Determining what is true
Life is full of choices that are based on what is determined to be true. People decide to follow what they have been told is true, what they research and determine to be true, or a combination of both. Church doctrines came about from interpretations of the Bible, for example, from which laws originated and became foundational values of many schools and universities.
History, archaeology, prophecies fulfilled and changed lives have convinced many of the validity of the Bible, which takes in every area needing to be covered in life. God is not out to trick people and hide what is true. He wants people to desire truth with the intent to follow it. In John 14:6 Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
In Ecclesiastes 7:29 is written, “Behold, I have found only this, that God made men upright, but they have sought out many devices.” (Ken Ham has a six-part series, regarding creation, including one covering Adam and all humanity.) Exodus 15:26 has, “I am the Lord (Jehovah-Rapha), who heals you.” “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Heb. 13:8). It can be seen from the above verses that the Bible can be used to interpret the Bible. Many books have been written about the Bible, which was inspired by God to be a guideline for all humanity. It is the only book throughout history that has survived as it has.
Every main subject of life is covered in it. No attempted excuses need to be made or accepted for any part of it. It was meant to be kept simple enough to be understood by all choosing to do so. In it God lets all know that He is no respecter of persons (Romans 2:11). Many Bible versions have a concordance with verses listing key words of subjects that make it easy to find helpful verses. Much controversy has existed about certain subjects of the Bible, including in I Corinthians 13:8-10, where it’s mentioned that when that which is perfect comes then the parts listed prior to that are done away with. This is a good example to consider the whole verse and those before and after it, because knowledge is also included, and it certainly has been on the increase.
Another example would be regarding healing, as Jesus said in Mark 5:34: “Your faith has healed you.” If healing is controversial and said not to be current, it’s seen that faith is referred to by Jesus, which has to still be active to believe and receive, as in Ephesians 2:8-9: “For by grace are you saved through faith.”
Jesus spent much of His time casting out devils, healing the sick and teaching whoever wanted to hear. He knew what He came to earth to accomplish and was determined to fulfill the entire plan. He spoke on the cross that “It is finished!” (John 19:30). Before ascending to heaven, after He arose, He said to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” He mentioned the commission for those that believe: there’s a choice to be made to determine what’s true and to walk in it. The tools have been provided in God’s plan for creation based on what each person chooses in receiving Jesus as Lord and Savior and in asking to be baptized in His Holy Spirit, learning the Word and acting on it in His love.
– Balliet is the regional director of John G. Lake Ministries, Williamsport.