I’ve been doing a Bible reading plan where you read 10 chapters a day from different parts of the Bible. More on that later. I thought I’d blog on some of the things that stood out to me.
1. Note the references to knowledge in this passage — just one of many refutations of the “blind faith” argument lodged against Christians.
2 Peter 1:5-8 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2. Regarding decision making and the will of God, note in this passage how Paul not only had an “open door,” but one from the Lord — yet he passed it by! Paul ignored an open door from the Lord.
God may give us many multiple doors to choose from, so we don’t need to be so worried about making mistakes as long as we are in his moral will and are using wisdom to make decisions. If you do that, it is acceptable to incorporate your personal preferences in your decision making, just like Paul did.
2 Corinthians 2:12-13 When I came to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ, even though a door was opened for me in the Lord, my spirit was not at rest because I did not find my brother Titus there. So I took leave of them and went on to Macedonia.
Judges 10 had one passage of so many that point out how seriously God takes the worship of false gods.
Judges 10:6-16 The people of Israel again did what was evil in the sight of the Lord and served the Baals and the Ashtaroth, the gods of Syria, the gods of Sidon, the gods of Moab, the gods of the Ammonites, and the gods of the Philistines. And they forsook the Lord and did not serve him. So the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he sold them into the hand of the Philistines and into the hand of the Ammonites, and they crushed and oppressed the people of Israel that year . . . And the people of Israel cried out to the Lord, saying, “We have sinned against you, because we have forsaken our God and have served the Baals.” And the Lord said to the people of Israel, “Did I not save you from the Egyptians and from the Amorites, from the Ammonites and from the Philistines? The Sidonians also, and the Amalekites and the Maonites oppressed you, and you cried out to me, and I saved you out of their hand. Yet you have forsaken me and served other gods; therefore I will save you no more. Go and cry out to the gods whom you have chosen; let them save you in the time of your distress.” And the people of Israel said to the Lord, “We have sinned; do to us whatever seems good to you. Only please deliver us this day.” So they put away the foreign gods from among them and served the Lord, and he became impatient over the misery of Israel.
Huh? I thought that all religions are equally valid paths to God and that we have as much to learn from them as they do from us. At least that’s what false teachers like Chuck Currie say ( I analyzed his “sermon” here).
The New Testament demonstrates 100 times directly or indirectly that Jesus is the only way to salvation. The Old Testament is replete with the sin and consequences of worshiping false gods. Finding passages like the one above is like shooting fish in a barrel.
Yet Chuck and other pluralists and universalists disagree with the Bible over and over — literally hundreds of times — and claim that these other gods are just different manifestations of the real God. It isn’t like these passages are subtle or complicated. They couldn’t be more clear. So which source should we trust?