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Keeping The Doubt Alive December 24, 2006

Posted by rattazzimedia in Christianity, Church, God, Religion, Spiritual, Spiritual Overview, Spiritual Study, Spirituality, Theology.
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The word of God presents a clear picture that is not difficult to understand.  Why then is there so much confusion and disagreement?  Why so much doubt?  One way that the doubt and confusion is kept alive is by obscuring the truth with a whole lot of made up stories and superstitions.  These things come from the fertile imagination of man.  Sometimes these things come from well meaning folk who are trying to share what they believe.  But these made up stories do not bring us any closer to God.  These made up stories do not help us understand the power and majesty of the Lord.  The apostle Peter wrote:

We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

Peter was an eye witness to actual events.  His faith is based on things that actually occurred and promises that God actually made.  His religion was not based on vague notions and fuzzy reasoning that evolved and grew over time.  One of the ways religious teachers get away with teaching all sorts of things that are not backed up by the word of God is that most people are not sufficiently familiar with God’s word to say: “The Bible doesn’t say that”.  Or people are not sufficiently familiar with God’s word to separate a teachers personal inferences and conclusions from what the Bible actually says.  Everyone needs to become more knowledgeable of God’s word to help prevent this.  The apostle Paul also stated clearly that his understanding of the Gospel came not from man, but from God:   

I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel I preached is not something that man made up .  I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.

The problem with all these man made stories is that they prevent people from respecting the real thing.  Most people do not differentiate.  They see everything as something that man made up.  Most teachers who do this are sincere and well meaning.  They are just following a method of handling the scriptures passed down to them from previous generations, a method that has strayed from the truth.  But whatever the reason these made up stories and unsubstantiated inferences are all examples of false teaching.  The apostle Peter sternly warns us concerning false teachers: 

But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them — bringing swift destruction on themselves.  Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute.  In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.

Made up stories and unsubstantiated inferences wether they come from well meaning but misguided teachers or from those who plan evil willfully are all false teachings.  They lead people away from God.  They put stumbling blocks in the way of those who seek the truth.  They cause division an disagreement.  They are instrumental in keeping the doubt alive.

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