INTRODUCTION – YOU MEAN IT MAY NOT BE WRONG…
If It Isn’t Clear? – I go even further back than that. Ten years after The Great War, as we used to call it. Before we knew enough to number them. You miss that kind of action, sir? No, I miss that kind of clarity. (Wabash/Houseman and Higgins/Robertson – Three Days of the Condor)
If You Don’t Get Caught? – Boy, what is it with you people? You think not getting caught in a lie is the same thing as telling the truth? (Turner/Redford – Three Days of the Condor)
If It’s A Gray Area? – You are such a boy scout. You see everything in black and white. No, no, no! Not black and white Ritter, right and wrong! (Ritter and Ryan/Ford – Clear and Present Danger)
If… – What are some other ways that we Continue reading “Whatever Happened to Right & Wrong?”
The practice of questioning authority may not have been “made in America” but we’ve done what we can to make it “new and improved.” From the declaration of self-evident truths that challenged a dominant world power and launched a revolution, to the civil rights movement that made possible a new birth of freedom for repressed minorities, Americans have prided themselves in questioning long-held customs, traditions and beliefs in the name of liberty, freedom and human rights.
In many instances, Continue reading “Whatever Happened To Authority?”
Galatians 1:6-9 – I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned! (NIV 1984)
Other People’s Musings – All the salvation with half the guilt! It’s what some people call “Christianity lite.” Continue reading “No Gospel At All”
False Prophets – “Many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.” (Matthew 24:11)
Closely related to apostasy, heresy and scoffing are those that promote these deceitful things, namely false prophets. We must be on our guard against them. Being able to recognize them and their false teaching is crucial to being able to guard against them. Continue reading “False Prophets”
Deuteronomy 6:6, 7 – These commandments that that I give to you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. (NIV 1978)
My Musing – We usually find time to talk about the great movie we just saw, the incredible sporting event we just witnessed, or whatever the latest gossip is. We should be more eager to talk about God’s word. Movies are forgotten, sports teams rise and fall and gossip is discredited. God’s Word stands forever.
My Advice – Make God’s Word a priority in your life. Make time to read it, study it and meditate on it. Apply it to whatever circumstance you are facing at the time. You may be surprised to find out just how relevant His Word is to the very situation you are facing.
Deuteronomy 4:2 – “Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the Lord your God that I give you.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – It sometimes seems that God’s commands would be so much better if we cut a little here or added a little there. God’s laws are there for a reason. Our changing them (or reinterpreting them) may suit our fancy but they will not change the truth.
My Advice – When you find yourself wanting to add to, subtract from or otherwise tinker with God’s clear directives, always ask yourself why? The answer is not because God’s laws are wrong or outdated. Usually it is because we want to justify ourselves. It seems to us that it is easier to modify the standard than it is to modify our behavior.
Step 5 – Illuminated By The Word
Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119:105)
A: Discovering the Truth
We live in the information age, nearly to the point of information overload. Much of the information we receive we can clearly distinguish as false or not to be trusted, and we easily dismiss or discard it. Some of the information we receive seems to contradict what we have grown up believing, but so many others believe in and swear by it, sometimes with such great passion and credibility, that we can hardly see how it could be wrong. Still other information seems innocent and appealing, almost to the extent of “having a form of Godliness” and yet we wonder if it can be trusted. How then do we decide what is truth? Continue reading “Illuminated By The Word”