Fact Check your Faith
I heard the question hundreds of times from my children. It’s hardwired into their development. Studies show children ask hundreds of questions a day, and I believe it! However, by the age of 18, the volume of questions has tapered down to only two or three questions a day. Do we know everything there is to know after adolescence?
“Canst thou by searching find out God? Canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection? The measure thereof is longer than the earth, And broader than the sea.” (Job 11:7, 9)
Have we exhausted all there is to know at such a young age? The answer is, “No”! So why do we stop searching? The answer to this question is an indictment of our pet God.
In 2017, a joint research effort aimed to discover whether practicing Christians had a Biblical worldview. Simply put, do they answer life questions with Biblical answers? The results are shattering! Barely 1 out of 5 practicing Christians (17%) has a Biblical worldview. Nearly 2 out of 3 (61%) have a blend of the Bible and what is called “new spirituality” which is a conglomeration of eastern religions, New Age, and paganism! To demonstrate such wayward thinking among believers, the researchers asked some questions. One such question was whether they agreed with the following statement: “All people pray to the same God or Spirit, no matter what name they use for that spiritual being.” It’s a shocker, but nearly half (49%) of practicing Christians agree!
Another statement was presented: “If you do good, you will receive good, if you do bad you will receive bad.” Almost 1 out of 3 (32%) agreed. This is the karmic statement Job already laid to rest early in his struggle. “What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips” (Job 2:10). When we stop exploring the ways of God, we start accepting contrived notions about God. The itch of a question is scratched with worldly reason, and we are satisfied. Like Job’s friends, we think we have the answers, but we are terribly heretical and dangerously simplistic when we fit God into a man-made box.
His ways are past finding out! This means we have much to learn. Take all you know about God and fact-check it with the Word of God. Start asking questions again and find the answers in His Word. Stop accepting the world’s fabricated assumptions as truth. Explore the wonder of God’s ways. At times, you may not understand His plan, but you can always trust His longsuffering hand.
“Know therefore that God exacteth of thee less than thine iniquity deserveth.” (Job 11:6)
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