Destroying Our Christianity
Preface: Are signs and wonders always evidence of the Holy Spirit’s working? Can we base our faith on signs and wonders alone? What role might signs and wonders have in a false revival? In the context of revival, we need to ask, “Is it possible that the devil can create a false religious excitement and leave the impression that a genuine revival has occurred?”
“Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts” (2 Pet. 3:3).
Does this quotation sound familiar? It should. Every day we meet more and more scoffers, tearing up the fabric of our values, our morality, our lives—asking endless unanswerable and unethical questions. Questions: the world is filled with them now more than ever, and with them come doubt and fear. Now, these doubting Thomases are attacking the Bible’s validity. But we need to retain our confidence in God’s Word. Why? Because it leads us to know the Author of our lives.
But, you ask, how do we retain this confidence? First of all, we get to know the author. In literary circles, it is well-known that writers’ lives influence their work. So, when we are familiar with their characteristics, their styles, their perspectives, we are better able to understand and identify the compositions of various authors.
It is also important, however, to be familiar with the original creation. Sometimes this means learning passages by rote, at other times, learning them by knowing the contextual significance. But, knowing the work also gives one the ability to identify fallacies, end inconsistencies in copies, quotes, or allusions.
Finally, we must trace the pattern. In literature, we are told to check the authenticity of a book or article by weighing it against historical facts or others’ insights, and even other works by the same author. By doing this we can map the pattern and see the outworkings of creation. So, as we look into how God has worked in the past and in our lives, we come to recognize His way of doing things.
Using these methods will help us reassess our knowledge of God and His word. They will also, with God’s help, strengthen our faith. So, let us not be easily deceived: let us be wise.
1. How can I know that translations maintain the accuracy of God’s thesis?
2. Why does belief in the Bible as God’s sure word affect my Christianity? In what ways, if any, does it change the way I demonstrate my Christian principles?
3. Explain whether there is a significant difference between a scoffer and a skeptic; what about a difference in their characters, lifestyles, perspectives? Can you tell whether you are one or the other?