Real Bible Truths
Years ago (circa 1970), I looked out and saw something that really captured my attention. At one corner of an in intersection in a small mid-western town, two churches of different denominations sat opposite each other. Each claiming to be teaching and preaching the "truth". Not many intersections removed from that crossing sat two more churches of different denominations. In a rather small additional area there were others as well, in a nearby city still others and my wife was deeply associated with still another denomination.
I decided to look into it because it just did not make sense for there to be so much variation about the Scriptures to exist. Haven't you ever wondered why there are so many cults, sects, and Christian denominations with different methodologies and doctrines? Obviously, so have I. There is no cause to wonder. in the New Testament, time and time again, it is pointed out that from inside the congregations there were (and would be in the future) members who would prove themselves to be harmful to the new Christianity the Apostles were directed to build.
2 Peter 2:1
However, there came to be false prophets among the people, as there will be false teachers among you. These very ones will bring in destructive sects and will disown even the owners who bought them, bringing speedy destruction upon themselves.
Everyone should read the letters written by Peter. Not because he was a better writer or closer to Jesus but because he was more like most of us! He grew up steeped in the Jewish religion that he backed away from and yet held onto some of its rules and regulations. Most of us might do just that while backing off from the Christianity we now have surrounding us because we find some of it in error.
Peter was tempestuous, passionate, single minded, armed and dangerous! Jesus found it necessary to call him down on occasion and Peter was the one who drew a sword and cut off the ear of the slave of the High Priest when the soldiers came to arrest Jesus. After swearing his loyalty to Jesus, Peter was the one who denied Jesus three times just as Jesus had told him he would. Yes,Peter was a lot like us or how we might be if challenged by a worldly authority over a religious matter.
Peter finally came the the complete understanding of his complete role under Jesus and painted the false teachers and other disloyal members of the congregations he wrote to in vivid living color.
The letters that Peter wrote were for the most part a prophesy of how false teachings could alter the true Christian church. The false teachers were to be recognized and drummed out of the congregation. If discovered soon enough, no harm was done and the teachings remained unchanged but if not discovered soon enough, these false teachers founded the nucleus of the false Christianity which permeates Christian religions today. Even though the false teachers were banished from the congregations of Peter's day, they could and did preach an alien tenet.The horribly misapplied fervor of the Crusades, the Inquisition and the witch hunts which even found there way into the United States in the 1600s are examples of this false teaching. The witch hunts alone caused 45,000 deaths of which 80% were women, the Crusades caused the deaths of over 1,000,000 people and the Inquisition several thousand. Any way you look at it, the religions that make up today's Christianity have introduced and applied too many errors to excuse their misapplication as a lack of appropriate understanding.
"They" understand all too well and practice their spins with full objective awareness!
Many times I have been told that it is impossible to get a "hold" on true Christianity because it can be and is open to interpretation! This is not according to Scripture!
2 Peter 1:20-21
20 For you to know this first, that no prophecy or Scripture springs from any private interpretation.
21 For prophecy was at no time brought by man's will but men spoke God as they were borne along by Holy Spirit.
2 Timothy 2:16
All Scripture is inspired by God and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting
things straight, for disciplining in righteousness.
You either believe Scripture or you don't. It was not and is NOT written to be adjusted. There was nor is no reason for adding to or subtracting from that which was written from Scripture.