Protecting or Rejecting Error

2 Timothy 2:15, Acts 17:11, false philosophies
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Are we more interested in protecting false ideas about Christ or knowing the Truth?

Bible-believing Christians often accept false teaching if it's adapted to "Christianese"(1) and repeated often enough. In fact, some of the most popular misconceptions in Christianity come from using out-of-context Scripture verses or emphasizing one verse at the expense of others.(2)

Half-truths are always more dangerous than outright lies because they are easier to believe. That’s why Satan often uses them (Luke 4:9-12). 

We can protect ourselves from false teaching by:
1. Studying Scripture regularly (2 Timothy 2:15). 
2. Testing everything with Scripture, even things we hear from respectable Christians (Acts 17:11). 
3. Accepting Scripture even when it refutes something we've believed for years (Joshua 24:14-15).

Let’s be the kind of Christians who are more interested in knowing God’s opinion than protecting our own. 
* using spiritual words and phrases familiar among Christians
(2) See Pieces Parts for more helpful info on this problem

To look at some of the false beliefs popular among Christians, check out Bible Love Notes "Myth Busters" Archive.

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3 comments:

  1. A very good post. Let the Word of God be our measuring ruler. The English word "canonical" is derived from the Greek which means precisely that - a measuring ruler or the standard of comparison.

    I have recently been feeling uncomfortable with how people in my country use the term "dreams" to refer to God. They speak of something as being "in Gods dreams" or "God's dream is this or that". The problem is, they substitute Biblical terms such as "decree" or "purpose" or simply will for "dreams". They still speak of God's will, but a will which is contingent, which is always dependent on something outside Him. They NEVER use the word decree, it sounds like a swearword in modern evangelical churches!

    What comes to their minds with that word (dreams) is, as is the case for us humans, a mere wish, wishful thinking, as if God very much wanted something but cannot get it unless such and such conditions are met, or unless we humans help Him (?!) God has a sovereign will. Indeed there are some mysteries involved in God's will, but I still believe we should use Biblical terminology when talking about Him.

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  2. Thanks for the link to your collection of Myth Busters. I saved the it in my favorites so that I can read them as I have time.

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