People tend to communicate in sound bites these days. Endless bombardment of pointless information leaves people short on attention span. The way I see it you’ve got less than a minute to grab a persons interested enough to stay with you for any extended length of time. And that is pretty difficult because the world today is a distraction, an endless treadmill designed to keep you willfully preoccupied until you breathe your final tax return. Public education leaves it’s disciples numb and spiritless, and, if that’s not bad enough, the church offers little assistance for the wandering or stranded soul. Some will undertake a search for Truth. Alas, if God doesn’t open your eyes and ears though, no amount of investment will override His Will for the soul of a man.(Mat 13:13) But with any problem, God provides a blessing if only you will have it. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” (Eph 2:8)
My first post and as always, when I begin a Biblical topic, I have trouble finding a good starting point. I suspect very few people have read the Bible or retained much of what they’ve read. This can make for many short lived conversations about spiritual matters since nearly no one is interested in God or in keeping with the Truth. How many people would need more than about 2 or 3 sheets of paper to write down all they know about the Bible? Not just all that they understand, but all that they remember/retained. ALSO, nearly everyone has been taught their whole lives essentially the same false teaching from the churches. What better way to put a person spiritually to rest than to expose them early on to the sanctuary of a modern world church. Unfortunately, like a mental tattoo, some of their doctrine is very difficult to dissociate your mind from.
- The confirmed (and then broken) ‘seven year covenant’ of the antichrist – This comes from Daniel 9:27. Does satan make and confirm covenants? Read it carefully again and consider if ‘He who confirms the covenant’ is an evil one or if it is Jesus whom God sends in fulfillment of the covenant that He made with Abraham. Keep in mind that chapter 9 is a prayer to God for the salvation of Israel and God’s message to Daniel in response to that prayer.
- God’s chosen people are the ‘Jews’ – Who are the Jews? Are they synonymous with the Israelites? Why are they at war with the house of Israel in the Old Testament? Why so many references to the house of Israel being among the chosen people along with the Jews and the house of Judah? Yes, the Jews are among God’s chosen, yet it is Ephraim who God considers His firstborn. If the Bible said so, would you believe it? Look it up! Don’t let your fear of offending God and His Word prevent you from even reading it with understanding or a searching/questioning spirit!
- The ‘rapturing’ away of the church – essentially the belief that the ‘church’ will flee from tribulation like cats from a can of garbage. Why? Is it necessary? Is our Father able to protect us in heaven? Is He any less able to protect us here on earth if He wills it?
Many of these doctrines, teachings and beliefs become foundational in their nature. That is to say, a wrong understanding of many of these Biblical teachings will lead you to a conception of truth, prophecy, history, and reality that metastasizes to something that is increasingly far removed from what is actually true, historic or real.
People beliefs are generally based upon underlying fundamentals which were uploaded into them. This is a troubling thought when you consider our educational system today. Without getting reliable fundamentals (Truth) in place, everything built on your foundation will eventually fail. It may not seem like a big deal right now but but when faced with death, the important (and often neglected) matters in life can leave you with a terrifying realization of a life spent stranded in vanity and last moment regrets. The less Truth you have in your life, the less you’ll be able to pass along to your children and they to their children. What kind of world can you expect after a few generations without reliable information (Truth). In short, what you wind up with is the world we have today. If you’re not sure what I am getting at then you are likely one of these people. I hope you aren’t permanently offended, but if so I pray for your awakening.
Isn’t it the mission of the church to reveal Truth to those who desire it? But take away the booze and the dance floor from the previous night and you have the Sunday morning ‘worship’. Everyone is all dressed up, waiting to be entertained by the talent show that kicks it off and the singers /speakers that follow. And if done properly, everyone, who wants, eventually gets a chance to hold the microphone. I gotta admit I was never a churcher. This is mostly because of I don’t like to go hungry. Now I’m not saying that I don’t feel weak in spirit now and then, just that I don’t want to stay that way. And the church buildings have a way of dragging slowly on an hour at a time, week by week and rarely quenching the desire for Truth, which is an essential gift of the Spirit. If you still have that, thank God for it, I think some people eventually lose it or wind up fast asleep in the world.
I suspect that the real work of the church is done on the other six days of the week, if at all. Church burnouts become so by giving up hope in understanding, starving in their church. For some, giving up church might be the first step in the right direction toward God. Haven’t we all seen churches where atheism would be a logical response to the doctrine being taught there. But abandoning a false message should be like abandoning a bad investment. You don’t have to do a total reset on all your wealth. Well, it’s the same with the truth. Brush away any garbage that was bundled with it and consider it a victory.
Every honest person seeks the Truth honestly. That is, they are honest with themselves when evaluating everything. Truth is that which is reliable, unchanging. So any time you discover something to be true, it automatically enters into your foundation. It may even expose material that you need to remove or rethink. Wouldn’t it be great to have a collection of Truths to turn to?
Those things which remain reliable forever are of God just as God is forever both past and future. Look for those things which are reliable and unchanging (Truth) and there you will find yourself in the presence of God.
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” Mat 7:7-11
So talk to your Father and exercise faith in His Word. He is merciful and happy to be bound by His Word.(Mal 3:10) Pray for the Spirit to draw you to the Truth. Pray then that God opens your eyes and ears to understanding the Truth. Then open the Bible and begin reading. Reading Truth is rewarding and faith building. Taking actions based on the Truth is called faithing in God’s Word. Faithing in God’s Word results in grace and pleases your Father who created you.
What honest person, if offered a collection of “Truths” wouldn’t be interested in examining it. It’s pretty logical, if God exists, then His Word is Truth. Seek Truth.