So many people these days are turning aside from truth to follow false doctrines and beliefs. Why is that?
For one, the quest for truth is a journey. We need to seek after it, hunger for it, desire it and live for it.
We need to understand that the Bible is truth but the Bible can easily be misinterpreted and taught falsely.
When seeking truth it is vital to know where you’re getting your information from. There are many so-called teachers out there trying to teach the deep truths of God. Can they ALL be trusted? The rule of thumb… Just because something seems or sounds reasonable or “right” according to your thinking does not make it truth. One of the leading reasons for false teachers and false doctrine is not necessarily due to fame and fortune (although there are many in that category) but due to a lack of diligent study of the scripture.
False doctrine is also established when a pastor, teacher or individual “picks and chooses” scripture to back up their preconceived idea or notion. When a verse does not comply with our view then we dismiss that verse. If that’s the case then we have no solid foundation. That is relativism; every person is free to choose what is right and true depending on circumstance and feelings. That doctrine will not stand the test of time. It is false, it will fall short and people will flounder through life with that kind of belief system. And that's what we're seeing today.
We need to understand that the Gospel is simple enough for a child to understand yet deep enough to baffle the minds of the greatest thinkers. Does this mean that we don’t have to dig deep to find truth? By no means! We are commanded to move on from drinking spiritual milk, which are the elementary teachings of Christ, to eating meat, which are the deeper teachings (Heb 5:11-14).
I’ve heard it said quite a few times and even from pastors that “We shouldn’t have to try so hard to find the truths of the Bible. Why would God make it so difficult to understand?” Well, God does tell us to ask, seek and knock (Mt 7:7-8). Wisdom will not simply be instilled into a person while his mind is filled with worldly knowledge. That’s why Paul tells us to “RE-NEW” our minds and we do that through scripture (Ro 12:2). We need to remember God’s ways are so much higher than our ways (Isa 55:8-9). If I’m just waiting for truth to jump out at me and all I have to do is weigh it out according to my understanding then I’m not being renewed. I’m still leaning on my own understanding.
We DARE NOT think that a new believer can start interpreting and teaching the Bible. Paul explicitly said do not let a new believer teach (1 Tim 3:6-7). A new believer is highly encouraged to tell people what Christ has done in their life but not teach the Bible. That's why, the quest for truth is a journey. There are too many false teachings, opinions and philosophies out there to sort through. Not to mention the Bible in itself will require a lifetime to diligently study and discover the truth's involved in it.
What about you? What is the extent of your quest for truth? Are you seeking it? Or do you just blindly take in what you read or what your pastor says as truth? Watch out! It's easy to be led astray. We ALL need to be like the Bereans “who were of noble character” because they listened to Paul and went back to check the scripture to see if what he was saying was true (Acts 17:11). If they checked to see if Paul was telling the truth according to scriptures, how much more should you be checking on what your pastor says or even what I say for that matter. Always check it with scripture. Why? Because, like Jesus said, "Sanctify them (set them apart for holy purposes) by the truth, Your word is truth." (Jn 17:17).
The quest for truth is vital. It is a journey. It's life. Feel free to contact me with any questions. I am more than willing to join with you on this amazing journey. God bless! <><
"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash." --JESUS