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There are many people in many religions who can’t shake the still quiet voice inside that is saying something isn’t adding up. Some will ignore that voice because they enjoy the environment, or they are fearful friends or family members may be lost. They have found their life within the church and don’t want to lose it.

Matthew 10:37-39

Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it. – Jesus

Does your church encourage critically examination? Or are you left with unsatisfactory explanations from your religious writings, or leadership? Are contradictions and changes explained away as “new revelation” is discovered, or maybe your prophet may have made errors because he was only a man.

In some religions challenging a doctrine after you have been given an answer can land you in trouble. Often if you confess that the answers you are given don’t make sense, you are told something is wrong with you.

I have challenged followers of other religions and even Christian sects with blatant inconsistencies, only to be told that they cannot look at or even touch anything that may challenge church teachings. They are told it of the devil. My question to them is, won’t truth stand up to a challenge?

Jesus tells us that the truth of God will stand up to assault. Hades or Hell, will not overcome the truth of Christ’s message. The historic Christian has never wavered from assault on the truth of the word of God. The Christian has no fear that Christs truth will be overcome by Satan or any other opponent to the truth.

Matthew 16:16, 18

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God… on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hell will not overcome it. – Jesus

Why in the world would any church that preaches the truth, be fearful of any question or challenge to it?

Jehovah’s Witnesses

The Jehovah’s Witnesses say that their primary writings, The Watchtower Society”, says that it welcomes critical examination. The problem is, the Jehovah’s Witnesses teach that only the Watchtower society can properly disseminate truth. So, you have to take them at their word what they are telling you is truth because the bible is not capable of saving you.

They say that it is sufficient to read the Bible exclusively, either alone or in small groups at home. But, strangely, through such ‘Bible reading,’ they have reverted right back to the apostate doctrines… (Watchtower; Aug. 15, 1981; p. 29)

We all need help to understand the Bible, and we cannot find the scriptural guidance we need outside the ‘faithful and discreet slave’ organization. (Watchtower, February 15, 1981, p.19)

There is no way for a Jehovah’s Witness to question the leadership who alone hold the keys to truth.

Mormons

Mormons are told to pray and seek a feeling about what his right or wrong, but if they get a feeling contrary to teachings, they are told something is wrong with them.

The bible is truth. Jesus gave his disciples the truth and they wrote it down. The bearean’s searched the old testament scriptures to be sure what the apostles were saying lined up with known truth and they were called “noble” because of it.

Acts 17:11-12

Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. As a result, many of them believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men.

They didn’t seek any feelings, the searched the truth that was already written down, because feelings are unreliable. Our own prejudice and sinfulness affect our feelings, outside forces like demons affect our feelings, so why on earth would anyone trust a feeling?

If you pray and your feelings are contrary to church teaching, you are told you are wrong and there must be some sin in your life affecting your correct understanding. Well, my question is, since they agree that feelings can be wrong, then what is the point of praying for feelings?

That is why the Christian turns to the written, tested, proven word of God for confirmation and truth.

Proverbs 14:12

There is a way that seems [feels] right to a person, but its end is the way that leads to death.

Like the Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormon truth is dependent on the living prophets who are free to change, add, or subtract from their previously recorded truth.

There isn’t a clearer lesson of the deceptiveness of feelings than the apostle Peter. Peter rebuked Jesus when he was told that Jesus must be arrested, die and rise again. He felt that this was wrong and rebuked Jesus, saying this must not happen. Jesus said, “get behind me Satan”.

Matthew 16:21-23

From that time on Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests, and experts in the law, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. So Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him: “God forbid, Lord! This must not happen to you!” But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me, because you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but on man’s.

 

If you are following truth, it will stand against all comers. Arguing against truth is like arguing the water coming out of the tap isn’t wet. The truth I follow, is not the fragile truth of other religions.

Twenty five years of people trying to convince me the bible isn’t true has only strengthened my belief, as I dug into the bible to find out for myself if God could stand the criticisms. For millennia, peoples and governments have tried to discredit and destroy the bible only to have it become the best selling book of all time, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. There is no small voice inside the Christian questioning the bible. Can you say that?

If you are not satisfied with the answers you are getting from men, then turn to the bible itself, maybe God is leading you out of bondage and into freedom.

Are you still thirsty? Has your religion left you searching for more? Are you still looking to things of this world to satisfy your needs? Jesus said our thirst is quenched with him. The reason you are still searching for truth could be because you have not found it yet.

John 4:13-14

Jesus answered, Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.

If that gentle whisper inside you is saying something isn’t right, maybe you should consider it isn’t.

John 8:31-32

Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

1 Kings 19:11-13

The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.

 

Robert J.

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