” If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself.”
Augustine was one of the original ODG’s post Christ not counting of course the ones who are in the Bible. His works have been foundational in the forming of the Christian Church as it is today. This quote written roughly 1,600 years ago is so relevant to human nature still today. Take what you want out of the truth,change the wording to fit your need, flush the rest, and then call what you have left the whole truth. I really don’t think that’s how it ‘s supposed to be. It’s still deception even if your the one deceiving yourself!
By the way cool names back then don’t you think! How does Ralphinius Leaversius sound? EH! maybe not! Don’t ask me where that came from.
Any how back to my thoughts! Have you ever been making a recipe and didn’t have an ingredient? I love to cook and sometimes I will see a recipe on line and think lets go make that. I’ll look down the list of ingredients, have that, have that, don’t have that it’s okay don’t need it, have that, don’t have that I’ll use this instead, have that, great! I have everything on the list I’ll make it for dinner. A half hour later (cause you really don’t have to let it set for 45 minutes) it’s ready to go in the oven. Every once in awhile this works, it taste great, and my wife is amazed by my culinary expertise. Most of the time she looks at it and politely says “it looks great honey but my tummy’s a little upset so I’m going to eat something light tonight.” Usually I end up wishing I had eaten a bowl of cereal too!
The Bible, all of it, from Genesis to the period at the end of Revelations is complete! All of it is truth all of it is important. Some of it is hard, convicting, goes against what we want God to be saying, but all of it is essential to our faith and understanding of God. Our understanding may change as we study and soak in the wisdom of the Lord, but believe me, the change is in us, not the Word. I don’t hold to some of the believes I had 25 years ago as a baby christian. I have studied, listened too, experienced God in so many ways that have changed my understanding, but the Word never changes. It is the same yesterday, today and forever God and his Word never change. We need to be very careful if we decide to change it to fit our design. Trust that He knows what is right and true. Deal with the hard stuff, and take comfort in the glorious promises that he has prepared for you.
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