The current age we are living in is often called The Information Age Never before in history, have we ever been able to have so much information readily available at our finger tips. With all of this wealth of information, however, there is also great danger. For every piece of accurate information out there, thousands if not millions of pieces of inaccuracies exist.
While this problem has been greatly magnified via the internet, it is not a new problem by any means. In fact, we find it occurring in the Garden of Eden. God gives Adam and Eve a command. They could eat the fruit of any tree in the garden except one. The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, "Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?" Genesis 3:1 (NLT) Eve responds to this question by saying "Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden," the woman replied. "It's only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, 'You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.'" Genesis 3:2-3 (NLT) We all know the story. She ate the fruit, Adam ate the fruit and the curse of sin fell upon them and all of their descendants.
I want to take this well-known story and have us consider something we might not always think about when we read it or hear it. Eve told the serpent what God had said. (I'm not going to get into the issue of whether or not God had told them not to touch it as that is not the point here.) The serpent assured her that was not the case. Indeed, God had another reason for not wanting them to eat the fruit. Instead of listening to God, she listened to what someone else said about God and the rest is history.
Everywhere I look I see people searching for what God has said and they get different answers depending on whom they ask. Even here at Christianblog I see people quoting this person or that person, this doctrine or that doctrine, this denomination or that denomination. What we so often fail to do is ask the One who really has the answers. We fail to ask God.
I read a comment the other day where the commenter felt it was a sad thing if someone got their theology from the internet. I agree. Just because someone has a title in front of their name (or claims they have one) does not mean they are right. Indeed, we would do well to remember that just because someone claims they are a Christian does not mean they are one. We must also remember that we are human and therefore subject to error. God however, is not.
My dear friends, don't believe everything you hear. Carefully weigh and examine what people tell you. Not everyone who talks about God comes from God. There are a lot of lying preachers loose in the world. 1 John 4:1 (MSG) I think we would do well to remember these words! Let us remember it is not what man says which matters, it is what God says.
It is critical, I want to say that again, critical that we bring every teaching before the One who can always discern what is true and what is not. The Holy Spirit. Daily come before God, asking Him to teach you. Ask God to keep you from error and ask Him to guard your words so that you in turn to not mislead others.
To those of you whom God has called to be preachers and/ or teachers of His Word, I would like to remind you that God has entrusted you to feed His sheep. You will be held accountable for whatever you preach or teach. This is a fearsome responsibility and not one to be taken lightly or arrogantly!
May we daily fall on our faces before the Lord asking the Holy Spirit to teach us and give us wisdom so that we might always speak God's Word rather than our own. Let us never forget that in all things we need to... Ask God!
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"It is critical, I want to say that again, critical that we bring every teaching before the One who can always discern what is true and what is not. The Holy Spirit. Daily come before God, asking Him to teach you. Ask God to keep you from error and ask Him to guard your words so that you in turn to not mislead others."
Amen and amen
What great reminder!
Thanks for sharing K