Does It Really Matter What We Believe?

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What medical error can do

In The Doctors Mayo, Helen Clapesattle describes how difficult it was to convince surgeons in the 19th century of the value of a sterile operating environment.

Many hospital patients died of preventable infections.

If ignorance in medicine was potentially fatal, what of religious error?

What religious error can do

Many reject Jesus’ claim to be the only way to God (John 14:6).

Jesus said, “. . . unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins” (John 8:24).

And, “. . . he who rejects Me rejects the One who sent Me” (Luke 10:16).

So does it really matter what we believe?

Can we afford to assume we’re right with God until we’ve carefully examined our beliefs in light of His word (Acts 17:10-11)?

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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The Question

Jesus’ challenge

On several occasions in interacting with the hostile chief priests, scribes, elders, Pharisees, or Sadducees, Jesus countered them with this question: “Have you not read…?” or “Have you never read…?” (Matthew 12:3, 5; 19:4; 21:16, 42; 22:31).

In each case He referred them to a specific teaching in their Scriptures (the Old Testament).

From this we may conclude….

Jesus placed tremendous importance on the Scriptures as the authoritative word of God.

Jesus expected people to be familiar with the Scriptures.

He demonstrated that religious error should be challenged by the Scriptures.

Why would it be any different today?

“Have you not read…?”

Good question!

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Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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In the Final Analysis

 

No fooling!

While browsing in a South Dakota souvenir shop, I ran across some fool’s gold. The shopkeepers weren’t trying to palm this shiny stuff off on a gullible public. It was clearly labeled.

Properly labeled fool’s gold fools no one. It’s those deceptively packaged scams we must be so wary of.

While slick operators are out for our money, Satan is out for our souls (2 Corinthians 11:3-4, 13-15).

Foolproof faith

Jesus warned of “false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves” (Matthew 7:15).

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1).

Let the buyer beware.

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Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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Does it really matter?

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Lives at risk

Would you submit to the scalpel if you knew your surgeon was not overly concerned about a sterile operating environment?

Would you want nurses attending you who were known to switch one patient’s medications with another’s—accidentally, of course?

Would you book a flight on an airline with a reputation for careless pre-flight maintenance?

Souls at stake

Many today think doctrinal differences are matters of indifference.

The word “doctrine” means “teaching.” Biblical doctrine is what God wants us to know, believe, practice, and teach.

He does not intend for us to deviate from the standard of teaching He has revealed (Galatians 1:6-9).

Satan also has his doctrines (1 Timothy 4:1-3; 2 Timothy 4:1-4; 2 Peter 2:1-3).

Who says doctrine doesn’t matter? God or Satan?

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There is Such a Thing as False

There is falsehood . . .

Several English words begin with the prefix pseud- from a Greek word meaning “false.” A pseudointellectual pretends he is smarter than he is. A pseudonym disguises the author’s true identity.

The New Testament, written in Greek, uses several pseud- words: false Christs (pseudokristos), false apostles (pseudapostolos), false prophets (pseudoprophētēs), false teachers (pseudodidaskalos).

These are Satan’s agents, deceiving those who fall for their lies, so they will be lost (2 Thessalonians 2:8-12).

And there is truth!

Like the Bereans (Acts 17:10-12), let’s use the Scriptures to compare what we hear with what God has already revealed as the truth.

It is the truth that saves (John 8:32).  “. . . no lie (pseudos) is of the truth” (1 John 2:21).

Beware of the pseuds!

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Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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Context, Context, Context!

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Those who are new to texting may be befuddled by all the abbrev. It takes some getting used to.  I received a text yesterday that said simply, “Yw.” That was new to me, but what made it easy to decipher was the context: “Yw” was a reply to my previous expression of thanks for help with a computer problem.

And so with interpreting the Bible

A cardinal rule of Bible study is: Consider the context—what precedes the passage and what follows.

Satan deliberately ripped a passage out of context to tempt Jesus (Matthew 4:5-6; Psalm 91:11-12). Jesus wasn’t fooled. He replied with another passage, properly applied.

Warning!

The Bible warns against the danger of misusing Scripture (2 Peter 3:15-16). It is one of Satan’s favorite ploys, and he’s still at it!

Like Jesus, don’t fall for it!

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