Friday, July 29, 2016
There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death. Proverbs 16:25(NLT)
If I have heard it once, I’ve heard it countless times, a theology of who God is, based on some wishy-washy figment of somebody’s imagination. It goes something like this: The God I know would never send people to Hell, or Jesus never said anything about smoking marijuana being wrong, or, yada, yada, yada….
Then comes the brilliant analysis which reveals WHY the person feels that way; they are trying to construct a god to fit what they think, so they don’t have to live like Scripture’s true God demands.
It’s that simple!
We want what we want, and we don’t want anyone to interfere with how we live.
And we tend to convince ourselves we’re right. Every time a Bible verse contradicts the way we want to live, we are willing to listen to any explanation of that verse which gets us off the hook and lets us do what we want. And the enemy is quite willing to produce a friend or acquaintance who will suggest that explanation from his vast Biblical knowledge gained in a week at VBS 30 years ago.
Fact: Biblical ignorance, no matter how eloquently stated, and no matter how culturally acceptable, is still ignorance.
Another fact: For those who would try to say something about who God is, it would behoove them to actually study Scripture objectively, with ethical integrity.
This is necessary for two reasons:
1. It saves you from saying a whole lot of stupid things.
2. You will meet God when you search for him with your whole heart[ii] and your heart will be changed.
And you will know the truth about God, and it won’t be from a friend who only thinks he’s right, but in fact is heading down the path of destruction. You’ll be hearing it ring true within, as the Holy Spirit speaks words of strength and encouragement to your soul.
Jesus told his disciples this very thing:
The Spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life. John 6:63(NLT)
There’s a lot of stuff being kicked around about life and what’s right and wrong. Make sure your source is dependable; eternal life is not a trifle kind of thing.
In the nature of God there is no shadow, no darkness at all.
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[i] Title Image: By Internet Archive Book Images [No restrictions], via Wikimedia Commons
[ii] Jeremiah 29:13