Monday, September 10, 2018

Another Of The Same Is NOT Something Different

Any honest discussion must admit that there is a lot of religious and anti-religious activity, speculation, and philosophizing that goes on in this world. But, how does all that compare to God's true message, even among so-called Christian churches and institutions? 

In the beginning of the world, in the Garden of Eden, the devil tempted Eve with his mantra of, "Yea, hath God said...?" That satanic doubt-casting often instills doubt in those who are weak in godly faith and weak in their relative familiarity with God and His Word. That doubt and weakness grow into practiced willful ignorance in those who neglect to return to God's Word to seek God's answers to the questions raised. That willful ignorance then turns into corrupted beliefs and corrupted practices that are contrary to what God expects of and commands us.

In addressing the first century church in Galatia, Paul points out to them that there is heresy in what some people among them are promoting there. He makes the godly distinction between another message or thing of the same type versus another thing or idea that is different or discrepant from the original. 

God's Word is true and reliable throughout all generations, according to numerous biblical references that span more than 1,500 years of divinely transcribed and preserved revelation pertaining to all manner of things relating to God, humanity, and God's total Creation. It is God who dictated how to write it down, and God alone who has preserved it for us. It is His Word, so, of course He wants us to stick to the same message and not corrupt it. He sternly warns all people against tampering with what He has said, both early on in Scripture and at the end of the Bible.

So, whether we have honest questions or though the devil himself challenges us with doubtful questions, we need to return to God and His Word (even as Jesus did) for the Word of God (the Bible) has the only true answers that have ever been provided for our learning, guidance, and our spiritual and practical profit. Let us not forget that the word "success" is only used once in all of God's Word, and very pointedly. 

Even the longest of our lives is short, therefore, God has directed us to shun dishonest questions and doubtful disputations that others raise, for such things waste our time and energy, of which we all have so little in this life. In Matthew, Mark, and Luke, Jesus commanded believers to be lights that shine His eternal truth into this dark and decaying world system, because, one day, the very fabric of this present creation shall be put to the torch by God Himself, even as we are warned in 2 Peter Chapter 3. God's biblical message of our fall in sin and His plan of redemption has always has been God's consistent biblical message and mission, throughout all ages, for any soul who says that he/she believes God and His message. If we claim to believe God, His Word, and His Christ, let us NOT be led astray by false teachers and false prophets, but rather, let us cleave unto the Word of God as He has commanded us.

Galatians 1:6-9
I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
7  Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
8  But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
9  As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.     

In the Greek of this scripture, the first "another" gospel that Paul mentions is "heteros" meaning different, whereas, the second "another" reference that Paul mentions is 'allos' meaning the same. Those of us who claim to believe God's Word need to be of discerning mind and spirit.

Do NOT accept doubtful attacks from any source for those are attempting to get you to follow another different message and plan that is contrary to what God wants for you and the rest of humanity. 

Do NOT allow yourself to be carried away by fear, doubt, or ignorance. Trust God's Word and His Christ. Walk in the light of God's Word by refreshing yourself in another scriptural helping of the same message that God has always given to humanity.

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