GOD'S TRUTH


What is it? And what does this word truth really mean to you? Is it just a word we use when we read and discuss the Word of God? Is it what we personally think that God's Word is saying after five minutes of study? Is everybody's ideas truth if they really believe it to be so? Is truth what most people believe? Is it what your church teaches? Is it what your favorite preacher preaches? Is it what someone wrote in a book? Because if someone has learned so much that they can write a book, it must be true? Is the truth what people have taught for many years? Tens, hundreds even thousands of years? The answer is NO, it is not. So many today think that the truth is impossible to obtain. They think nobody can say that they know something to be true for a fact. They will also say that it is not so important what we believe anyway, and that we should all be able to get along even with our differences. People deceive themselves into thinking that if they believe something strongly enough then that would be truth to them. They think they will be judged according to that truth. But, unfortunately, it does not work that way; the truth is what it is, whether you believe it or not. It does matter what we believe as we will be judged according to God's truth, not something man made up. It can and also should be known. This kind of slack attitude shows one's total disrespect for God and His Word. It also reveals their ignorance towards the things of God.

There is a saying that, “Truth is in the eye of the beholder.” This may sound wise to some but, the fact is that nothing could be further from the truth. For if truth was what each of us saw to be true then there would be truth no more. For truth stands in contrast of that which is false. But how would it do so if there were no false, and all things were true? If this was so, there could be no true or false, no distinction between right and wrong, light and darkness, or good and evil. There would be nothing to clearly mark the path of righteousness. There would be no need for the preacher to preach nor the teacher to teach, if it were so that “Truth is in the eye of the beholder.”

The subject of truth is no doubt one of the most important subjects one could address. There are many other important subjects, we will be looking at divorce in the Bible and family planning. These are very important subjects, but in order to understand those subjects one must first, not so much understand the subject of truth, but one must respect and love the truth. If we do not love, respect, and seek it, then it would make it difficult, if not impossible, to find it. Therefore I suggest that you read and understand these things before you look at the other subjects presented. Please note how the word truth is explained here in the ISBE. The author is quoted in the blue writing:

"In the Bible, the known will of God is final for man as a standard of truth, not as arbitrary but as expressive of God's nature. God's nature is all-comprehensive of fact and goodness, and so is, all and in all, the source, support and objective of all concrete being. The will of God thus reveals, persuades to and achieves the ideals and ends of complete existence. The term “truth” is sometimes, therefore, nearly equivalent to the revealed will of God."

He says that the truth is (nearly) I would say (exactly), the will of God. It is sometimes a bit difficult to understand what some say when they use so many big words etc. Although some may use these fancy words and way of speaking they often are speaking a load of hogwash, like this for instance which was found a little further down the page. The most important parts to take note of are in blue writing.

MORE HOGWASH

"The modern study of religion on an evolutionary hypothesis and the comparative study of religions have contributed to an extensive questioning whether there is any absolute truth in religion, or at least any standards by which truth in religion may be known. Isa 43 and 44 and Paul in Acts 17 and Gal 3 accord with modern findings that there is an element of truth in religions generally, and that God's faithfulness pledges Him to bring the light of fuller truth to all men. This He does through the religion and the testimony of them to whom He has already come with this fuller light. This light is contained in the revealed word of the Old Testament prophets and of the New Testament witnesses to Jesus. In a definite way the Scriptures preserve these standards of religious truth. But always the attitude of the individual, as also of the group, determines the measure of apprehension of the truth and the certainty with which it is held. It is always important to keep in mind that truth in religion is not primarily an intellectualistic affair, to be cognized, but is essentially a voluntaristic experience and a duty to be done for the glory of God in the realization of the complete truth of God. Jesus Christ as the truth of God becomes the standard and test for truth in the religion of men. And this not in any objective and formal way of a series of propositions, to be accepted and contended for, but in the subjective way of experience, in a series of ideals to be realized and propagated. If anyone wishes to do God's will, he shall be able to decide the truth of religious teaching, and the Son who is true will give the freedom of truth." (Joh_7:17; Joh_8:32).

So as we can see in these two sections that I have shown there are the two main points that I wish to look at. 1. People will say that the truth is God's divine will. 2. These same people although they may not openly admit it, (unlike this learned fellow) but they will also at the same time believe that there is no absolute truth. Needless to say I believe that these modern findings he speaks of are, as I said, hogwash. And these are just the inconsistencies that we will be looking at. On one hand people say God's truth is His will which is laid out in His Word which must be obeyed, and on the other hand they say that there is no absolute truth and it is also up to the individual, and/or the group that they are in, to decide what is right. So is the truth God's will or is it ours? It cannot be both. Many may see the truth to be as this fellow sees it. Although he says these things in such a way that a rocket scientist may be confused, I think I might have figured out what he is saying. People speak in this way sometimes because they either like to show themselves to be wise or they don't really know what they are talking about but must sound like they do. They may also know what they are saying is a load of horse manure, so they try to bluff their way through by speaking in such a way that they not only seem to know what they are saying, but also cover the fact that what they are saying is in fact horse manure. The only difference between horse manure and what they say is that horse manure has a use. An education is not necessarily a bad thing (I wish I had one) the only problem is when it goes to your head, which it can do. Some of the disciples were simple fishermen who were not chosen for their knowledge, but for their hearts. Please Read:- And this not in any objective and formal way of a series of propositions, to be accepted and contended for, but in the subjective way of experience, in a series of ideals to be realized and propagated.

I think what he is saying is that truth is not so much a hard set of rules to be accepted and contended for, but it is more so a series of ideals for us to find, and not so much obey but to cause to grow in, a way that is fruitful. Even if I do not understand him correctly, it is a fact that this is how many think, even though some may not openly admit it, even to themselves. Yet they do think, as this seems to say, that there are in fact no hard rules, and there is no real right and wrong. He says that truth is a series of ideals. This to me, seems that he is saying that although there are no hard rules as such, there is a more general type of truth. A truth which is not made up of hard rules of right and wrong. It is more of a general acceptance and adherence to God's ways as a whole. This is done by living up to the standards that God has set for us in his Word. These standards are not commandments as such, but ideals. We as an individual and as a group decide ourselves what these ideals are and their level of importance, etc.
People believe these things in varying degrees. They will say some things are sinful, but mostly they will live and let live. Some people can be closer to the truth than many others. But even these who may respect God's Truth somewhat more will have limits to what they will accept. They will not openly admit this but they will shut the door on certain issues and will not accept the truth and even be aggressively opposed to it. Now we could argue all day and those more learned than I may by fair words perhaps sound better to many people. But one thing many seem to neglect is to take into consideration what the word of God says. Even though they are actually supposed to be discussing and teaching it, yet they seem to not often refer to it, or quote it. I believe this is because they obviously do not understand it, and they do not want to. They will not live up to it, therefore they do not want to look too closely at it. But I do want to look very closely at it. As we will see God's truth is not a series of ideals, truth is not the general goodness that we accept as a whole from God's word. It has absolutely nothing to do with what we as an individual or as a group think. There are commandments for all to obey. There is right and wrong, truth and lies. There are, in fact, many hard rules to be obeyed. God will not take into consideration our personal opinions when he judges us. We will be judged according to the truth, according to what He has said is right, and what He has said is wrong. We will be judged according to the truth from Gods holy word regardless of what we may think it means.
     The truth is God's will, His mind, His intentions. The truth is what God meant when he said something, it is what is true and correct in God's sight. It is not, as many seem to think, open to everyone’s personal interpretations. Sure, the Word of God was given to us to interpret, but not as we wish. It must be rightly divided, in that we must come to the right conclusion, or in other words we must find what God meant when He said what He did, and this is the Truth.

2Ti 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

2Pe 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
2Pe 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

None of the Word of God came by the thoughts of any man. It did not come by the will of man, but it came by the will of God. By holy men who spoke not of themselves, but as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. Even though these words came through the mouth of man, and were written by the hand of man, these words are the words of God. It is His Word and His will for us. He gave us His word so that we may know what He thinks, what He wants us to do, and how He wants us to live. It tells us what God says is right and wrong, what is good and bad, and this is not open for discussion or for us to interpret how we will. God has spoken to us through His Word to make known to us His will and His ways. It is up to us to study to show ourselves approved workmen that need not to be ashamed having rightly divided the Word of truth. Having come to the correct conclusion and therefore the knowledge of the truth. It is then up to us to live in that way which is pleasing to God, the way God has set out in His Word. Should God's will and way for us be however we have interpreted it to be? If this Word has come not by the will of man, but of God so that we might know His will and His ways, then do you really think He would leave the interpretation thereof up to us? What, may I ask, would be the point of giving us an accurate plan of His will if He then allowed us to interpret it, and do, as we would? He made sure that we could find the truth and showed us right from wrong. Do you then think He would allow us to do as we wish? The Word came by holy men of old who spoke and wrote as God told them to, it came not of themselves, but by the Holy Ghost. He has given us this same Spirit that we may rightly divide this Word and come to the knowledge of the Truth which He has so carefully and accurately given us. The Word came by His Spirit and He has given us this same Spirit to understand it.

GOD DESIRES THAT WE KEEP THE TRUTH.

1Ti 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.


Mal 2:6 The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity.
Mal 2:7 For the priest's lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.
Mal 2:8 But ye are departed out of the way; ye have caused many to stumble at the law; ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith the LORD of hosts.
Mal 2:9 Therefore have I also made you contemptible and base before all the people, according as ye have not kept my ways, but have been partial in the law.

THE RIGHTEOUS LOVE IT AND SEEK IT SO SHOULDN'T WE?

3Jo 1:3 For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth
1Co 13:6 (LOVE) Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

In the chapter of love 1 Cor 13 we see that love rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in truth. If we have this love of God in our hearts shouldn't we also not rejoice in iniquity but love the truth? Shouldn't we have nothing to do with what is wrong, to fight against it, but stand up for what is true and right?

1Co 13:7 (LOVE) Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

Then we see in this next verse that love believes all things. This is not speaking of a blind stupid belief in all things, but rather a wise and righteous belief in only what is true. The true love of God will recognize what is false, and what is true, and will of course fight against that which is not of the truth, but will recognize, believe, love, and uphold what is the truth.

Joh 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.

If we love God we will keep his commandments but what are his commandments?

Joh 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

Gods commandments are His will for us written in His word, if we keep His commandments then we keep His word, and His word is truth. We are sanctified by the keeping of his word or his truth. Quite simply if we love God we will keep His commandments, or in other words we will obey the truth. I should not have any arguments with that. David was a great lover of God, His word, and His truth, we can see this by his writings.

Psa 25:5 Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.

Psa 43:3 O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.

Psa 86:11 Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.

Psa 119:30 I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid before me.

SOLOMON THE SON OF DAVID ALSO LOVED THE TRUTH

Pro 8:7 For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips.

We can see all the way through the word of God that those who loved God also loved His truth, this is not hard to see and I am sure that I would not have any argument against it. So shouldn't we love the truth also; if we say that we love God? Shouldn't the truth be of the utmost importance to us as it was to David, who said that he had chosen the way of truth? He wanted to walk in his truth. He cried out to God and asked him to lead him into and teach him the truth? The truth was everything to David and it should be to us also if we truly do love God. To say that we love Jesus is to say that we love the truth for as Jesus said He is the way, the truth, and the life. It is impossible to separate the two for they are one and the same. Jesus is the word and the truth. Is it not a strange thing then that those who say they love Jesus basically say that the truth is unimportant, that it doesn't matter, and suchlike? Sometimes it may not be worth fighting over some things, I do realize this. But often things are important, perhaps more important than we may think. So how is it that we as Bible-believing Christians who suposedly love God can say that the truth doesn't matter and it is unimportant? Where do these widely accepted ideas come from? They surely don't come from the Word of God, that is for sure. After a long hard fight when someone finally sees what I am saying about a subject some will say 'Ah, yes your way sounds good but I will stick to my way'. WAKE UP CHRISTIANS!! There is no such thing as your way, and my way, there is only one way, and that is God's way. If you think that what I say sounds good then why will you not consider that perhaps it is right and true and if so, then abandon your thoughts and grasp hold of the truth. Why don't people who say that they love God grab hold of the truth when it is presented to them? Why is it so that they are totally uninterested in it? And not only uninterested but often angrily oppose it, especially when it concerns some touchy subjects. If we loved God then we would love his truth and we would not settle for anything less, we would also know that what we had was not true and would rejoice when someone presented the truth to us. We would then gladly leave our old ideas and receive the truth and begin teaching it instead. But why doesn't this happen? Well for a start most have no idea what the truth really is and what is involved in obtaining it. They do not truly love God and therefore they do not truly love the truth either. They come to the wrong conclusion when looking into something because they are not close enough to God and do not take enough care whilst looking. After they come to the wrong conclusion they begin to teach these faulty ideas, and then they are reluctant to see that they could be wrong, due to pride. And even if you are able to convince them somewhat of the truth they will commend (your ideas) but that is what they will remain to be (your ideas). They will still not see that this is truth and are in no way tempted to leave their own ideas to lay hold of this truth. This displays their total lack of love for God and his truth, so it is this lack of love for God and their pride which holds them back from accepting the truth. They will not admit this, but they are not able bring themselves to say that they were wrong to you and to all those that they have taught these faulty ideas. I can understand that this would be difficult but nevertheless it is of course totally necessary if we want to continue to serve God, there is in fact no point at all in them continuing their ministry unless they can turn from the way in which they were going and admit their fault.

Tit 1:1 Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness.

If we say that we are godly then we should be able to acknowledge the truth. We should be able to say I was wrong, but now I can see, and will accept the truth. The fact that people find themselves in the wrong is because of their own lack of love, respect, and care, for God and his word. If we really love God then we would listen to what he says and obey him, wouldn't we? We would not deliberately ignore what he says to us, would we? 'Of course not!' we will say. Yet it seems that for the most part the Christians of today do exactly that, they will ignore even straight out commands in God's Word, though they will never admit it. Many would say, 'How dare he suggest such a thing?' Well look at this next verse.

2Th 3:6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.

Most people would not agree with my decision to withdraw myself from those that walk disorderly. This is no doubt due to the fact that they do not want to be seen as someone who is walking disorderly. They say that there is no reason to stop fellowship with someone, and they will try to make me feel bad and heartless for doing so. They will say "I would never do that" which I have heard many times. But it seems strange that nobody including Pastors, have heard of this verse. But of course they have, they simply do not wish to acknowledge it, but rather choose to ignore it. And when you point this verse out to them they will still not acknowledge it, but will as I said simply say that they would never do such a thing, and there is no reason to stop fellowship with someone. But one must ask, how is it that they, as so-called Christians, who apparently love God, can read or hear this outright command of God written in his Holy Word, then simply ignore it completely? furthermore they even have the audacity to accuse me of wrong doing because I do obey it!

Jesus said:- Mar 10:11-12 And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her. And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.

These also are mostly ignored verses, even an ignored subject. And if someone was to mention these things he would be off the payroll straight away, with all the elders breathing down his neck. There are things which should simply not be said, subjects not to be looked at, scriptures not to be read, or we would we be in trouble. Is this the love of God? Shouldn't all the Word of God be good?

2Ti 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

These are the words of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ yet His people do not wish to hear them, and even become very angry with the people who quote them. Why do we have to hide and be ashamed of some parts of the Word of God which we apparently love, yet cannot share? These are only a couple of examples. There are other important subjects which people do not wish to speak of at all. Or they only wish to partially accept the truth, being not really interested in the whole truth. They only accept as much as they want to, because the full truth would force them to make changes to their own lives which they do not wish to make. Also it would as I said require that they should admit that they were teaching things that were untrue. Either way many people today do not see the truth as important and do not wish to discuss, or accept the truth.

1Jo 4:6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

This is how we can know if someone truly loves and serves God. If they do they will listen and accept the truth, if they do not then they are in error. It is as simple as that.

WE CAN KNOW IT

Psa 51:6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

I know that most of course would have read these verses, but this does not mean that it is not worth reading them again. God's Word will always have something new for us to learn and by reading these things over again it also puts our minds into gear and helps us to understand the things that are being discussed. This may then cause us to see things in a different light. For those who truly believe that it is a waste of time to read these things again, I can assure you that with this kind of attitude you may never come to the knowledge of the truth.

Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Joh 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
Joh 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
Joh 14:17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

Joh 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

Joh 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
Joh 16:14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

People say that it is too hard to find this truth and that nobody really can know anything for sure. This kind of thought as it seems is very common, (unfortunately). Yet people tend to ignore what the Word has to say about these things. It is quite plainly stated here that it is very possible to find this truth, in fact there is no excuse for not finding it. If we love God then we will keep His commandments. How do we do that? By keeping His Word, and His word is truth, how will we understand his commandments, his word, and his truth? By the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth who will abide with us forever, and He will lead us into all truth. Jesus said that those in the world cannot see or receive of the Spirit because they know him not. But those who call themselves Christians should know him as He is supposed to dwell in us, and lead us into all truth. So should Christians say that there are many things that we cannot understand? Should you then question how it is that I can say that these things are true? If you really believe that there are things that we cannot know then you don't just call me a liar, but you also call God a liar as well. You say that these words of Jesus are not true. I am aware that I don't know all truth, I never said that I did, there are many things that I still do not know, and there always will be. There is much more that I don't know, than what I do know. But I am sure that what I do say, is the truth. I will not say something unless I know it is true, this is where many fail. I also know that what I do not know, can be known, because Jesus said so. If we believe and look hard enough we can find the truth because Jesus said so.

Psa 131:1 LORD, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me.

We should not feel that we must always have an answer for everything. Some seem to think that they must or else they will look silly, but here we see that David himself, a wise man of God, was wise enough to realize that he should not speak of things that he did not understand. This is where many go wrong because they are too proud to admit that they do not know the answer and so feel pressured into coming up with an answer quickly and therefore they come to the wrong conclusions. If you are not 100% sure then don't say anything or at least don't pretend to fully understand what you are saying.

Joh 7:17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.

We know that if we do His will then He will help us to know more of His will and as Jesus said we shall know if the doctrine we hear is of God or not. For if God can trust us with a little then he will trust us with more. And if we do God's will and obey him in the things that we have learned to be right and true then we will have gained some wisdom to help us learn the more. We may also learn from this verse that there is a doctrine which is of God and there is a doctrine which is spoken of one's self, or the doctrine of man. Not everything that we hear is right, these days I can say that much of what we hear is not right. So please note that there is a doctrine which is of God, as well as a doctrine which is of man, and we need to know the difference between the two. But unfortunately many do not really see the difference and do not see the importance of the matter either. With this attitude one will never really experience the joy that comes with the knowledge of the truth and will lead a blind, fruitless and sinful life.

Joh 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
Joh 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Once again we are told that if we continue in his word then we can and will know the truth and this truth, (which most do not know or care for), will make us free. If we do not find the truth then how can we expect to be truly made free?

Joh 18:37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.

So many belittle the importance of the truth, yet here Jesus says that the reason he came into this world was to bear witness to this truth. We may also see from this verse and others to come that it is only those that are of the truth, and they that do his will, who will hear his voice and know the truth. Which unfortunately explains why many do not hear, and that is because they do not do his will. They are not interested in his truth and so do not recognize the truth when it is presented to them, and in fact often angrily oppose it. Also once again this proves that the general belief of the truth being somehow unobtainable, is totally false.

Joh 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:

1Jo 2:27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

1Jo 2:20 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.
1Jo 2:21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.

Mat 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
Mat 7:8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Nowhere in the word of God is there any proof, not one word to say that the truth cannot be found, and does not need to be obeyed. Yet this is what most believe.

Mar 12:14 And when they were come, they say unto him, Master, we know that thou art true, and carest for no man: for thou regardest not the person of men, but teachest the way of God in truth: Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not?

Here we see the testimony of Jesus, those who wanted to bring Him down also knew that Jesus cared not what people thought, but taught the truth no matter the cost. This should be an example for us that we might do the same also. It doesn't matter what people think, we should find the truth and preach it. The truth is not what people will accept, it is what it is, (the truth of God).

2Co 4:1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;
2Co 4:2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.
2Co 4:3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
2Co 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
2Co 4:5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.
2Co 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Paul says here that the Word of God should not be handled dishonestly or deceitfully but by manifestation of the truth. Which would suggest to me that it can be handled deceitfully and dishonestly and not truthfully, which is largely the case today. How is this Word dishonestly handled? It is done by teaching things which are not correct. Sometimes people know that what they are saying is untrue yet they say it anyway because it gains the approval others. Or they are not sure what they are saying is true, but they have to look like they know what they are talking about. It may also be done when you discover that something you have been teaching was wrong, yet you continue to teach it anyway. People are often too proud to go back on what they have been teaching because they cannot bear the thought of having to openly admit their faults. Either way the truth is very often mishandled today.

1Ti 1:5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:
1Ti 1:6 From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling;
1Ti 1:7 Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.
Eph 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
Eph 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

GOD'S WORD IS LIKE A MAP

The Bible (God's Word) is like a road map. We cannot read and interpret it as we see fit, otherwise we would get lost. The reason someone makes a map is that people may follow it so that they don't get lost. They draw the map according to the area which they cover in the map. If there are roads then they are drawn in the position where they actually exist. They will be named by their actual names. Hills, valleys, rivers etc, will all be added to the map as they actually are. Man may make mistakes whilst making a map because we are not perfect, but God is. Gods map, (the Word), is perfect, and we have his Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth. A man-made map is made according to the existence of the things drawn on the map, and so is God's. The map has to show a true picture of the area or there is no point in having it. So a map is made according to the existence of the streets and roads etc drawn on the map, you can not change this fact. If you were to use a map to direct yourself from one place to another, you could not decide to interpret it in any other way than how it was intended to be read. The fact is that the streets on the map exist and if you don't follow the map as it is written then you will not arrive at your destination. You can not head South to arrive at your destination in the West. You could find where you are going on the map, cut that piece out and glue it next to where you live on the map. But the fact remains that although your personalized map may show your destination at your front doorstep; you will still have to get in your car and drive to where you want to go, because the fact remains that your destination is not at your doorstep, even if your map says so. Your interpretation of the map will not alter how the streets, towns and cities are actually positioned. You may read the map however you decide but it doesn't change the facts. God's Word works exactly the same. When God says something He does not leave this open to individual interpretation. It doesn't matter how you interpret God's Word it doesn't alter the truth, it doesn't change what God meant, when He spoke. You would have more chance of changing a streets' direction and name and to change the landscape by adding and taking rivers and mountains than you would have of changing God's Word.

Mat 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

We can not interpret a map as we see fit or we will never get to where we are going. God's map was not drawn up for us to interpret as we see fit either. God has shown us right and wrong and we are to walk in the straight and narrow. We can not change God's Word any more than we could change the landscape. God's Word is written for us to follow as he intended. You may say that it is not that simple, well actually it is. We as parents do not give our children specific instructions and then leave them open for interpretation, or at least we shouldn't and neither does God the Father. He has given us his Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth even if at times it may be hard to find. There are no excuses, and the fact is that his children (as children do) simply decide not to obey and so come up with all sorts of excuses. God the Father has given us instructions in His Holy Word that he expects us to follow. When God speaks he means one thing and it is up to us to find out what that is and then to obey it. To interpret his Word to mean something other than what God has intended does not change what God had in mind when he spoke.

2Co 13:8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.
Psa 117:2 For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD.

THE DICTIONARY DEFINITION OF TRUTH.

Let's look at the meaning of this word 'truth' one by one as the meanings are listed in the dictionary. They are numbered 1-4 and are written in red.

1. The quality of being true, actual, or factual.
The truth is fact, just as it is a fact that those places named on the map actually exist in that particular geographical location. So too, God's truth is fact. If something is a fact then it is also true, there is no changing this. You cannot change the facts and you cannot change God's truth.

2. Something that is true as opposed to false, or right instead of wrong.
Because of these things there is only one correct interpretation of God's Word. God meant something when he spoke and what he meant is the truth. To come to a different conclusion and to believe something other than what God intended, cannot be the truth but has to be wrong and false. It is wrong as opposed to what is right or what is (the truth). Different matters will of course vary in importance. Nevertheless something is either true, or it is not; it is either right, or it is wrong. Something may be partly true and partly false, but the part that is true is still true and the part that is false, is still, and always will be, false. Therefore there is only one truth.

3. A proven or verified fact.
As we have discussed, what God meant when He spoke is both fact and truth.

4. Accuracy as in the setting, adjustment or position of something, such as a mechanical instrument.
If an instrument is perfectly accurate then it is considered to be true, just as our interpretation of the scriptures can only be true if they are accurate.

Joh 18:37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.
Joh 18:38 Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.

Jesus said that He came into this world to bear witness to the truth and that those who are of the truth will hear his voice. There is not a so-called Christian on the face of the earth who would outright disagree with these words, but would of a surety say that no truer words were ever spoken. They will say that Jesus is Lord, what He says we will do, where He sends we will go. They will affirm that they are of the truth and that they have the utmost respect for Jesus and His words. But do they? When Jesus said these things to Pilate he replied, "what is truth?", not having enough respect for the truth. He did however desire to set Jesus free as he found no fault in Him. Since he was not able to do so he washed his hands of the decision to crucify him. So the Jewish people willingly took His blood upon their head and were guilty of the greater sin. These people who were supposed to know God and His truth had even less respect than Pilate did for the truth. Pilate had known there was no fault in Him and feared that He might have been of God. Yet they who said they loved God did crucify Him. An unbeliever having more respect for Him than those who were supposed to know God. There was nothing new about this situation at all. Jeremiah speaks of the same problem in his days, and unfortunately it is the same today. You may not agree, but many people did not agree with Jeremiah or Jesus either. You say maybe others were like this but not me. Let's put you to the test and ask as Pilate did. What is truth? What is it to you, who say that you love God? I hope you do, but let's see. Firstly, what is truth? It is said that truth is in the eye of the beholder, which means that truth is what it seems to be to the person whose eyes are doing the beholding. Therefore this truth would be whatever someone sees it to be. If ten people saw this truth and saw it in ten different ways then this truth would be ten different truths. What it would be would depend on whose eyes were doing the beholding. And all the Christians would say nay, but the truth is what it is. But do we really believe this, or do we just say it? It is a strange thing that although people will agree there is only one truth, yet they will often allow different ideas to be accepted. "Oh, I believe this is true, but if you believe that, then that's okay too". "We are all entitled to our own belief, and we are all different," they will say. Now there are some things that don't matter so much and may not be worth fighting over, however many would fight over those small matters but at the same time ignore the more important matters. Now if we really have respect and love for God and His truth we would recognize important matters that need the truth to be found and obeyed. But it seems that if one is to have this respect and love for God and the truth, he or she is put down as a troublemaker who won't get along with everyone else by agreeing with them. People who have different interpretations of certain important matters will still be happy to get along, even holding hands and praying with each other in agreement, (somehow). A lot of people would be disgusted with me for not approving of this, I would be accused of  having no love or understanding (which I have been accused of). But to simply agree with everyone else is not the love of God, nor does it reflect the love of the truth. I am disgusted with them, and I would rather be that troublemaker and be sincere about my love for the truth than to be friends with others who have no idea what truth is. People of God have died for the truth but we are happy to get everyone's ideas and screw them up into one big ball and call it the truth. Is this you? We should not just agree and get along for the sake of peace. God wants us to stand up and fight for the truth. But before we can fight for it, we must know it, and most don't because although they don't realize it they don't have enough respect and love for it, being too busy agreeing with everyone to notice that they don't have an idea what truth is. We must love it and seek it with all our hearts until we find it, and then treasure it above all. Its value is far greater than all the valuables in this world. But unfortunately today it is very hard to find this treasure. It would have been more readily available in times past when there were those who valued it. But these days nobody cares, even though they say they do. If you really love the truth you will not settle for anything less.

Psa 96:13 He cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.

God will judge us with righteousness and according to His truth. If we truly believe what Gods word says then it would make the truth of the utmost importance, since one mistake could spell eternal death. Do we really have respect for the truth and for God? Why do people say that this idea is okay? And that idea as well? 'It doesn't matter,' they say, and sure sometimes it might not, but mostly it does. Whilst speaking of important subjects Christians speak so lightly of what the Word says. Don't you realize that we are speaking of eternal life and death? Christians are so careless about it all. Let's get serious with the Word of God. It does matter what we and others believe. We will one day be judged for our actions. You should also realize that God will hold you accountable for those in hell who received any bad advice you may have given them? There is only one truth, when God says something He doesn't say it for all to interpret as they wish. He gave His Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth so that we might know, and be obedient to the truth. Don't fool yourself, we will all be judged according to the truth and those who do not obey it will go to hell.

Rom 2:8 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,

These things I say, I do not say them lightly. I did not just think "Oh, this sounds about right." No, I have fasted and prayed and studied for years (for some things) to come to these conclusions. I do not want anything else but the truth. Nothing else is good enough. There is no point in saying anything but the truth. So if you read this and think it sounds good, and it lines up with the scriptures, that's because it is right, it is true, and that is why it lines up with the scriptures. I will not write anything down and tell others something, unless I know it is true. I will be held accountable for my teaching, just as you will. I will keep looking until I have found the truth and will not settle for less. But, unfortunately this is where people go astray. You can hardly find a book that is worth reading today besides your Bible, because there is no truth. The authors of these books have not whole-heartedly given themselves to find the truth. They look for awhile and then write what sounds good, or what suits them without looking deep enough. The truth is there for all who desire it enough. But it takes a true love for the truth and usually a lot of hard work to find it. Don't settle for anything less. I have been at odds with everyone I know on different subjects for years. I was told by my pastor (concerning divorce and remarriage) that it doesn't matter if you don't agree on details as long as we all agree divorce and remarriage is sinful. But it did matter, because their ideas allowed sin, and only the truth shall set you free. Other ideas will be disproved and therefore will not be as effective as the truth. Also what kind of love is this, that it doesn't matter if it is the truth or not? This is the reason why many are ever learning but not able to come to the knowledge of the truth, because they do not care for it.

2Ti 3:7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Before we set out to study something our aim should not be to make a name for ourselves or any other reason except to find the truth. If we all have this attitude we would have a lot less useless books full of rubbish on our Christian bookshelves. I find it hard to understand why many are not terribly concerned whether what they say is really the truth, because there is no point in having anything less than the truth. But to settle for less than the truth is not a perfect love and dangerous at best. I have been told that divorce and remarriage is not even a salvation issue and I am sure that there are many who will agree, (unfortunately). What a lack of respect and love for the words of the Lord Jesus Christ. How dare you say that you are a Christian if you believe this? It is not me but the Lord Jesus, our Lord and Savior who said it? And it is written in the Word of God for all to see that whosoever puts away his wife and marries another commits adultery. And whoever marries her does as well. What does this mean if it doesn't mean what it says? Are we so far from God that we don't consider adultery a salvation issue? Shame on you if you think so. And shame on those pastors who teach so. How dare you speak of God when your heart is so far from Him and your life full of sin? Yes, I say full of sin. How else would it be with such a lack of respect for God's word? If we don't love God's truth and rejoice in it, then we can't say we truly love God, or fear Him for that matter. So do we, as so-called Christians really listen to what Jesus says? Do we have respect for His words as truth? Then why won't people listen to these words? They are His words just as the other words we gladly accept. You say these words are too deep and it is impossible to have a clear understanding of these things, so we best not judge, as it is too hard to understand. But don't we care to try to understand and to find all the truth, because adultery is sinful? Well, here it is, and you did not have to work for it. But I sure did, and it was worth it. Even though I don't really have anyone to back me up, it is worth all the pain and suffering and persecution I have endured over the years. It would be nice to be able to share the things that I have found with others and to have true fellowship and friendship with someone other than my wife and children. Nevertheless I rejoice in the fact that I have found the truth, even though few may believe it. Thank you Jesus my only true friend (and yours), and the only one that I truly need. I hope that you do truly love God and see this as the truth that it is, and rejoice in it as I do. If you are guilty of sin I hope that you can recognize this and repent. Though this may bring about a time of sorrow it is a godly sorrow which then turns into gladness. The truth is too important to be careless with. So won't you love and receive it too?

1Ti 3:15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

Paul says that there is a way in which we ought to behave in the house of God which is the church of the living God, and we as the church of the living God are that pillar and ground of the truth. What does this mean? It means that just as a building rests its weight upon a pillar and relies upon it to enable it to stand, so should we as the church be the pillar and ground, the support that upholds the truth, in this world. Of course God can do this by Himself; nevertheless He has ordained that this be so. It is our job to uphold the truth in this sinful world, yet there is as much sin in the church as there is in the world. God's people do not care for the truth, they do not know what truth is, and they do not want to know. God has called us to uphold this truth yet His people do not wish to hear it. They become angry when it is presented to them and do not see that it is necessary or even possible to find it. You may say, "Well we uphold the basic truth that Jesus came and gave His life for us," etc. But, is that all there is to God's truth? You may say you uphold these basic things and other things are more difficult to understand and we should not fight over them, and if we do fight as I am now, then I am counted along with any others as trouble makers. They say that I am in the wrong because I will not get along with the others. There is a lot more to the truth than most seem to think, and God has given us the job of upholding the truth in this world. So shouldn't we at least be interested in it? But God's people do not hold the truth in high esteem, they have no respect for it at all, let alone do they love it. For if they loved it then they would do anything to find it, they would recognize it if they heard it, and would with joy receive it. But how can they love it if they will accept anything, and rebuke those who will not? And if you do not love the truth then how can you love God? Your love for God may be measured by your love for the truth, for they are one and the same. So do you really love and uphold the truth? If you say you do then ask yourself: what is your reaction when something from God's Word is presented to you to consider? Do you think it is important, or not? Does it at least interest you, or do you consider it to be a waste of time and become annoyed, or even angry?

Jer 9:3 And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me, saith the LORD.

WHAT WE ARE EXPECTED TO DO WITH THE TRUTH.

2Ti 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

We should rightly divide the word of truth so that we might have no need to be ashamed, which means that there will be those who will be ashamed. If it is true that it doesn't matter so much if we get it wrong here and there, then why will there be those who will be ashamed? Some may say that it still doesn't necessarily mean that it is that important, maybe we will just get a slap on the wrist? One time I was discussing the Onan incident in Gen 38 with someone, we were talking about how what Onan did displeased the Lord and as the word says, "wherefore He slew him". The person I was speaking to said that it was not necessarily such a bad thing that he did, as it merely displeased the Lord. But I would like to point out that it says God killed him for this displeasure, as it says wherefore, or for this reason, God killed him. Furthermore God says elsewhere in His word that other things have displeased Him with a similar result, namely the death of the person or persons who had displeased Him. This just goes to show what disrespect we have for the things of God if we can say that it is not so important if we only displease God. Do not think that God will not care too much when we have led others down the wrong road. So important is God's Word, that we are warned not to add or take anything to, or from His Word. This does not only apply if you have decided to write your own version of the Bible. If we are to preach or teach anything that in any way takes from, or adds to, His Word contrary to the truth, then we will be held accountable, and we will be punished accordingly. The truth is not ours, it is God's, and we are called to teach only the truth.

Rev 22:18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
Rev 22:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
Rev 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

These things not only count for the book of Revelation, but all the words of God. Let's take the responsibility of handling the Word of God seriously because we will all be held accountable one day when we are judged by the truth, and not our own theories. At this time there will be no debate, if you are wrong, then you are wrong. There will be no excuses, and you will have to suffer the consequences.

HERETICS

If the truth is not so important then why does the Word speak of heretics? What is an heretic? An heretic is basically someone who teaches things that are contrary to the truth, which would include most of the Church today. This is what the Word has to say about an heretic.

Tit 3:9 But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.
Tit 3:10 A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject;
Tit 3:11 Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.

There are silly things which people fight over for no reason. This I know, but the problem is that people are so careless that they do not recognize or care about what is important. As we can see from these verses that Paul does not mess around when it comes to the truth, he says that a heretic is only to receive one or two warnings and then he is to be rejected. We are to know that such a person is subverted or that he has perverted the truth, and he sins being condemned of himself. Sounds kind of serious doesn't it? He is only given at the most two chances and then he is to be rejected, it is said that he is a sinner and condemned of himself, therefore if he doesn't repent he is condemned to hell.

1Co 11:19 For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.

Yes there must be heresies among us, but this does not make it all right. They are there so that those which are approved may be manifest, nevertheless it is sinful and the sinners will be punished.

Gal 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
Gal 5:20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
Gal 5:21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

Heresies are a work of the flesh named along with all the other works of the flesh and those that are guilty of bringing them will not inherit the kingdom of God. Sound serious enough now?

2Pe 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in Damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
2Pe 2:2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
2Pe 2:3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
2Pe 2:4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
2Pe 2:5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;
2Pe 2:6 And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;
2Pe 2:7 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:
2Pe 2:8 (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds);
2Pe 2:9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:
2Pe 2:10 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.
2Pe 2:11 Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord.
2Pe 2:12 But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;
2Pe 2:13 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you;
2Pe 2:14 Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:
2Pe 2:15 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;
2Pe 2:16 But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man's voice forbad the madness of the prophet.
2Pe 2:17 These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.
2Pe 2:18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.
2Pe 2:19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.
2Pe 2:20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
2Pe 2:21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
2Pe 2:22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

Unfortunately, this aptly describes the church of today, and also it's impending doom.

EXAMPLES OF HERESIES

2Ti 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
2Ti 2:16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
2Ti 2:17 And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;
2Ti 2:18 Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.
2Ti 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

Here in Timothy we see a situation that many would consider rather unimportant, as they do find other things of much greater importance, to be not worth arguing over. People think that such things as divorce and remarriage and family planning are not important. They are thought to be non-salvation issues, even though one is adultery and the other murder. But here we have two fellows who were teaching that the resurrection was passed. There are many different views on when and how this resurrection will take place and most would say it doesn't matter what we believe as long as we are ready when the time comes. But what does the apostle Paul say? Does he say that it doesn't matter? No! In fact he severely reprimands them. We do not know what happened to Philetus but there is the mention of a certain Hymenaus again in the following verses.
1Ti 1:18 This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before of thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare;
1Ti 1:19 Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:
1Ti 1:20 Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.

Not only did he reprimand this Hymenaeus but now he says that he has delivered him to Satan along with another named Alexander that they may learn not to blaspheme. Then we see that the apostle Paul dedicated a whole chapter (1st Cor 15) to this subject of the resurrection of the dead.

1Co 15:12 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?
1Co 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
1Co 15:34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.

Paul says that those who followed these ideas should realize that they have corrupted their good manners. Also they ought to awake to righteousness and not to sin, because they had not the knowledge of God. So we can see that Paul did not take these things lightly at all, and therefore I do not wish to make light of them either. (Now) you may say that it is important, just because Paul says so, and because now we have no other choice but to agree with him. But I will bet that if I alone had said that it was important and not Paul, then nobody would agree with me, and I would be accused of making a big deal out of nothing. The fact is that there are many more important subjects to discuss, yet even they are considered to be unimportant by those who as Paul said ought to awake to righteousness and sin not, for you do not have the knowledge of God, and I speak this to your shame as well. Not only do these not have the knowledge of God but openly admit that to them it is unimportant; and that unashamedly, in fact they try to make me feel ashamed instead. So how is it that Paul can be so tough in upholding the truth on a seemingly small matter, and yet we are not interested in the fact that God's people think nothing of adultery and murder just to name two of the huge sins that many allow. If Paul takes these things so seriously that he turns some over to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme, then how is it that the Christians of today do not care about anything? Why is it so that the Christian will defend basically nothing (nothing of any real importance anyway) but would accept any wrong and sinful beliefs?


THE SIN OF NOT SEEKING LOVING AND OBEYING

Jam 5:19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him;
Jam 5:20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

If, as people say, the truth is what each of us thinks it to be, and that it is unimportant, then why is it said that one can err from the truth? It also says that he is a Sinner, and that he is headed to death.

Gal 3:1 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?

It is a fool who does not obey or appreciate the truth for which Jesus was crucified. The rest of these verses speak for themselves. Please do take the time to read them even if you have read them before, it is very important that people do so to understand what I am saying.

2Ti 2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
2Ti 2:26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

Rom 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

Rom 2:8 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,
Rom 2:9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;



HOW WE AUGHT TO RECEIVE THE TRUTH

Jam 3:14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
Jam 3:15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
Jam 3:16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
Jam 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
Jam 3:18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

It is said that if we have bitter envying and strife in our hearts then we ought not to glory, or that we should not think and behave as if we have anything to glory in. We should not feel that we have any righteousness, as it would be considered that we lie against the truth. We would be considered dishonest. This is a place where most Christians live today, in a state of dishonesty. Not just because they may have bitter envying and strife in their hearts, but they also lie against the truth because they do not know it, nor are they even interested in it. They pretend to be which makes them liars and hypocrites, because in their hearts they know that they are far from God. You will also notice that the wisdom that is from above is also easy to be entreated which means that one is able to comfortably share the truth with them. If we love God and the truth then we would be open, honest, and be able to receive the truth willingly. I have discovered that this kind of person is extremely difficult to find.

1Jo 1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
Jo 2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
1Jo 2:4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
1Jo 2:5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
1Jo 2:6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

If you do not walk as He walked, yet say that you have fellowship with God and say that you love Him, His Truth, and know and keep His commandments, then you are a liar, and a hypocrite. You say you love God yet you do not find His words important, as you think we can interpret them as we wish or simply ignore them altogether. You, for this lack of love and care, do not know His commandments, and then of course do not keep them either, yet people say that they do, which makes them liars and hypocrites.

IN THE END TIMES THOSE THAT REJECT THE TRUTH WILL BE PUNISHED  .

2Th 1:7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
2Th 1:8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
2Th 1:9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.


When Jesus returns one day He will come back with his mighty angels, in flaming fire he shall take vengeance on them that know not God, nor obey his gospel. They will be punished with everlasting destruction as the word of God says. These verses may not mention the word Truth but it does mention obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ which is the same thing, and those who do not obey His Word shall be punished with everlasting destruction. Don't think that this can not include you personally. Do you really think that God will make an exception just for you? There are no exceptions, as God is impartial. He is not going to cut you some slack because you think that something is a small matter or that you simply did not understand or perhaps you think you will get special treatment in this case because you have done some good things and have some extra points with God. Although God may remember the good that we have done, it in no way allows us to get away unpunished for our sins. We must as everyone else, genuinely repent, and turn from our sins to be forgiven.


IN THE END TIMES CHRISTIANS WILL TURN FROM GOD AND REJECT THE TRUTH.

2Th 2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
2Th 2:2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
2Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

Believe it or not there is said to be a time of a great falling away. Christians will fall from grace on a large scale, and they already have. Many as it seems somehow think that there will be a great and powerful church in the last days, though there be no scriptural evidence to support this claim. Furthermore I believe that we are living in those days of a great falling away right now. The church can be full of people who even exercise the gifts of the spirit but this doesn't mean that they are saved. The Christians heart today is far from God, and they angrily reject the truth.

Verses continued from above:-
2Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
2Th 2:5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
2Th 2:6 And now ye know what with holdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
2Th 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
2Th 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
2Th 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
2Th 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
2Th 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
2Th 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
2Th 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
2Th 2:14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2Th 2:15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.

"Stand fast, and hold the traditions you have been taught by word of mouth" (says Paul) or by the letters he had sent them. To us who have not heard Paul speak we still have his letters and the rest of the word of God. We are not to follow the sayings of every Tom, Dick and Harry, but we are to follow what Paul has taught us along with all the other writings in the Word. It is all too clear from these verses, and many others, that we can, and should follow this truth in the word of God. If not we will be judged accordingly, which is severe punishment. Those who believe the truth will be sanctified of the spirit and will inherit eternal life but to those who obey not this truth will go to hell unless they repent.

MORE ON THE BACKSLIDDEN CHURCH.

2Ti 4:1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
2Ti 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
2Ti 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
2Ti 4:4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

Mat 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
Mat 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life,and few there be that find it.
Mat 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Mat 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
Mat 7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
Mat 7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Mat 7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
Mat 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
Mat 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Mat 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
Mat 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Mat 7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
Mat 7:25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
Mat 7:26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
Mat 7:27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.


 THIS BACKSLIDDEN CHURCH WILL NOT RECEIVE THE TRUTH.

Joh 8:37 I know that ye are Abraham's seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.
Joh 8:38 I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.
Joh 8:39 They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham.
Joh 8:40 But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.

Though we are not Jewish, we can say that this is the exact situation that we are looking at now. The Pharisees were saying that they were the children of Abraham, and also the children of God. Jesus said he knew that they were the children of Abraham but at the same time they were not. He said that they were seeking to kill Him for telling them the truth, which Abraham would not do. They were doing this, He said, because His Word had no place in them. You say that you are the children of God; and although you may not be trying to kill me, I have been treated badly, and I have nowhere to fellowship, all because I tell you the truth. If you really were the children of God you would not reject the truth and those who speak it. Even though they were the children of Abraham according to the flesh yet they were not according to the spirit and were therefore not the children of God. They were born amongst the chosen people of God. They studied and taught the law. Their whole life was lived thinking and speaking and teaching about God. Yet they did not know him, and were not counted as his children. So many think that because their lives are lived in a similar fashion, reading and teaching God's word, going to church, praying etc. and they think that because they have people who accept them as Christians, that they are the children of God. They think that they could not possibly be as these Pharisees. Well, let me tell you something, if you do not see these things as truth, then you are the same. If we cannot accept the truth, then as Jesus said, "His Word is not in you."

Joh 8:41 Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, we be not born of fornication; we have one father, even God.
Joh 8:42 Jesus said unto them, if God were your father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.
Joh 8:43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.
Joh 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
Joh 8:45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.
Joh 8:46 Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?
Joh 8:47 He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.

If you were of God, then you would love me too. I do not say that I am Jesus, but anyone who brings the truth is a brother and should be loved. Yet basically I do not have any friends. If you were the children of God you would be my friend, and support, and encourage me, not fight against me. I do not say these things of my own, but it is the truth of God and so I should be accepted.

1Pe 1:22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently.

3Jo 1:8 We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellow helpers to the truth.
If someone does not see and accept the truth it is not OK ! No. If we love Jesus and His Word, and if we are the children of God, then we would recognize the truth for what it is. We would reject all else and teach and obey only this truth, even if we had to repent and turn from what we were doing. I do not say these things alone. These are the words of God, not my words. These Pharisees did not want to accept these things any more than you may, yet these things are true. Jesus then says that they were of their father the devil and that they would do as he did; he was a liar and a murderer from the beginning. You may say that I speak too hard, and that you could not possibly be considered a child of the devil. These Pharisees also thought that they knew God, but they did not. Even though they basically lived their lives serving God (in a way) yet they did not know Him. Even if you went to church seven days a week, prayed, studied, and preached all day and all night, it would still not make you a child of God, or give you a place in heaven. We will all say that we know these things yet at the same time many do not truly understand. It is not the hearers or even the preachers of the word, but those who do His will, those who keep His commandments, those who find the truth and keep it. I can say as Jesus did, that I am speaking the truth also. I am only repeating the words of Jesus who is the Truth. Yet you do not believe me or receive this word, and who can prove that these things I say are untrue? And if you cannot, then as Jesus said, "if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me"? And the answer to this is "He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God". Also, if you reject me and what I say, you do not reject me, but as it is said, you reject God and His Word.

1Jo 4:6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
1Ti 6:3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;
1Ti 6:4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strife's of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmising's,
1Ti 6:5 Perverse disputing's of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.

2Ti 2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
2Ti 2:26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

2Ti 3:7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
2Ti 3:8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.

AS I SAID AND AS THE WORD SAYS THE CHURCH WILL FALL JUST AS ISRAEL DID, AND THESE WORDS GOD SPOKE OF THEM APPLY, AND ACCURATELY DESCRIBE NOT ONLY ISRAEL'S STATE BUT OURS ALSO.

Isa 48:1 Hear ye this, O house of Jacob, which are called by the name of Israel, and are come forth out of the waters of Judah, which swear by the name of the LORD, and make mention of the God of Israel, but not in truth, nor in righteousness.

Isa 59:4 None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.

Isa 59:14 And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.
Isa 59:15 Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment.

God has not changed; He never does. We do. God was displeased with Israel because as he said none called for justice, and there was no judgment. Why? Because truth is fallen in the street, none cared for it anymore. Those that did seek and obey it, those that did depart from evil, became prey to those who opposed it, just as it is today. These things displeased the Lord then, and they displease Him now. And when God is displeased there is literally hell to pay.

Hos 4:1 Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.

Hos 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

AS IN THE DAYS OF JEREMIAH

The story and the situation that Gods people were in at this time aptly describes the current situation that we find the church in at this present day. God sent Jeremiah to tell his people of the truth, and to reprove them for their evil ways. He was given the overwhelming task of repairing, or building and planting of a better nation for God. But first he had to destroy the old, before he could build the new.

Jer 1:5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
Jer 1:10 See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over
the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy,
and to throw down, to build, and to plant.

Jeremiah was not the only person that God had sent.

Jer 35:15 I have sent also unto you all my servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them, saying, Return ye now every man from his evil way, and amend your doings, and go not after other gods to serve them, and ye shall dwell in the land which I have given to you and to your fathers: but ye have not inclined your ear, nor hearkened unto me.

THE STATE OF ISRAEL.

Jer 7:28 But thou shalt say unto them, This is a nation that obeyeth not the voice of the LORD their God, nor receiveth correction: truth is perished, and is cut off from their mouth.
Jer 9:3 And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me, saith the LORD.

Jer 5:1 Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if ye can find a man, if there be any that executeth judgment, that seeketh the truth; and I will pardon it.

Still today God is seeking those who will execute judgment and seek the truth. It is impossible to execute judgment without truth, and since most are not interested in the truth, there is no correct judgment either.

Jer 5:2 And though they say, The LORD liveth; surely they swear falsely.
Jer 5:4 Therefore I said, Surely these are poor; they are foolish: for they know not the way of the LORD, nor the judgment of their God.
Jer 5:5 I will get me unto the great men, and will speak unto them; for they have known the way of the LORD, and the judgment of their God: but these have altogether broken the yoke, and burst the bonds.

Jer 5:31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?

The Christians of today will swear that they know and love God, yet they lie, as did those in the days of Jeremiah the prophet. They say that the church of today is strong, and it will be all the stronger as the day of the Lord approaches; even though there is no proof of this at all. In fact the word of God says the opposite; that there will be a great falling away, and that His people will no longer listen to sound doctrine. Today, it is the same as the days when God spoke these words to the nation of Israel. Everything that is said here describes perfectly how the church is today. The prophets do prophesy falsely, and those that rule do so by their own means. They do not rule in God's ways, but according to their own ways. And the people; well, they love to have it that way, because they are allowed to live as they wish. But what will happen in the end?
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They of course denied any wrong doing, and said that there was no sin to answer for; and that no evil should come upon them.

Jer 16:10 And it shall come to pass, when thou shalt shew this people all these words, and they shall say unto thee, Wherefore hath the LORD pronounced all this great evil against us? or what is our iniquity? or what is our sin that we have committed against the LORD our God?
Jer 16:11 Then shalt thou say unto them, Because your fathers have forsaken me, saith the LORD, and have walked after other gods, and have served them, and have worshipped them, and have forsaken me, and have not kept my law.
Jer 16:12 And ye have done worse than your fathers; for, behold, ye walk every one after the imagination of his evil heart, that they may not hearken unto me.
Jer 16:13 Therefore will I cast you out of this land into a land that ye know not, neither ye nor your fathers; and there shall ye serve other gods day and night; where I will not shew you favor.

Jer 5:12 They have belied the LORD, and said, It is not he; neither shall evil come upon us; neither shall we see sword nor famine.

The weight of the people's sins lay heavy on Jeremiah's heart; though in their eyes he was a troublesome and pestilent fellow, he loved God, and his people. The people were blind to the reality and the gravity of their situation, but it was all too clear to Jeremiah. As good and strong as Jeremiah, Moses, Elijah and many others were, and though Gods power and grace is so abundant; yet they were asked to carry such an enormous burden; which at times seemed to them, overwhelming. This burden, (the sin of Gods people), coupled with the responsibility of speaking to a hard, stiffnecked, and rebellious people; (basically on their own), they found was at times too hard to bare.

Jer 23:9 Mine heart within me is broken because of the prophets; all my bones shake; I am like a drunken man, and like a man whom wine hath overcome, because of the LORD, and because of the words of his holiness.

God was angry with the prophets and leaders for speaking lies and allowing the people to live in sin. He is just as angry today with the church leaders who do the same.

Jer 23:2 Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the LORD.

Jer 23:16 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LORD.
Jer 23:17 They say still unto them that despise me, The LORD hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you.
Jer 23:21 I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.

THE TRUE WORD OF GOD.

Jer 23:28 The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat? saith the LORD.
Jer 23:29 Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?

When God does send his word he expects his prophet to speak it faithfully. Yet these prophets were not only unfaithful in their duties in that they did not speak Gods word but they did also speak their own words instead. God asks what is the chaff compared to the wheat? Would you go through all the work of separating the wheat from the chaff to throw out the wheat and keep the chaff? Nobody is that stupid. Gods word is that good and useful wheat from which we make bread to sustain ourselves. However His people were discarding Gods good wheat and keeping the useless chaff instead. God then says that his word is also like a fire or as a hammer that breaks a rock into pieces. Gods word is not always the sugar coated rubbish that we are fed. It is not always the smooth easy on the ear lies that the pastors and leaders speak to please the people. Many times Gods word is something that many do not wish to hear. It burns and destroys all the useless works of the flesh, it pounds mans work even to powder as a hammer does to an hard rock.

Jer 23:30 Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that steal my words every one from his neighbor.
Jer 23:31 Behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that use their tongues, and say, He saith.

God says that He is against the prophets and the leaders of His people, who steal His words from the others. They discard the only thing that can help His people who are perishing, that is His Word of Truth, and instead they feed His people chaff. The word that they kept back from His people are counted as stolen; they did belong to them.

Jer 23:32 Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the LORD, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the LORD.

God sights the prophets lies and their lightness as the cause for His peoples erring. Gods people today not only lie by speaking their own words but they too take Gods word too lightly. They will not accept the full weight of his word by taking it seriously enough.

GOD SAYS THAT HE WILL PUNISH HIS PEOPLE

Jer 5:21 Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not:
Jer 5:22 Fear ye not me? saith the LORD: will ye not tremble at my presence, which have placed the sand for the bound of the sea by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass it: and though the waves thereof toss themselves, yet can they not prevail; though they roar, yet can they not pass over it?
Jer 5:23 But this people hath a revolting and a rebellious heart; they are revolted and gone.

Jer 9:9 Shall I not visit them for these things? saith the LORD: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?

AND TODAY

1Pe 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

AS YOU CAN SEE I LOVE JEREMIAH AND I LOVE GOD'S TRUTH.

1. But do you?
2. Are you willing to obey all of the truth, (the Word of God)?
3. How important is it to you?
4. If the truth is presented to you, are you willing to listen?
5. Can you recognize it?
6. Are you willing to turn from the things that you have believed and taught; to believe and teach what is right?

Pro 23:23 Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
Jer 9:23 Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches.
Jer 9:24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.

And I would ask again what is the truth to you?


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
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