Since going gluten free several months ago, I’ve tried quite a few… well, interesting foods (that’s not really a good “interesting,” by the way). Now don’t get me wrong! There are a lot of foods I still get to enjoy, some of which are just naturally gluten free and others that have been modified to fit my diet. In fact, I made some double chocolate cookies the other day that were amazing! Thankfully I sent them with my brothers to a party (yes, they were good enough for non-gluten-free-people’s consumption) and the container came back with only two cookies (out of nearly four dozen) left, otherwise I would have eaten way too many, I’m sure. Cookies are my downfall in life.
But the thing about eating gluten free is that, for the most part, things are good as long as you don’t think about what they’re supposed to be. For example, the gluten free bagel I ate this morning was plenty tasty as long as I didn’t bite into it expecting it to be like a normal bagel. It looks similar to a bagel, but once you really get into it you’ll notice that the texture is a bit different. The funny thing is, if I’d never eaten a normal bagel before, I would have never know there was anything odd about this one.
Sometimes our faith can be the same way.
You see, there are a lot of different religions out there. Yet, contrary to popular belief, there is only one true religion. We can’t all be right; it defies the rules of logic. If you and I both believe different things, there are only three options: you could be right and I could be wrong, I could be right and you could be wrong, or we could both be wrong. But there is no way that we, believing different things, could both be right.
Of course I, as a Christian, believe that God’s Word is truth and therefore whatever contradicts God’s Word must be false. Even if it looks similar to God’s Word on the outside, if the inside doesn’t match up then it’s a counterfeit.
But how can we tell these counterfeits – especially the ones that seem so similar to Christianity at first glance – apart from the real thing? The plain and simple answer is, we must know truth in order to spot the lie. If you have nothing to compare these things to, how will you know if they are true or not? If you are not grounded in the truth (God’s Word), how will you determine what compliments or contradicts it?
“I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth. Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also. Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise that He has promised us–eternal life. These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you.” -1 John 2:21-26
And so, my point is this: as Christians, we must be constantly in the Word. We must know the truth and compare all that we read and hear to it. Because if we do not know the original, we will not know the counterfeit, even as we swallow it.
“But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” -2 Timothy 3:14-17
“Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you–unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.” -1 Corinthians 15:1-4
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