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I have often wondered in amazement how so many people are strangers to the truth. Perhaps it is because truth sometimes hurts and some people cannot endure the pain it causes. Perhaps it is because some people have a hidden agenda. Perhaps it is because they are afraid it might condemn someone they love, or themselves. Perhaps it is because they have been conditioned to believe a certain way by their upbringing. Perhaps it is because they just do not reason correctly. Some people are honestly mistaken while others purposefully deceive others and themselves.
It matters not what the subject may be, many people simply believe what they want to in spite of the truth. In sports, I have seen people disagree over a call by an official and see something that was not there, always, it seems, siding with their preferred team. In politics, some people believe a certain thing to be true in spite of the evidence. In history, some people believe certain events to have happened, when they really did not. In science, some people believe that something is so when it is not possible for them to know. Sadly, the same thing happens in religion. . .
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I have had various discussions with individuals on matters religious through the years. Some of these discussions have been with individuals and groups on Facebook. I try not to get involved in these discussions too often because I know they take up a lot of time if they are approached seriously, and I don't always have that kind of time to give. But I occasionally will join in a discussion.
Unfortunately, in these discussions you run across too many people who will not deal honestly with the truth. Jesus clearly described them when He said: "And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God" (John 3:19-21). Those who are in error do not like the truth. They can't handle the truth! . . . .
It's easy to stand with the crowd even when they are wrong. It takes courage to stand alone for the right.
This is courage: to remain
Brave and patient under pain;
Cool and calm and firm to stay
In the presence of dismay;
Not to flinch when foes attack,
Even though you’re beaten back;
Still to cling to what is right,
When the wrong possesses might.
This is courage: to be true
To the best men see in you;
To remember, tempest-tossed,
Not to whimper, “All is lost!”
But to battle to the end
While you still have strength to spend;
Not to cry that hope is gone
While you’ve life to carry on.
This is courage: to endure
Hurt and loss you cannot cure;
Patiently and undismayed,
Facing life still unafraid;
Glad to live and glad to take
Bravely for your children’s sake,
Burdens they would have to bear
If you fled and ceased to care.
-Edgar A. Guest
Bible Question of the Week
(All questions come from the Scripture readings.) What are we to buy and not sell?
LAST WEEK'S QUESTION AND ANSWER
Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean thing?
ANSWER: Job 14:4 - Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.
WEEKLY BIBLE READING SCHEDULE
(Theme: Truth) Monday, February 11 - Deut.32:4; Psalm 31:5; Is. 65:16 John 14:6; 7:18; 1:14; 8:45; 14:17; 16:13 Tuesday, February 12 - Dan. 10:21; John 17:17; Jer.5:3; Psalm 96:13; Rom. 2:2 Wednesday, February 13 - John 4:24; Psalm 145:18; Josh. 24:14; I Sam. 12:24 Thursday, February 14 - I Kings 2:4; II Kings 20:3; I Cor. 5:8; Prov. 23:23 Friday, February 15 - I Cor. 13:6; Zech. 8:16; Eph. 4:25; Phil. 4:8; Prov. 3:3; Gal. 4:16
Weekly Memory Verses
John 17:17 - Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.