HOW DO WE KNOW?

“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” John 16:13 (KJV)

As I am doing this particular document to prepare for posting, the author uses various other authors who have written substantially upon a particular subject, of which he utilizes in order to present both the error and truth, so a conclusion can be reached by the reader.  But the question remains:  How do we know?  What is truth versus the error?  HOW DO WE KNOW?

With all the different denominations available, it has to be obvious, they cannot all be true.  So, the question begged to be asked, “Which is not correct and which one is correct?”  A friend posted some time ago how “Buddhism helps people to become more “Christ-like” (Christian) than those who tout being Christian!”  I had to immediately respond, “Those who need to be taught from a source of idolatry were never Christian to begin with.”  One cannot expect to use a pagan and sinful source in order to find truth and enlightenment.  This is definitely without question a strategy of the devil and many have fallen victim.  God is able to use a wrong course in order to bring about a positive result, but we cannot.  The oft quoted text:

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 (KJV)

establishes this point:  “called according to ‘His’, not mine, but His purpose.”  And, do not forget the qualifier, “them that love God.”  There are many types of love and there are many gods in this world, so this is not a blanket verse to cover all methodologies of coming to the one and only true God, for there is ONLY ONE WAY to God and this is through Christ, not Buddha!

Another friend complimented me years ago, which I have never forgotten because I have had to consider the value of what she said.  She said, “You are well-read”.  I’ve prided myself on having accumulated, prior to the digital age a library, and now we’re into the digital age, a “digital” library, and by another friend’s remark upon seeing my earlier library, “I know most of these have been read”.  He was correct.  I love reading.  I’ve always loved the expression of words which present information simply by the varying formation of characters onto paper.  Perhaps this explains why not only do I enjoy reading but it is equaled only by the fact I, too, love to write.

But, how do I know what I “read” and what I “write” is true or false?  A greater and smarter man than I could ever hope to be, in this life, said in his own writing,

“And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh. Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His Commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” Eccl 12:12-13 (KJV)

While there are some of us who are called to read other’s work and to make sense of what is written coupled with our own experience to produce something you will read, is our “calling” in life.  While it is your “calling” to take time out of your busy day to read something which causes you to be motivated, or knowledgeable, enhancing your own experience which you might then convey to others in your circle of family and friends, by the very words you speak.

But, how do we know what we say is true or not?  How do we know?

I believe, and you can quote me on this, the very first verse I used in the post is the key:

“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” John 16:13 (KJV)

To paraphrase, it states when God has given you access to the Holy Spirit, and when you’ve taken the opportunity and privilege of availing yourself to having access to the Holy Spirit, His purpose is to “guide” you into “all” truth because He is called the ‘Spirit of Truth’ and if anyone should know what Truth is, without any doubt, it is Him.

So, is it fair to say many who “think” to have the truth do not?  Yes.

Is it fair to say many are misled by the enemy of truth?  Yes.

Do many people listen to those who are in error?  Yes.

Can those who are living in error learn what the truth is?  Yes.

And even those who do hear and learn what truth is can they still be wrong in applying it?  Yes.

And will people suffer eternal damnation for not adhering to the truth?  Yes.

Will God expose you to the truth but allow you to determine if you will follow it or not?  Yes.

Solomon had it right all along but if you are going to be one of those who wish to discard the truth of the Old Testament, then you will have search for Truth in vain because the answer is found in one simple verse, already quoted above:

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His Commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” Eccl 12:13 (KJV)

So, it does not matter what I write, what you read, what we do, if we are not “keeping His (10) Commandments, for this is our total responsibility (duty), then there is nothing which could be said for us that we are doing right!  It doesn’t matter how many books you’ve read or written.  It doesn’t matter how many pastors you hear.  It doesn’t matter what church your membership is enrolled.  It does not matter even what God will do, for you and on your behalf, even His Son dying on a cross, for if you fail in keeping His Commandments, all of it would have meant nothing!

Rev. 22 sums it up quite nicely:

“Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” Rev 22:14 (KJV)

Notice the word, “do”?  Yes, there is a “work” which must be done, but it can only be done by “love” and the faith and love we have in Christ.

That, my friends, is how we know, for sure!

 

April 18, 2015

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