There are many deceptions swirling around us in the world today, but only one powerful life saving truth. Unfortunately, some of the deceptions are slight twists of the truth that seem harmless enough. There are others that are a toxic brew of worldly philosophies mixed with scripture. Some counterfeits present themselves as being the enlightened way to follow, and try and convince people that times have changed and that we know better today and “don’t need those outdated Bible stories”. There are even counterfeit Christianity’s that deny Christ.
“For the time will come when people will not tolerate healthy doctrine, but with itching ears will surround themselves with teachers who cater to their people’s own desires. They will refuse to listen to the truth and will turn to myths.” 2 Timothy 4:3,4 ISV
The ultimate in deception that is being taught today is that there is a higher power in the universe and we each pick our own path to channel that. They offer the false notion that all paths in life lead to salvation.
The scriptures however, teach that the way is straight and narrow. There is one and only one way to travel on this journey and that way is through faith in Jesus Christ by accepting him as Lord and Savior.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” – John 14:6
This is the Doctrine that Christ taught, that there is one single way to come back to live with God, the Father of our spirits. Christ is “the way” in a literal sense because of his life death and resurrection.
Don’t give up on this journey my friends. It must become perilous right now toward the end in these last days. But if anything is true, it is that God loves us and sent his son to die for us to bring us salvation. Here is one such testimony from someone that was there.
“For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain. We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.” 2 Peter 1:16-19 NIV
If you are feeling discouraged, take out this one offensive weapon – the scriptures. Paul the apostle uses an interesting analogy in the sixth chapter of Ephesians. It is there that Paul instructs us to put on the figurative Armor of God. Most of the implements Paul instructs us to put on are protective and defensive in nature. One of them however is an offensive weapon. The one offensive weapon is the sword which he describes as the “word of God”, because it is truly “quick and powerful”.
“For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” – Hebrews 4:12
We read in Genesis at the start of the Old Testament that God spoke and the world was created. The power of His being is ultimate and His spoken word is enough to cause the elements to come together or to be scattered.
This power even extends to the words of God as contained in our scriptures. As we read them, their inspired words can be utilized to bring hope and power into our lives.