False teachings really push my buttons, in case no one noticed my frequent shrieking and pulling my hair out. I think that is because I am surrounded by the collateral damage that springs forth from such things. I spend about 90% of my time whispering as gently as possible, but that’s not Christ.
How do you even discern such things? I suppose you really get to know His voice and His word and you become intimately acquainted with Him. In short hand I can ask, does this scriptural idea testify to the glory of God? If not, it’s just not sound.
Everyone perceives things differently, everyone applies ideas to their life in a way that works for them. There is a lot of diversity in how we interpret information and express it, in how we read the written word and how we live our lives. We’re all on our own path, responding to a variety of circumstances, struggling with our personal challenges. Nobody is expected to have all the answers or get it right all the time.
However, faith is a bit like building a house, if you get that first cornerstone wrong, if your foundation is built on sand, it does not matter how perfectly you build the rest of the house, it will crumble, it will shift on sinking sand.
So, does this scriptural idea testify to the glory of God? First Peter 3:15 says, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you…” God is good. Faith builds people and things. It lifts us up, it edifies, it makes us better than we were. It testifies to the hope that is within us. Christ heals. He is all about redemption, reconciliation, grace, amazing grace.
Matthew 7:16 tells us, “Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?“ John 13:35 says, “By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one to another.“
God is love. That can be a very complex idea in a world where love is so superficial, where we love our video games, our favorite songs, a pair of shoes. We sometimes equate love with happiness, as if to say, “if it makes me happy it must be love.” Love is actually a very deep subject, steadfast, loyal, sacrificial in nature, painful even. But God is love and love is an important concept in the bible. People can have all the words right, the theology all worked out, but absent a good understanding of love, we become nothing but resounding gongs or clanging symbols, having no substance to our faith. Vanity, all is vanity, even the best theological arguments.