HAS THIS INFORMATION STRENGTHENED
YOUR FAITH IN YOUR FALSE RELIGION?
Has your faith in your false religion been strengthened by
what we have presented? If so, you have reason to be concerned. I wish it could be otherwise,
but the Bible teaches that its message will have one of two effects on people:
Either it will stir their hearts to faith, or it will harden them and drive them
away. As the apostle Paul said in II Corinthians 2:15-16:
"For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in
them that are saved, and in them that perish. To the one we are the savour of
death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is
sufficient for these things?"
What Paul was saying is that the Gospel is not merely
information that one can accept or dismiss. It is a living thing that draws some
people near and pushes others away. God recognizes that many people who hear His
words will reject them, to their own destruction. As He told the prophet
"But when I speak with thee, I will open thy mouth,
and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; He that heareth, let
him hear; and he that forbeareth, let him forbear: for they are a rebellious
house." Ezekiel 3:27
Jesus Himself warned us that most people will not reach
Heaven, and exhorted us in Matthew 17:13-14:
"Enter ye in at the strait (narrow) gate: for wide is the
gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be
which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which
leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."
Does that mean that God's Word is weak, or that it has
failed? Not at all. For the Bible is not only a call to belief; it is a
discerner, a witness, and a judge. As Hebrews 4:12 tells us:
"The word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper
than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and
spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and
intents of the heart."
How do you respond to the Bible? Do you rejoice at its
message, or do you consider it foolish and corrupt? Is it the aroma of life to
you, or the smell of dead things? Either way, your heart has been laid bare and
your future has been revealed to you, unless you change. Moreover, Jesus warns
us in John 12:47-48 that this very Word will judge us on the Last Day:
"And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I
judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. 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."
Therefore, do not think that you have defeated or
nullified this Word when you or your fellow adherents reject it. I tell you, you
have not defeated this Word, it has defeated you:
"Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the
disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it
pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. For the
Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ
crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God,
and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and
the weakness of God is stronger than men." I Corinthians 1:20-25
I pray that God's blessing will be upon you as you
consider this warning. May He give you eyes to see, ears to hear, that you may
understand and turn and He would heal you.
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