God requires every Christian to make sure that he is not deluded and taken in by false teaching.
Let the inspired, inerrant, infallible Holy Bible (sola scriptura), ... and not any earthly Church, or any preacher on earth, ... be your rule of faith.
The NKJV says to "Test all Things".
NASB, an even better
translation, says ... "examine
The Bereans, when they heard the preaching of Paul, searched the
Scriptures daily, determining
whether those things were so that he taught them, and many of
them believed. So, you too should
give heed to instruction and
not receive all things
without proof and trial that
they are not contrary to the wholesome doctrine of the Word of God.
A good summary definition of God is “the
Supreme Being; the Creator and Ruler of all that is; the Self-existent
One who is perfect in power, goodness, and wisdom.”
What this means is that God is so infinitely above and beyond us and our ability to fully comprehend that, had He not revealed Himself, we would not know or understand what He is like.
But, thankfully, God has not left us in the dark about Himself. Instead, He has revealed Himself to us through both general revelation (creation and our conscience) and special revelation (the Written Word of God, the Bible, and the living Word of God, Jesus Christ).
Therefore, we can know God,
and we can know how to be reconciled to Him and how to live according to
His will. Despite the fact that we are finite and God is infinite,
we can know and understand God
as He has revealed Himself to us.
Belief beyond proof is faith. Belief in spite of proof is folly.
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Author & Webmaster: Preston
H. Hazzard, Sr.