The Truth

So many religious people don’t seem to think God’s truth matters. They think there are many ways to heaven (Christian, Judaism, or Islam). They think all the different Christian type churches are right even though they all teach different things. Can 2 plus 2 equal 4 and 5 at the same time? If only one answer is right in mathematics then only one answer is right in religion also, and that would be God’s answer, understood by reading His word (Eph 3:4).

Pilate asked Jesus in John 18:38 "what is truth?" It seems most so called Christians don’t know the answer to that question anymore. The answer is "thy word is truth" (John 17:17b). And in the first part of John 17:17, Jesus taught that we are sanctified through that truth. That implies false teaching (religious error) will not cause us to be "sanctified" (made holy, forgiven). John 8:32 reads "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." So only Bible truth will save us from sin. That implies religious error will cause us to be lost. Yet many run merrily along not checking, not caring what they are being taught (Acts 17:11, Matt 15:14).

Not only must we believe the truth, we must obey the truth. Rom 2:8 shows that those who "do not obey the truth" will receive "indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish" from God. Gal 2:5 and 14 show that the gospel is the truth, and Col 1:5 shows the "truth of the gospel" is found in God’s word. And II Thess 1:8-9 teaches that if we "obey not the gospel" (the truth found in God’s word), God will "in flaming fire taking vengeance" on us and we will be "punished with everlasting destruction." I Pet 1:22 says we purify our souls in "obeying the truth." And yet many say as long as we believe in Jesus, it doesn’t matter if we obey what He said / the truth (Luke 6:46, Heb 5:9, Matt 7:21)?

Yes the truth is "narrow" (Matt 7:14). But if we want to be saved, we must believe and obey the truth, not the doctrines and commandments of men (II John 9, Matt 15:9). If we love and respect Jesus, and appreciate what He has done for us, then we will believe what He said and do what He told us to do.

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