Yesterday I posted some thoughts, which were generated by controversy among brethren, and revelational as to understanding. But, we know that Truth and Wisdom only impact understanding when God’s Wisdom is what is being sought.
Proverbs 2:10 When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; 11 Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: (KJV)
The wisdom of the world is foolishness before God.
1 Cor. 1:19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. 20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? (KJV)
Proverbs is the book that Ellen and I had been reading through in January, and which our community Bible study has tackled for our study this winter season. If you are a believer you know that. God’s wisdom is to be sought and it ultimately leads to understanding. So my question and even my concern is why do we have so little understanding of Biblical truth within the Church body today?
Why do we have such stringent disagreement over whether or not one can walk away from his life in Christ or not do so? Are we to engage Scripture warnings to gain understanding? There is dispute over who from the history of mankind are included by God in the Church which Jesus is building. Then there is this one: how many parts are there to the “First” resurrection?
Why do we have lack of understanding concerning what Scripture means when it tells us that the gates of hell will have no ability to prevail against the Church? How does the disagreement over God’s truth get revealed within a doctrine creating both effect and affect surrounding that truth?
1 John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. (NASB1995)
Proverbs tells us that His wisdom and understanding is more precious than the jewels and the riches of this world, so why do we not come together and seek God’s wisdom and unity of understanding rather than to give natural man more reason for his unbelief? The lack of God’s wisdom and understanding is a condition for the world, and not to be one for the Church, because it will lead to the natural man’s destruction?
But what judgment must we endure for not even trying to understand the wisdom coming from God and far too often conveying our own understanding devoid of Scripture’s truth to a brethren hungry for the truth, but, who seem more inclined to man’s wisdom than to God’s?
Lean not unto your own understanding, or to the understanding of those devoid of God’s understanding?
It’s because the bible is subjective Jerry.
Different beliefs use the bible to justify themselves and vilify others.
The problem is that people have no understanding of what the bible is. Most professing christians believe it to be the Word or the word of God.
I just had this conversation with some jw’s on Saturday.
It’s always the pastor or the church down the road who has it wrong.
Who or what the Church Is, is always dictated from the pulpit when in reality, it’s dictated supernaturally from the throne of the Kingdom of God. Not dictated by a book or person, but by God Himself.
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Welcome back Stephen. God is the giver of truth, but that being the case what makes your understanding of that truth any better than anyone else’s claimed understanding of His Supernaturally given truth coming directly from God’s throne room?
Without the written text of what is the truth communicated by God; then each man will claim his own truth. That would seem much worse than each denomination claiming it’s own understanding of the same written word of God. And in fact that is exactly what God finds abominable. Each claiming his own truth. But that would be too subjective I would assume to you? Otherwise, what is your proof for this truth?
Proof of truth? Proof and truth are subjective, you of all people have demonstrated this to me along with other bible believers.
I never said my understanding was any better than anyone else. My understanding is exactly that.
My salvation is my responsibility, I shall deal with it on a personal level.
Why do you continually ask questions you all ready have answers for?
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Sorry I offended you, but do you really think that God would leave us without a standard with which to measure our own progress in our walk with Him?
You haven’t offended me at all Jerry. Unfortunately, any “standard” given would again be subjective. The first part of the bible gives all kinds of standards that the people of the time thought they were following. Turned out they had it mostly wrong. No differen’t than the people trying to follow the standard of the second part of the bible today.
Long before I ever read the bible, my conscience was convicting me of living up to a higher standard.
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I accept that. We do have a conscience that does direct us to do right, unfortunately it can and does become seared.