Hey guys. Tonight’s post is going to be a little bit random in nature, but it’s been on my heart and mind lately.
In my free time, I have watched a couple of YouTube videos on cults—especially the Fundamental Church of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) and Scientology.
Watching these videos, I was so saddened by how many people believe the things that they believe… how many young girls and other vulnerable people are brought up to believe such lies about who they are, and most importantly, who God is. It’s heartbreaking, really.
It all reminds me of 2 Timothy 4, specifically verses 3-4. “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths” (NIV).
People all over the world believe many things to be true, especially in our day and age of what can be called “vanilla spirituality” and a tolerance for all things to be true. Listen, friends: not everything you think or believe is inherently true. In the words of a wise woman, Brittany Moses, “just because the thought exists, doesn’t make it true.”
“But how can we be sure that what you’re saying is true?” you might say. Really, what this comes down to is how trustworthy our source is. What makes what you believe that the Bible– the 66 books of the Holy Bible, from Genesis – Revelation—is true?
A question like this is best answered by the various Christian apologists who have spent their lives defending the claims of the Bible and the validity of such a book. A prime example is the book (now movie) “The Case for Christ” by Lee Strobel, a man who set out to prove the Bible and it’s claims wrong—but became a follower of Christ in the process. In his book, Strobel speaks about the pressing questions this blog post is asking, and gives solid, reasonable, and reliable answers, including to the question of the Bible’s validity. While I may go more in depth about the subject of the inerrancy of the Bible in a future post, I ask this question of bible inerrancy in order to ask a bigger question: If the Bible is true, what does that mean for you, me, and everyone who has ever lived?
- It means that we, has humans, are inherently broken and distanced from our Creator because of our own actions (Romans 3:23; Genesis 3).
- It means that this distance from God, if not bridged, ends in eternal separation from God (Romans 6:23).
- It means that God so loved this world, that He did the only thing to bridge the gap for all who believe: He gave His only Son to take on the sin “debt” we owed God (John 3:16)
- It means that if we accept Jesus into our hearts and lives as Savior and Lord, we will be saved from eternal separation from God (Romans 10:9-10).
The Bible says A LOT about MANY different things—in fact, 2 Peter 1:3 says “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”
This is a BIG topic, one that has a lot to go into it. But it is my hope that you, whoever and wherever you are, would be able to look at the Bible as a reliable source— and that you would meet it’s Author, as you put faith in Jesus Christ alone.
Believe it or not, there are people in persecuted countries who desperately desire owning a Holy Bible, but cannot legally. I have written a post that speaks to the importance reading of the Bible here. But it is my hope that you would be able to, by the power of the Holy Spirit, allow the Bible’s Truths into your heart, mind, and life. Where are you not allowing God’s Truth into places of sin, shame, and lies? It is only in knowing the Truth of Scripture that every lie is dispelled. And in such a time as this—when people are allowing their lives to be filled and led by darkness—we have the opportunity and ability to shine our lights more brightly than ever before.
As the masses choose an easier, wider road to destruction, we must show them the light they desperately need— the light to guide their steps. May we glow in the dark, as we hold out the Word of Life (Philippians 2:15-16).
This post is dedicated to a dear woman who went to be with Jesus two days ago. She loved Jesus and was a delight and encouragement to many, and she will be deeply, deeply missed. Please pray for her family and all those who love her, as they go through this grief.
“Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, ‘children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.’ Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I [Paul] did not run or labor in vain.”
(Philippians 2:14-16, NIV)
Do you know Jesus?
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
(John 3:16, NIV)
Jesus is the “only Son” that this verse speaks about. Learn more about who Jesus is, and why He matters more than anything else, here.
Please pray for…
- Those all around the world who are currently believing lies. May they come to know the One who tells them the Truth and sets them free, Jesus Christ!
- Those who are suffering very deeply. May Jesus show Himself to them in their time of most need.
- The Chibok girls and Leah Sharibu. Find their names and pictures, here.
- Those suffering for knowing Jesus.
- Those who desperately need to own a Bible, but cannot because of persecution. May they get a smuggled Bible into their hands soon!!! You can aid Asia Harvest in giving Bibles to those in “restricted” persecuted country.
Thank you for your prayers and support!!!