Did you know that the Bible actually says, “There is no God.”?
Okay, hold on, this is not heresy. It is a prime example of taking words from the Scripture out of context. Those words are written in Psalm 53:1. However, I left out a very critical part. Let’s read the whole verse for what it truly says: “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’”
Now that gives a whole different meaning to those words.
This is an admonition for us to study the Word of God on our own.
In the book of Acts, chapter 17 we read about Paul preaching to the Bereans. What I love is what is said about those listening, “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.” Acts 17:11
The Bereans were listening intently. They loved what they were hearing. They received it with eagerness. But they weren’t about to be led astray by someone’s eloquent teaching and exciting message. They opened the Book for themselves. They studied on their own. They looked at the Bible every single day to make sure the message being given was the truth.
People can make mistakes. Preachers can deliver wrong teaching. There are those who deliberately miss-interpret the Scripture for their own glory and pocketbooks.
We must know the Word of God for ourselves so that we won’t be led astray.
Father, I really want to be a student of the Word. Help me to be like the Bereans who studied every single day.