Obviously, you all know that the Bible is important, but do your actions and thoughts support your knowledge? Or do you prefer to find answers from the world instead of God's Word?
I believe that this is an issue with people in today's culture. It is so easy to find answers from Google that we don't turn to God like we should. Personally, I think that the Creator of the Universe has a better understanding of the universe than a non-living search engine (no matter how awesome Google can be). In reality, we should turn to God whenever we have a problem, and His Word is probably the best way to hear from Him because it is His love letter to you.
That being said, it is vital to make sure that what you do and say is supported by the Bible. This is especially true whenever you try to make a theological claim or write a sermon/devotional. Many of you might not be doing that on a regular basis, but, whenever you do, you need to use the Bible as supporting evidence to make sure that you aren't saying anything that is fundamentally wrong or taken out of context.
When something like this happens and Scripture is taken out of context, it is important to be able to recognize it as false. This next verse sheds some light on this subject:
"Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already." - 1 John 4:1-3 (ESV)
This verse makes it easy to know whether or not something is a lie or not. However, there are more ways to tell as well. One of these ways is to look at the heart of the messenger - do they have your best interests at heart, or their own? If they are more interested in their own, than they probably are not a good enough source for anything related to theology, especially if what they are saying greatly contrasts what God says in His Word.
Whenever I write anything to speak about at church or to post on this blog, I typically try to have many Bible references. That's not saying that all of my posts will contain Bible passages, but I do hope that most of them do (when it is more my opinion, or something well-known, then I will skip the Biblical references.) I do this because God's Word holds more credibility than anything I could say, even if I strongly feel that God told me it. (Check out this post for an example of a piece of my writing that heavily focuses on Bible verses as a reference, or this post that is based on Bible verses from the beginning.)
Basically, I don't want to become a false teacher by accident. I want to make sure that what I say aligns with the Bible - and please, take that initiative to test what I say yourself, and call me out on it if you need to. I don't want to lead people astray.
So, I encourage you to really think about what other people are feeding you in reference to Christian viewpoints. Have you actually read for yourself in the Bible what they are saying? Or are you just taking their word for it?
Please, don't ever just take their word for it. Take His Word for it, for you, by yourself. If you don't search for it in the Bible, and it's actually not something that God would agree with, then that is when you risk believing a lie. And Satan wants you to believe in lies and then fall off track with God. He will do anything to cause your relationship with God to falter, so please don't let him win.
"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." - John 10:10
I hope that, by reading this, you have a little more appreciation for the Bible and more motivation to read more of it everyday. I know that this concept has really caused me to put more of an emphasis on daily Bible reading.
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