Thoughts on Truth vs. Untruth

Yesterday I was on here at 3 am…well for an almost 78-year-old that makes for a long day. I did manage to get a two-hour nap in the afternoon and then went to bed at 8 pm as I could not hold my eyes open any longer. Well, needless to say I was awake at 10 pm…then back in bed at midnight…to the recliner in the living room and tried to read but fell asleep… back to bed at about 1 am.  You get the picture.

sleeping

As I was thinking, my thoughts turned to the very short book of Jude in the Bible. It has only 25 verses and is a quick read. In verses 5-19 (most of the chapter/book) it deals with  people sharing false teaching and refers to them in some very unflattering terms.

In modern language we would call them apostates, cults, strange, not understanding and I think I am being not too unkind. When you look at a pig, how do you describe it…it looks like a pig. When you look at a cow, how do you describe it…it looks like a cow.

Verse 12 describes them as

“clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots.”

verse 13 says

“raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.”

Verse 11 mentions three different individuals:

Cain – He was his own God
Balaam – He worshiped riches
Korah – He fomented rebellion

You do not need to be unkind to those who knock at your door…for the most part they are disillusioned but firmly believe what they believe. We need to show the love of Jesus to them. On a cold day we have invited them in our home and given them a hot cup of coffee and a friendly smile and let them warm up and they were ever so grateful.

But the best antidote to the false teaching is to know for yourself what the Bible says.  Paul wrote to Timothy

Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.

Truth

For interesting reading, go on Amazon and try finding a book called “Kingdom of the Cults” by Author Walter Martin, publisher Bethany House.

Martin says

” All cultic belief systems manifest a type of institutional dogmatism and a pronounced intolerance for any position but their own.”

This book is not an easy read but it sure is packed with the truth.

Healed by His stripes

At about 4 AM this morning…I rarely sleep for more than four or five hours nightly, I turned my attention to the Word of God.

Isaiah 53

Today I reread the familiar passage of Isaiah 53. I was particularly struck by a phrase in verse number five which says

“And by His stripes we are healed.”

In the work on the cross we all focus on

Salvation, Grace, Completion, Ultimate Love

But sometimes we let slip by some of the other things provided in the atoning work of Christ on the Cross. Another similar verse is in I Peter 2:24’s phrase

“by whose stripes you were healed.”

Isaiah is pointing forward to the cross and I Peter is pointing backward to the cross….the same work. It was accomplished. Each time we take communion we remember His death, His burial, and His resurrection but let us remember ALL that was accomplished there, on the cross, that terrible day but great day.

Let us never forget. As we partake of communion we can quietly also ask for the healing of our bodies, our wounded spirits, our suffering loved ones, our nation.

Oh wow!!!

Meditate on all that and give God the glory due his matchless Name.