When people ask me for my opinion, I am not afraid to give them what I believe because I am confident in what I believe. Yes, I believe that everyone is entitled to their own opinion which makes America the wonderful place that it is as we are given a voice and an opportunity to share with others regardless of how off the charts it is and this is true even with scripture.
Regardless of what issue(s) we are discussing, I base my opinion not on how I personally feel but on what the statistics and evidence and/or data puts forward. Many of these issues dictate for us to make up our own mind, granted, but if everything we believe is simply based on how or what we feel then this can become a very dangerous situation especially for Christians as many of the concepts of man toward God derive from our beliefs.
Deuteronomy 4:2 reads “Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.” In other words, what God says does not need added to and is certainty does not need to be taken away from which is something that many Christians have done. Look at many of the different translations and while there are many good ones, there are certain ones that completely rewrite scripture and turns around what God truly says.
Hebrews 4:12 tells us that “For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” As Christians, we must do our best to keep God’s word pure because the Bible has been given to us for a reason and it’s for our correction and profit: “All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” (2 Timothy 3:16).
This is not just another article stating all people need to read the Bible because that’s too simple as the message of this article is not just read the Bible as a way to understand the Bible but our beliefs and philosophies need to be based on God’s word. Think for just a moment about adhering to a belief system such as Christianity but not taking the manual seriously enough to apply it to your life. Honestly, what does this particular action show? It’s like buying a car and rather than reading the manual from the vehicle’s manufacturer, you begin to play around with different parts and ways of upkeep and before long, the car is not running properly or completely unable to function.
Colossians 3:16 reads “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” and this scripture serves a very important purpose in each Christian’s life. If we belief something that goes against the teachings of God then we are not dwelling ourselves in the wisdom of God and our souls will eventually break down and scripture informs us of this: and our actions are to line up with the teachings of God the best way we can: “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, [they] are spirit, and [they] are life” (John 6:63).
What we are discussing is about what we favor more: our emotions and beliefs or what God says and it’s been this way since the beginning of time: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God” (John 1:1-2). God’s word has always been here—since the very beginning of time—and it will always be here long after any of us depart it: “NUN. Thy word [is] a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalms 119:105). Furthermore, we are told that God’s word is not only pure but it’s necessary for us to determine right from wrong: “Every word of God [is] pure: he [is] a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar” (Proverbs 30:5-6).
All in all, our worldview should be seen from God’s eyes, not someone that we look up to highly or that we respect greatly. While these people may be good and honorable people, they may not see things from God’s eyes and this is why we need to keep our eyes on things above rather than our eyes on things of this world. After all, scripture tells us that we know people by their fruit, not necessarily the words they say: “Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?” (Matthew 7:16). Regardless of what we believe and what we decide to adhere to, God’s word will always win: “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away” (Matthew 24:35).