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The Art Of Deception January 25, 2007

Posted by rattazzimedia in Christianity, Church, God, Religion, Spiritual, Spiritual Overview, Spiritual Study, Spirituality, Theology.
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The world is full of religious teachings and spiritual ideas.  Some at first blush seem ridiculous, some seem to have a tinge of truth to them.  It is often difficult to sort through the myriad of ideas and find the truth.  One reason for this is that departures from the truth are most difficult to detect when they appear to have some sort of connection with something true.  There are teachings that present themselves as Bible based but are really ideas from men masquerading as the word of God.  Many are deceived by this sort of thing.

Let me give you an example to illustrate what I’m saying, original sin.  The term “original sin” does not appear in the Bible.  According to Christian tradition, “original sin” is the general condition of sinfulness (lack of holiness) into which human beings are born.  In other words people are born guilty of sin.  Some quote Psalm 51:5 to support this idea, but if you look at the surrounding verses it is easy to see that is not the meaning of the passage.  Some quote from the apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans chapter five which says in verse twelve:

Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned

The “one man” Paul is referring to here is Adam.  Adam and Eve were the first humans to sin and so if we follow that example we will die but if we follow Jesus we will live is the contrast Paul is getting at here.  But look at that verse closely, original sin says that all die because Adam sinned but Paul says all die “because all sinned“.  Just a little different, but there is a world of false teaching contained in that difference.  If you find yourself not agreeing with me here at this point, I encourage you to read Ezekiel chapter eighteen.  The whole chapter is about this misconception, about the guilt of sin somehow being passed on through the generations of man.  Ezekiel said: “the soul who sins is the one who will die“.  The “sins of the fathers” idea is all about how the suffering from sin is passed on from generation to generations, not the guilt.  Once again, just a little different, but there is a world of false teaching contained in that difference.  There are many other examples of this sort of error, of people (who should know better) failing to faithfully follow what the Scripture actually says.  These people will argue their body of inferences and pass that off as the word of God.  There are many other examples of this sort of thing, I’m sure you could name a bunch.      

But here is something that happens, if you find yourself disagreeing with the false teaching (or false conclusions based on the false teaching) you will be accused of opposing God.  This is because the people who have been taken in by this error naturally do not separate their false belief from the word of God.  This has happened to me on more than one occasion.  This is why we have to be so careful not to let our own conclusions and inferences become mixed up in our minds with what the Bible specifically says.  This needs to be an ongoing process because this is such an easy trap to fall into.  If we fall into this trap we elevate our own thinking to be equal with the word of God.  We also find ourselves calling evil someone who is actually following the word of God just because they disagree with us, just because they clash with our inferences that are just a bit off.  This has happened may times through the years, remember Galileo?  And this still goes on today.  This is the art of deception.

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