The Whole Truth
Every word of God is flawless. Do not add to his words or He will rebuke you and prove you a liar.
~ Proverbs 30:5-6
Whenever I think I see some line of logic about Christ or Christianity that I think must be true, absolutely positively God's own truth, after I have had my period of excitement — I suddenly remember this verse, and a couple of others like it. And I have to relegate my insight into the lower realm of human wisdom; I realize, it's just what I think. And what I think, no matter how sure I am that I'm right, is not the Word of God. The Word of God is in the Bible, and if it is not in the Bible, plain as day, in black and white, it is not the Word of God.
This is one of the many reason it is so important to read the Bible every day. I can read something 50 times and when I go back and read it again, I find something new — or at least, something I didn't remember.
Where preachers and teachers and Biblical commentators will say all kinds of things, how do you know whether or not to believe them? Read the Bible. If two people or two groups are having a big doctrinal dispute, how do you know who's right or wrong? Read the Bible. As bailiffs in courtrooms are wont to say, the Bible is “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.”
And if somebody says something about Christianity you disagree with, you don't have to be confrontative. Just ask them where the Bible says that. Who knows — you might learn something!
Lord, let me always keep your Word separate in my mind from the words of men. Amen.
~ Mason Barge
Editor, Daily Prayer