“Only those who have been diligent students of the Scriptures and who have received the love of the truth will be shielded from the powerful delusion that takes the world captive.”—Great Controversy, pg. 625 (1911).
How is the word “delusion” defined? “A delusion is a belief held with strong conviction despite superior evidence to the contrary. As a pathology, it is distinct from a belief based on false or incomplete information, confabulation, dogma, illusion, or other effects of perception.” I found it interesting it is also considered a mental illness! Well, think about it. If you seem to always side with what is considered “not true”, an argument could be made you are delusional, a definite and credible proof of mental defect.
The author in the above quotation taken from my morning’s devotional reading has strong merit. “Only those who have been diligent students of the Scriptures…” I think it is necessary to define, “diligent”. “A constant and earnest effort to accomplish what is undertaken; persistent exertion of body or mind.” Notice the word, “student” in the quotation as applied with the “Scriptures”. Do you remember your days as a student? Do you apply as much diligence to the studying of Scripture as you did to your schoolwork when in high school or college? If the majority of you answered, “yes”, it because you’re probably proving the point about being “delusional”! by the mere fact, for many of you it is not practical because of your needed ability to make a livelihood. However, there are some of you who have acquired college degrees while working full-time jobs, so the question would still remain, “how many of you would be considered “diligent students of the Scriptures”? If your answer is not a position one, then the rest of the statement in the quotation would be your fate. You “will not be” shielded from the powerful delusion which takes the world captive.”
“And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?” Rev 13:3-4 (KJV)
What has always intrigued me in this rendering of verses is the fact the Bible states clearly: “…and ALL the world wondered AFTER the beast.” ALL THE WORLD WONDERED. Interesting, one of the definitions of the word “wonder” is: “desire or be curious to know something.”
So, here, we have it plainly stated, those who are not diligent students of the Scriptures will become desirous and curious to know other than it and their attention and attraction will be toward the beast.
Many of you haven’t a clue who the “beast” is so how would you know it or not if you’re not “wondering” regarding it? The answer is easily determined: “because you’re not a diligent student of Scripture.”
Let’s put it on the table so we can all see. How much time or your day is spent in actual Bible study? Now, I’m not talking about the casual reading of one of the Psalms or Proverbs, a chapter of such does not constitute Bible study. There is a difference between “reading” and “studying”. How many of you, the ones who went after the “A’s” and “B’s” in school accomplished such by the mere reading of the textbooks, or was there actual studying involved? I was a “C” and “D” student, so I can confess and tell you I was all about “reading” and seldom “studied”. My inability to study was the reason why I never pursued, successfully, higher education. Thank God today, I have a desire to study what is worthy of being studied, and that is my Bible. I also “thank God” I’m retired and not distracted with having to make a living so when I get up from my bed, usually between six and seven in the morning, and except for about a half-hour of walking and forty-five minutes of meal-taking, up until four in the afternoon, I can be found at my laptop “studying” Scripture which results in my writing these messages for someone’s edification along with my own. So, “yes”, I can admit to studying at least six to seven hours, a day, except Sunday, I’m found with my Bible! Why? Because I don’t want to be caught up in the delusion which the WHOLE WORLD will be caught up in. It can happen and since “diligent study” is the ONLY method to prevent it from occurring, and I know this, then it makes sense to do it. I want to be saved.
Many of the posts I read and the questions asked or inferred is indicative there is little studying going on! Those who posts from “Catholic and Proud” definitely demonstrate there is “NO” studying going on. Those who are advocates of “women’s ordination” have demonstrated there is little known regarding the Scriptures. Those who are caught up in Sunday congregational worship are definitely “wondering” after the beast and haven’t a clue and easily fit under the description of being deluded! They would know the difference if they’re studying their Bible what is truth and what is false.
If you’re not putting in at least one hour, each day, in readying and studying your Bible, you will be subjecting yourself to the same fate as those who don’t bother to pick up their Bible at all, so what would be the point?
Don’t be delusional!
June 24, 2015