Thursday, December 10, 2009

Reposting, Be a Skeptical Christian

Christians ought to practice a bit of skepticism. I don’t mean to go so far as to be the scoffer we find in the book of Proverbs – the kind that can’t listen to, learn from and truly receive instruction and correction. That type can’t change, and that’s not what God wants from us.

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge;
Fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 1:22-23 "How long, O naive ones, will you love being simple-minded? And scoffers delight themselves in scoffing And fools hate knowledge? "Turn to my reproof, Behold, I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you.

So, scoffing at knowledge and refusing to learn is not a good thing. On the other hand, swallowing everything that you hear – or read – hook, line and sinker isn’t what God wants either. Consider this verse:

Proverbs 14:15 The naive believes everything, But the sensible man considers his steps.

It’s a delicate balance, isn’t it? Being a scoffer is not a good thing, yet neither is naively believing everything. How does one find the right balance? Start with two things, surrendered prayer and reading the word – not focusing on the favorite scriptures you are already well familiar with, but seeking to learn some new things, even some things which you may have resisted in the past. Is there something new the Spirit of God would whisper to you if only you were willing to receive His counsel? Are there passages of scripture you tend to ignore because you can’t seem to fit them into your current way of thinking, or your favorite doctrine, or theology? Put aside the popular teachings of the day and age for awhile, and become committed to seeking the whole will of God by digging into His word for yourself. You may find yourself looking at things you thought to be true in the past with fresh insight, and new understanding.

John 7:16-17 So Jesus answered them and said, "My teaching is not Mine, but His who sent Me. "If anyone is willing to do His will, he will know of the teaching, whether it is of God or whether I speak from Myself.

1 John 4:1 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 Thessalonians 5:19-21 Do not quench the Spirit; do not despise prophetic utterances. But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good;

Ephesians 4:14-15 As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ,

1 Timothy 4:1 But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons,

2 Peter 3:15-18 and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation; just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you, as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction. You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness, but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

God's plan for His beloved children is that they learn, and grow, and become steadfast and mature, holding to the whole truth of God with discernment, not distorting the scriptures. Be blessed today as you seek Him and His will in mature wisdom.

Job 42:1-2 Then Job answered the LORD and said, "I know that You can do all things, And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.


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