I am finding it increasingly difficult to trust what we were led to believe were our national stalwarts of truth — the news and the government. The media seem to have an agenda, reporting the news with a twist. Government is just a numbers game and is run as though it were a major corporation. They say, “Vote for a difference!” Yet, it is simply an illusion of control. In the end, the machine may change its outward appearance, but it continues to march to its own drum while we the “sheeple” are made to be happy with the indulgences provided for us.

This is my own personal dismal opinion of a man-made institution, but it stands in stark contrast to the church of God and our Lord Jesus Christ. In God I can find a reason for trust. (Psalms 91:2, 4) In His Word I find truth, and in His kingdom I find purpose. No matter what is happening around me, I can rest at night with the strong conviction that God is in control. No matter what they say in the news or no matter what the machine does, my family and I will go to heaven because of love and obedience.

But what if we couldn’t trust the messenger? What if what we were hearing from the pulpit or from Bible class teachers did not match with what we were reading? Worse yet, what if we didn’t know enough to determine if the message was truth or not? First, those who preach and teach the word of God have a sacred responsibility. “Woe is me if I do not preach the gospel.” (1 Corinthians 9:16) “For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole purpose of God.” (Acts 20:27) “Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God.” (1 Peter 4:11)

Second, it is imperative that we personally study, learn and grow in knowledge. “Now these were more noble-minded … for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.” (Acts 17:11) “For though by this time you ought to be teachers.” (Hebrews 5:12) “Like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation.” (1 Peter 2:2) We are to work out our own salvation and not be dependent on what we hear. (Philippians 2:12) If we follow what men say without cross examination from the word of God, we become sheep of men and not of the Good Shepherd. (John 10:11, 14)

Finally, we must heed the warning of those before us. “The time will come when they will not endure sound (healthy) doctrine … and will turn away their ears from the truth …” (2 Timothy 4:3-4) Who do you trust? Test everything, (1 John 4:1; Revelation 2:2) If it is not healthy doctrine, it is poison. Do not willingly or ignorantly be a victim of misinformation.

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slyons2424

"Second, it is imperative that we personally study, learn and grow in knowledge. “Now these were more noble-minded … for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.” (Acts 17:11)" I have yet to meet a "Christian" who actually believes this or practices it. Most all choose to believe that what "Word" that the Bible contains is " he infallible, inerrant, unchanging word of God." I have yet to find any with whom I can discuss this "word" and get any honorable discussion in Good Faith. Few know this word and even fewer are willing to admit when it contradicts the beliefs they have built up in their minds over the years. It's really sad that the people least likely to have read this Bible are "Christians," and that they refuse to believe what this book actually says. When the actual words of the Bible contradict Dogma, they just claim it's misinterpreted. Too bad. I would love to have conversations about this most affecting upon the History of the Human Species this work of Literature that so many reference, but so few actually read or choose to believe what it really says.

I'd love some responses here, but ain't expecting much. The rest of the quotes that follow the quote above show why--the mindset of Modern Christianity is to ignore the inconsistencies or outright contradictions in the Bible, and default back to the platitudes or the commandments to have "Faith" instead of the critical thinking commanded here in this passage from Acts.

"But what if we couldn’t trust the messenger? What if what we were hearing from the pulpit or from Bible class teachers did not match with what we were reading? Worse yet, what if we didn’t know enough to determine if the message was truth or not?"

And herein lies the rub: this is exactly what I am trying to point out. HOW can you determine if the Bible's message is the "Truth?"

How is it possible to KNOW?

There are thousands of different "Bibles" around the World Which ONE is the "Truth?"

"Finally, we must heed the warning of those before us. “The time will come when they will not endure sound (healthy) doctrine … and will turn away their ears from the truth …” (2 Timothy 4:3-4) Who do you trust? Test everything, (1 John 4:1; Revelation 2:2) If it is not healthy doctrine, it is poison. Do not willingly or ignorantly be a victim of misinformation."

Finally you warn of this very mistake--believing lies because someone in power told you they were truth.

Believing a version of the Bible specifically RE-written(King James, anyone?) for the purpose of Human Propaganda, instead of looking at the text and determining if it indeed has and Truth to it.

Why it that?

Well, I sit with bated breath awaiting that conversation I have yet to have.

Any takers?

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