There are many people who are familiar with the ancient book called the Holy Bible. Some are scholars – people who study the Book and its teachings. Some are teachers – those who explain the meanings and interpretations of the text. Some are readers – individuals who pore over the words and mediate on its passages. And some are casual readers/listeners – individuals who have heard only bits and pieces of it from various people and places.
Some perceptions of this Book are that it is simply a rule book of do’s or dont’s which sole purpose is to make life dull and boring. Or that it is a book riddled with contradictions and mere fairy tales. Or that it is an out-of-date archaic book that no longer fits the needs of a modern society. But even with these common statements and attitudes, the Bible (interestingly) still remains at the forefront of many conversations and debates even of this current time.
A key distinction and aspect of this Book that makes it different from all the rest is that it is a living document. It’s words are not just simply letters that form sentences on a page. It is even more than simply letters on a page that form sentences that form images that form concepts. They are the words, thoughts, and commands of the Living God which the Holy Spirit breathes life into.
While this book is a great source of comfort and healing to countless people (past, present, and future), it is also the favorite Book of the common enemy to all believers; The Prince of Darkness. Say what? Am I saying that the Bible is the Devil’s favorite read?
That is exactly what I’m saying.
Only someone who knows something so well, so intimately, is able to twist it to mean something else.
I heard a secular “sermon” the other day. The church service was everything you’d find at any other Christian church in America. There were prayers, singing of hymns, even some skits put on by children. It actually felt like a very welcoming place.
But as I listened to the sermon, I was amazed at how effective the tactic of interweaving truths with deceptions really is. What this person was saying “sounded” good, but if you really delved deep into it, it made no sense, and the focus was entirely on self rather than The One True God.
I actually left that sermon feeling worse than I did when I came in. Why? Because all that was said, I felt, would leave a person with a spirit of despair and be left with only even more questions. The “pastor” kept telling people to empty themselves and work hard at attaining joy but never mentioned how this was achieved. In fact, the message I gathered was that joy is intertwined with sorrow and sorrow was the only way to feel joy. Say what!? How utterly depressing and in complete opposition to the Word of Truth.
Are you seeking Truth? Are you looking for answers? I do not know your needs, but God does and sometimes all you need to do is ask.
God, I am at a loss for words and at the end of my rope. I am seeking for answers I can never seem to find. I humble myself before You and ask for Your help. Please reveal to me the Truth, The Way, and The Life.
“Humble yourself before the LORD, and He will lift you up.” James 4:10