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A Question Of Balance October 3, 2006

Posted by rattazzimedia in Christianity, Church, God, Religion, Spiritual, Spiritual Overview, Spiritual Study, Spirituality, Theology.
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Balance is an important concept.  A balanced diet is necessary for good health.  Try riding riding a bicycle and you will quickly understand the importance of balance.  Also everyday we are reminded, often quite graphically, of the dangers of extremism.  I have mentioned in the past, one reason for religious error is following instructions and traditions that come from man rather than instructions from God.  Today I would like to discuss another source of error: the question of balance.  In my last post I mentioned that God has worked out for us a plan of salvation that is not difficult to understand.  Then why do so many not understand it? 

God has placed in the Bible a great deal of information over the fifteen centuries of time it took for it to be written.  To understand the truth one must take into account the entire text and how various principles and patterns of thought are balanced.  In other words if it seems that some passage is telling me to do something (or not do something) that supposition must balanced against the entirety of the teaching of God.  Far too often people will go off and do some absurd thing based on a misunderstanding of a single passage of scripture.  This would not happen if people took the time to really understand what is being said, weigh each individual element and strike a correct balance, taking everything into account.  This is the difference between someone who is actually seeking the truth and someone who is just trying to rubberstamp his own thinking with passages of Scripture.

This may seem like a daunting task, but no one expects anyone to accomplish this overnight.  Each day, just a little at a time, bit by bit, work through this stuff and over time (with the help of the Holy Spirit) you will be able to strike the proper balance and understand the truth.  Discuss it with other people who are sincerely seeking the truth.  Help each other, so that together you can all strike the proper balance and understand the truth.  You can’t do this by yourself. 

The universe is kept in balance by God’s power.  The planets and stars function precisely as they should.  You can set your clock by this universe.  God exhibits this same precision and power in his plan of salvation.  It is man who more often than not reduces God’s perfect truth to an incomprehensible garble of useless rhetoric and off base reasoning.  It is time to stop, take a good long look at the information God has provided and find the proper balance.

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1. bonnieq - October 3, 2006

As you say, in order to glean God’s Truth one cannot take one or two or three scriptures: all this achieves is, again as you say, smooth words that will justify what a person “wants” God’s Word to be, instead of what it is and what they “need” to hear/read.

Over 30 years ago, I began a quest for God’s Truth and only His. First, the Spirit showed me all the scriptures that give us instructions on “how” to study the Bible: the results were ‘topically.’ Then, the Spirit began taking me from one end of the Bible to the other, gleaning every scripture relative to a specific topic.

In the end, this resulted in the Spirit having me pen an exhaustive in critical-to-salvation AKJV Topical Bible, “Truth Gathering,” and it is amazing how many scriptures there are with each subject. How anyone can read all those verses and not get God’s Truth is beyond me. But and despite the fact I always include scripture references with articles and excerpts from “Truth Gathering,” I find that most readers had rather argue the findings instead of looking up all those scriptures for themselves. Even if I quote all the scriptures, they still deny and/or argue based on what their “denomination” teaches.

Thank you so much for posting this article. Balance is very important.

Love in Christ,
http://bonnieq.wordpress.com


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