Joseph’s son, Jesus, claim to be representing one of the most important canons in their religious doctrines?
Let us now fast-forward to our present generation. Are we different from those scribes and Pharisees? Titles are probably considered more valuable in our generation than in the first century? For instance, Gamaliel, though renowned as a scholar of repute, may have not been identified by a scholarly title, as known today.
In other words, Gamaliel was not ‘Professor’ Gamaliel or someone identified by scholastic achievement—like ‘Dr.’ Gamaliel, for instance (Acts 5:34-39). If those people were of evil and adulterous generation, because of upholding the principle of title-holding, the current generation has sunk deeper. Evil has increased in our generation, due to title-holding consideration.
Jesus, Himself—though being the Christ—did not carry a certificate to prove His Messiah-ship. His encounter with the devil, probably, is the only confirmation of the origination of wickedness associated with certification. On two occasions, Satan asked Jesus to prove whether He was the Son of God. Firstly by turning a stone to bread and secondly by throwing Himself from a High tower Matthew 4:3, 6).