Posted by: watchmancurtis | November 5, 2009

Do We Manipulate the Bible?

Bibles036I’ve been thinking about this for several years and I’m convinced that many people do.  We’ve all been guilty at some time or another, I’m sure.  I mainly want to challenge you today with a question.  Do you read the Bible to find what you believe or do you read it to prove what you already believe?   I was very guilty of  the latter at one point in my life.  I was taught the doctrine of my church and I never questioned it.  I just assumed that the doctrine they taught lined up with the Word.  One day I was asked a question that challenged one specific point of doctrine and I gave my church’s typical response to it.  Something bothered me afterward though and I began looking at the scriptures to prove that I was right.  What I found, however, was that I was wrong.  That caused me to cry out to the Lord for what His truth was.  I wanted to read the Bible as if it were the first time I had read it.  I didn’t want my faith to be because “my parents raised me that way”, or “my preacher or pastor taught me this.”  I wanted to believe what I believed because it was God’s truth.  Now that isn’t to say that now I am correct on all my points of doctrine.  What is true now, though, is that when faced with a question or a challenge of that belief I try to be open about it.  If someone can show me from the Word where I am wrong…I want to be the first to admit it. 

 I had an interesting conversation with a man one time about angels.  We were looking at Hebrews 1:14.  He was extremely resistant to the idea that angels help us today (to put it mildly).  I asked him this question.  If angels don’t help us today then what is that verse saying?  His answer startled me, made me chuckle and then saddened me.  He said, “I don’t know, but it doesn’t mean what it says!”  I made the decision right then that I did not want to be like that.  Another man I had a disagreement…I mean discussion with got equally upset at me.  He resorted to telling me that there were 1,000 preachers who he knew of that supported him, as if it were a popularity contest.  All I could do was shake my head.   Let us not be like the Pharisees who elevated the scriptures and made them an idol and yet missed the truth.  Jesus told them in John 5:39,

 “You search the scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me; and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life.”

 I want to challenge you to challenge your own beliefs sometimes.  Oh there are some we need to be rock solid on, don’t get me wrong.  We don’t want to be tossed to and fro.   The majority of what we believe though is not above taking another look at.  Don’t discourage someone questioning you or challenging you.  Let your skin be thick enough to handle it.  More importantly, have the desire to seek after the truth.  I pray frequently, “Lord, if what I believe is not truth, show me.  Change me.  Help me to conform to your truth.”  Maybe today you can join me in that prayer.  Let us be seekers of truth and not manipulators of God’s precious Word.

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Responses

  1. Excellent advice. Our new exploration of the afterlife should be interesting.

  2. Definitely! I’m thankful that I am surrounded by a pastor and friends such as you, that are truth seekers.

  3. Thanks for giving us a well needed reminder. I am blessed to have you as my covering. Through you, God brings balance to me. Great word!

  4. That’s a good word, Curtis. I’m taking it to heart.

  5. Hey Curt,
    I finally found time to sit down and really study. Thanks for including me,and I am looking forward to what you all have to say tomorrow.


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