2 Timothy 3:16 NIV
The first deception ever recorded was the one where Satan, disguised as a serpent, convinced Eve that God didn’t really mean what He said. And he’s still using the same tactic. You hear it in comments like: (a) “If you’re sincere, it doesn’t matter what you believe.” What if you’re sincerely wrong? If your car brakes don’t work your sincerity won’t stop you – telephone poles and buildings will. (b) “We must be careful not to offend anyone.” What if people don’t want to hear the truth or live according to it? Should we soften or edit the Scriptures based on what we think they can handle? If you love someone, wouldn’t you interrupt their sleep to keep them from burning up with the house? (c) “There is truth in the Bible, but not all the Bible is true.” Paul writes that “All Scripture is God-breathed” (2 Timothy 3:16 NIV). And Isaiah says, “If they speak not according to this Word, it is because there is no light in them” (Isaiah 8:20). One hundred centremetres make one metre, otherwise we’re all open to each other’s interpretations and subject to each other’s value judgments – and somebody’s going to get the short end of the stick.
Now, when we become arrogant in presenting the truth, then Christ’s cause suffers and Spiritually hungry people are turned off. We, who have received grace and mercy, must show it. But let’s not compromise what God’s Word says. Interestingly, when polled recently, the majority of today’s young people (aged 16 – 29) said, “Give it to me straight. And if you don’t live it, don’t give it!” How refreshing!
Bottom line: God’s Word is wholly, solely, fully, completely and altogether true. So be faithful to the Scriptures!
Daily Bible Reading:
Numbers 19-21, Mark 10:23-34, Psalm 44:1-8, Proverbs 2:3-6