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Who Is Teaching The Truth?

Who Is Teaching The Truth?

The apostle Paul, in writing to Timothy, said God "desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." ( 1 Timothy 2:4). In Ephesians 5:17 he begs the saints at Ephesus to "not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is."

By these passages, it should be obvious that we can understand what the truth is in regard to religious doctrines and practices. But if we look around us at the modern religious world, we see hundreds of different groups teaching hundreds of different things, and all claiming to have the truth. It can be quite puzzling to anyone who is honestly searching for what is right.

Paul was trying to prevent such a situation in his day. Some of the brethren in the church at Corinth were beginning to divide into different groups. He said, "Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment." ( 1 Corinthians 1:10).

In light of the above passages, do you believe it is possible that all the different religious groups in the world today are all teaching the truth? What would the inspired apostle Paul think about all the current divisions?

Well, then, WHO IS RIGHT?
Let's begin by saying that only the Bible is right, not men. After all, "I know the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man who walks to direct his own steps." ( Jeremiah 10:23).

The inspired Word of God must be recognized as the only standard (rule) for religious authority, not doctrinal creeds written by uninspired men. Paul says in 2 Timothy 3:16-17, "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work."

HOW CAN I KNOW IF I HAVE THE TRUTH?
If only the Bible is right, and we follow only the Bible, then we know we have the truth. We should always follow the example of the Bereans in Acts 17:11 who "received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so." Whenever someone spoke about religious matters, they looked it up. Notice that they double-checked the preaching of the apostle Paul, and the Lord praised them for it!

WHY SHOULD I FIND OUT THE TRUTH?
We should be diligent in finding out and obeying it, because God's Word is going to judge us in the end. Jesus said, "
He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day." ( John 12:48). Paul says, "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad." ( 2 Corinthians 5:10).

Let's put aside all those confusing, contradictory doctrines and begin following only the pure gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. "For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous." ( 1 John 5:3).
 
Jimmy
Adapted: Bro Tom Rainwater
04/11/10  am



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