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December 8 // 1 Corinthians 8:20-21

Scripture
"As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain persons not to teach false doctrines any longer or to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. Such things promote controversial speculation rather than advancing God's work, which is by faith. Some have departed from these and have turned to meaningless talk. THey want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm." 1 TImothy 1:3-7
Observation
Not being one who has studied the history of specific parts of the bible, I acknowledge that my assumptions may not be accurate, but simply assumptions. It seems to me that in those times, there were people who claimed to be teaching Christianity and in their minds what they taught was right, however they clearly were wrong speaking against God's word. They, "Devoted themselves to myths and endless genealogies," genuinely believing what they taught was the truth. However Paul explains that what they taught was false, meaningless and even dangerous, for it would keep God's people off track to the important things, proclaiming God's word. The most alarming thing about this verse is how confident these false teachers were, that they really want to be teachers of the law, but unfortunately they were, "promoting controversial speculation," teachings that were of complete opposite of God's word.
This happening centuries ago, most of us believe that this kind of thing doesn't happen today. That there is no possible way that could happen to our church. I mean, false teachers proclaiming false doctrine in the church, no way, right? It raises the question of what kind of false doctrines could the teachers teach? And could that actually happen in our modern time. let alone our own church? I believe it could, and I believe it is. What is so amazing to me about the Bible is that the context from years ago still applies today. A simple verse can take your breath away because it has so much meaning to you and your current situation. I know creation and evolution are very, very touchy subjects. Most Christians would rather sweep the topic under the rug saying, "It doesn't matter, what matters is the spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ." And although I completely agree the Gospel Truth is vital, some people don't realize that the topic of creationism and evolution is the difference between a person's soul. There are atheist or even people who simply believe the world is millions of years old out there that will argue to the death that their way in undeniable. They claim to have proof and clear evidence, they're confident and devoted, just as the Bible says they are. I think sometimes people get stuck in the world, not having enough faith to trust God, that they resort to scientific "proof" in order to grasp at some sort of understanding and meaning. But Paul said himself that God's work is advanced through Faith. Not everything people say is true, especially coming from a secular point of view.

Application

This happening centuries ago, most of us believe that this kind of thing doesn't happen today. That there is no possible way that could happen to our church. I mean, false teachers proclaiming false doctrine in the church, no way, right? It raises the question of what kind of false doctrines could the teachers teach? And could that actually happen in our modern time. let alone our own church? I believe it could, and I believe it is. What is so amazing to me about the Bible is that the context from years ago still applies today. A simple verse can take your breath away because it has so much meaning to you and your current situation. I know creation and evolution are very, very touchy subjects. Most Christians would rather sweep the topic under the rug saying, "It doesn't matter, what matters is the spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ." And although I completely agree the Gospel Truth is vital, some people don't realize that the topic of creationism and evolution is the difference between a person's soul. There are atheist or even people who simply believe the world is millions of years old out there that will argue to the death that their way in undeniable. They claim to have proof and clear evidence, they're confident and devoted, just as the Bible says they are. I think sometimes people get stuck in the world, not having enough faith to trust God, that they resort to scientific "proof" in order to grasp at some sort of understanding and meaning. But Paul said himself that God's work is advanced through Faith. Not everything people say is true, especially coming from a secular point of view.

Prayer
Lord, I know this is an uphill battle. Many people will adamantly refuse to believe in your honest word, making up excuses for their beliefs, even twisting your words with their ideas so that they can feel comfortable meshing the world with your words. Lord I know you put this subject on my heart for a reason, and that it is only you who places the passions inside of us. I just pray that I don't let pride or offensiveness affect me, and that you graciously show the unbelievers that your word is true, that you are the Creator of the Universe, and that you truly are amazing and mighty in every way. Thank you so much for today and life itself. I love you Lord God Almighty.
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This journal entry was posted by Rachel. She is currently single with no children and has attended New Hope for the past 12 years.

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