Thursday, November 4, 2010

Seeking The Truth

The news media has lost its reputation of being unbiased and a truthful form of information. Without giving all the facts, the media has fed the public a continual loop of premature stories; baiting us with the failures of celebrities; religious leaders and politicians, spurring fear and hatred with only partial truth. These stories are repeated unmercifully and without reverence, trying the case before court of public opinion.

No wonder there is such discontentment in the world! We are being fed half truths and outright lies. Separated by prejudice and ignorance, we make decisions without all the facts. Follow up is the first step in seeking the truth. We need to be diligent in finding out all the facts, and then make a decision.

The evidence is clear that people get on one band wagon or another and run out to the streets to protest. Most standing on the side of hate or lack of compassion, they hold signs declaring their belief. There are those who will take lives to prove their loyalty to what they believe.

I am deeply disturbed when I see an organization who claims Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior that will protest funerals; hold signs declaring what God hates, or demonizes people of different ethic background or heritage. It tells me that they have been misinformed and need to get their facts straight.

I have cried many tears and prayed long for those who are being led astray in this way. If someone has taught them that they are serving the Lord, then they are following false prophets. We are to be the bearers of the Good News, not the voice of judgment.

Any group of people who feels brave enough to declare what “God Hates” First, of all they are not representing the Lord Jesus Christ. He did not come into the world to judge but to save (John 3:17) and Second, they have to understand God's definition of hate.

We have been taught the word hate to mean: “annihilation and total destruction”, but God's definition of hate is much different, more like: “abhor or detest”. God has a word for annihilation and destruction it is called: Wrath.

Quite a contrast from what we have been taught, but understanding the full council of God in scripture, the meaning becomes clear. God is Holy which means that he can not associate with anything reviling or the disgusting things that sinful people do. “For all have sinned; all fall short of God's glorious standard” (Romans 3:23 NLT). That includes born again Christians. It's only by grace that we stand a chance!

God proved his love for all people when he poured out his wrath on Jesus Christ when he died on the cross. That is the message that should be proclaimed in the streets, not that God hates this group or that.

No longer is God separated from people by sin, because he annihilated the power of sin over us and destroyed the death sentence that all people faced because of sin. That is the truth and the power of the cross, but each person has to make up their own mind, whether or not to accept Jesus Christ.

If you feel the need to stand in the streets and declare truth, how about “Jesus Loves You”; “Jesus is the Way, Truth and Life”

“But as many received him, to them he gave the right to become the children of God, to those who believe in his name.” (John 1:12 NKJV)

If you really want to know what God hates, check out Proverbs 6:16-19

If we try to seek the truth in the world, we will be deeply disappointed. If we try to seek the truth in a religious organization, we will be deeply disappointed. If we try seeking the truth in the Word of God, we will find the truth and the truth will set us free. (John 8:36)

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