God’s Word Today
Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
Gen 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
Gen 3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
Do we have or need a serpent today to question God’s word as written in the Bible? Or can we do it ourselves?
Hearing God’s word as it is preached or as we read it in the Bible, perhaps:
1. At times, we just avoid it, don’t read certain passages, and focus on those we like.
2. We don’t feel comfortable with what it says, or outright don’t like it. So we can change it, use different words, or redefine the words, to make it say something else. This creates a safer path for us to follow.
3. At the extreme we can just deny the author entirely. If we can choose to not believe God exists then his word loses authority, and we feel comfortable not listening to it.
It’s best though to hang on to the Bible in some adulterated form since most people still find it useful to have some authoritative guide for their lives at least in the areas and doctrines of better living that they agree with.
Plus referring to the Bible from time to time gives a false assurance, a connection to a broader community, and an opportunity to appear credible to those who do believe and follow God’s word. This is purposeful to deceive, and teach other’s to do likewise. Though for some it’s just the unknowing consequence of good intentions, that our way is the better way. Secular Humanism itself spins our of some of the good doctrines found in the Bible, while ignoring and rejecting all the others.
by Mike Ratliff
3 Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God. 5 Do you not remember that while I was still with you, I was telling you these things? 6 And you know what restrains him now, so that in his time he will be revealed. 7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way. 8 Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the…
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