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Handle With Care January 11, 2007

Posted by rattazzimedia in Christianity, Church, God, Religion, Spiritual, Spiritual Overview, Spiritual Study, Spirituality, Theology.

The world of religion is full of controversy and division, yet the Bible tells us “God is one“.  Jesus Christ lived a life on this earth always in perfect agreement with God the Father.  Why then is there so much disagreement among his followers?  The answer often comes down to a proper handling of the Scriptures.  I have heard so many inconsistent and illogical arguments coming from individuals and organizations who claim to speak with some authority on the subject.  There are patterns of thought and traditions that are not in agreement with the Scriptures that have sprung up over the years and have been so integrated with the teaching of Scripture that they have become indistinguishable from the word of God.  We all must make every effort to examine our beliefs and teachings to verify that they are indeed in complete agreement with the word of God and not based on a body of inferences and assumptions that are not completely in agreement with Scripture.  The word of God is precious.  The word of God is vitally important.  The word of God should be set apart in our minds as conspicuously marked with the notice: “Handle with care”.

How do we begin to sort this mess out?  The answer of course is found in Scripture.  Look at Deuteronomy chapter six.  Our everyday life needs to be focused on the study and sharing of the Scriptures.  Then we can be watch dogs for each other as we discuss God’s word and can help each other keep our thinking focused on the truth.  The Bible tells us that man has a natural inclination to go his own way.  It takes specific effort and people working together to get in step and remain in step with God.  This is a chief purpose of God’s word.  The apostle Paul wrote to Timothy:

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Such an important tool must be handled with care.  The Scriptures tell us how we can sort through all the various religious teachings that we become exposed to.  As Paul was traveling about preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ he experienced various reactions from his listeners.  Some of those reactions were not at all positive, some were good.  Notice what the word of God says about the Bereans:  

Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.

These people understood the value of the Scriptures to help them sort through the things they were being told.  They did not just accept that what was being said was the truth without first making sure it agreed with the entire word of God.  We should all take a page from their book.  We should all, with great care make sure that the instruction we receive is in complete agreement with God’s word.  If we treat the Scriptures as though they were marked: “Handle with care” and diligently search for the truth we will no longer be dismayed and confused.  We will be encouraged.  I’ll close with the words of the apostle Paul:

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.


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