There is a song we’re all, well, many are familiar, and whose lyrics are:
“My Hope is Built on Nothing Less” by Edward Mote, 1797-1874
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.
A young gentleman friend who believes their faith has the truth and is quite adamant about sharing and defending truth found himself in “sinking sand” when he challenged me regarding the seventh day Sabbath. He did not know man, Adam and Eve, were created on the sixth day, the day before the Sabbath! Later, he retracted his statement because he went back and read it. I would like to think he “reread” it, but the truth of the matter is, “he did not know, or was sure” what is the foundational truth of all truths: What took place the first week of Creation.
Too many Christians specialize, or would like to think they do, in what occurs and is reported in the New Testament, more specifically in the Book of Acts. They wish to base their whole Christian experience on the literal, written word of Acts. The problem with this belief, you are building your building on sand without a firm foundation. For example, take this verse:
“But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and sat down.” Acts 13:14 (KJV)
The question would be asked, “What is Sabbath day?” It is the first time I encountered it skimming the particular book. Now, if I am accustomed to having not read the Old Testament, the “foundational” Scriptures, and I’m immersed in tradition and custom, it would be easy for me to believe and defend “Sunday” as being the day spoken here, BUT, because my foundation is founded in the Old Testament, I know without a doubt it is referring to Saturday.
If someone has not acquired the “basics”, for example in arithmetic 1+1=2, then how will they be able to determine higher mathematics? I knew, right there, to bring that conversation to a close because if someone hadn’t learned what day man was created, what occurred in the very first chapter of the Bible, why bother trying to teach what would occur in the middle of the New Testament, some 4,000 years later. He can’t get the first seven days straight!
My friends, if you haven’t gotten into the habit of reading a book, even the Bible, from the beginning and THEN to the end, it is no surprise why you are confused and will follow whatever sounds good and not truth!
March 5, 2016