Tam - posted on 06/09/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )
Before we talk about this week's Creation class and my own research into the topic, I feel compelled to talk to you all for a moment. I'm not sure if this is for you personally, or for you to share, or even for me so I can do what I need to do, but I have learned if God lays something on my heart it is best to do it. This is one reason this week's lessons are late. I've wanted to pass the torch on this one, or at least make sure it was true. So, bear with me a few moments.
Paul told Timothy about a time coming when people will not endure sound doctrine, (II Timothy 4:2-5)
"Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things..."
In all things we are given the choice to believe or not. We have the choice to have faith or lack faith. We are often taught that to find that faith, to learn where we are headed, where things end, or even to get to the bottom of the TRUTH, we should go back to the beginning.
If you are a Christian, then this means you go back to the Word--Genesis.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it." John 1:1-5
The further I get into this study, the more I see how important Genesis is, not just for the formation of the earth and the purpose of the earth, but for our very souls and our very faith. Yet we have become so desensitized to things around us we have forgotten the pure simplicity and absolute authority of God's WHOLE Word.
"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." 2 Timothy 3:16-17
There are times we have become so afraid to rock the boat or unsure in our own souls that we will often take what we are taught in the world and try to apply it to God's word instead of taking God's word and applying it to what we learn in the world.
Instead of questioning the theories or false doctrines presented we question the source of Truth, the Word.
Unfortunately, when we do that, we negate the absolute authority of the Word of God, OUR SWORD OF TRUTH! When we try to mesh the two things together, only one thing gets compromised. The WORD--our weapon of Truth. The falsehood manages to remain the same. We end up TAKING AWAY or ADDING TO the Word of God. We take away from our own faith in Him when we do it to. We are given many warnings to not do this.
"You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you." Deuteronomy 4:2
"Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it." Deuteronomy 12:32
"Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar." Proverbs 30:5-6
I cannot stress enough how it is more important than ever to become grounded in Him, to really understand and know and continually pray for His guidance. We are His light and salt. We are required to know what He says, and also what He doesn't say. If you agree or not doesn't really matter--this is not about us, this is about Him.
This is not just about the Creation information. I feel this is more about listening to the Voice of Truth in ALL matters. I know there are a lot of things happening today, a lot of false lures out there ready to ensnare our hearts and minds with things that are not of God, though they may be disguised as such. There are false prophets and lies out there ready to ensnare us if we are not careful and so it is more important than ever to be vigilant, to study the Word and pray.
Then listen and believe to God. He is the TRUTH, THE WAY and THE LIFE. He will not lead you astray.