2010-01-08 - Spas of the Scripture
In this passage we see people in two places.
Some men can complicate the simplest of truths and others may over simplify or misuse scripture to teach you what they believe. They will confuse you and trick you to deceive you.
Let me show you what I mean. A high school freshman won first prize at the Greater Idaho Falls Science Fair, April 26, 1997. He was attempting to show how conditioned we have become to the alarmists practicing junk science and spreading fear of everything in our environment. In his project he urged people to sign a petition demanding strict control or total elimination of the chemical "dihydrogen monoxide." And for plenty of good reasons, since it can:
He asked 50 people if they supported a ban of the chemical dihydrogen monoxide. 43 said yes, six were undecided and only one knew it was WATER! The title of his prize-winning project was, "How Gullible Are We?" I think his conclusion is rather obvious. Most of these people he asked probably knew some science but only one understood it well.
Religion is another area where people have a tendency to be gullible. People are looking for answers and will accept any that seem true. Extreme examples found in David Koresh's followers or the Heaven's Gate cult. But it can happen to any of us at any time if we believe someone without checking out God's Word to see if what is being taught is the truth. Faith does not mean blindly accepting whatever anyone (even a preacher) says. We have are to have faith in God not in man.
John warns, "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world." (I John 4:1). We are to use God's Word to discern between what is true and what is false.
We often listen to hear what others say the Bible says but we don't look to see what the Bible says. We are easy prey for people with an easy message. Many "Christian" groups allowed one or two traditions to enter then a few more traditions and now there traditions overshadow the scripture. A friend's church uses "the four pillars of Scripture, Reason, Tradition, and Experience" - He says they are all equal. Imagine that my reason and experience could over rule scripture. If I don't think the Bible makes sense to me I can change it as I see fit. We need to return to the word and return to God's truths; we need to get into the scriptures.
This holiday season seems to be a busy time for all so let's go to the SPAs and relax. Taking a few liberties with the words of Isaiah 40:31 Let's ".wait upon the LORD [in the SPAs of scripture and] .renew [our] strength." Then we can ".mount up with wings as eagles; .run, and not be weary; and . walk. [without fainting]" I want to use the word SPA as an acronym for three things to help us better understand God's word.
To be continued...
Note: this begins another series based on a message preached almost eight years ago (12/31/2001).
All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted