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Friday, January 26, 2018

Who are you going to believe?

I don't know where I saw it. A wife catches her husband in some sort of compromising position (whether or not he was actually compromised). She is irate. "Now, honey," he tries to say, "who are you going to believe? Me or your eyes?" Of course, we all know the answer ... and it wasn't the one he was hoping for. Because we much more easily believe the obvious.

And, yet ...

Paul wrote, "Let God be found true, though every man be found a liar." (Rom 3:4) Who are you going to believe? God or your eyes?

So we believe our eyes, at least figuratively. Which is true? "I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ." (1 Cor 11:3)? Or, "Men and women hold equal authority in marriage."? Depends on where you're looking, doesn't it? Are you going with the standard worldview or with God's Wordview? Which will it be? "All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work." (2 Tim 3:16-17)? Or, "The Bible has some good things to say, but it's silly to think that it is completely reliable, authoritative, or sufficient."?

Just a couple of examples.

The truth is Scripture is full of stuff that is not patently obvious to us. Nay, it flies in the face of "logic" -- logic driven by fallen minds without regard to what God says. And, if you think about it, isn't that what you would expect? Would you really think that a book "breathed out by God" would be "quite human"? I don't think so. It would be divine and, as such, not in line with the thinking of fallen Man.

We are constantly changing, constantly being shaped. We can either be conformed to what we see around us or we can be transformed by the renewal of the mind (Rom 12:2). Who are you going to believe: your eyes or what God says? Paul already told us what he recommends.

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