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LETTER TO EDITOR: Freedom comes by accepting word of God

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To the editor:

There are two types of truth seekers; 1) People who seek truth within the word of God, who find it. "John 8:31-32 If ye continue in my word, ye shall (know) the truth, and the truth shall make you free." 2) those who seek truth apart from the word of God, who never find it, "2 Tim 3:7 Always learning, but never able to come to the knowledge of the truth."

"KNOWING" absolute truth has many advantages: the ability to write letters using statements of fact as opposed to relying on personal opinion, having knowledge based on divine wisdom imparted by God Himself rather than trusting in man's insight or human philosophy, and a freedom that comes from not being bound by religious tradition or denominational doctrine for spiritual answers. "1 John 2:27 But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don't need any one to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true."

"Doubting" absolute truth has many disadvantages; you're double-minded, ambiguous, unsure, unclear, uncertain, confused and unstable. "James 1:6b, 8 He who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. He is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways."

Having a relativist view is dangerous. Relativism is a belief in changeable standards: the belief that concepts such as right and wrong, goodness and badness, or truth and falsehood are not absolute but change from culture to culture and situation to situation. Pilate, an early disciple of relativism, had the very essence and embodiment of truth standing before him; he asks Jesus "What is truth?" Because relativists deny that truth exists; they are unable to accept God's word, hear His voice, or recognize truth. Satan, the god of relativism, very first words to Eve was an attempt to get her to question the validity of God's Word "did God really say?"; and to get her to doubt the consequences of disobeying God's Word. "you will not surely die".

Relativists deny truth in an attempt to avoid accountability and the consequences of disobedience; similar to a small child putting his hands over their face, thinking his parents can't see them. Denial is how relativists attempt to soothe their conscience. Everyone knows there's a God, even atheists; but they refuse to submit to Him. "Romans 1:19-22 They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn't worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools."

Freedom comes when you conclude that scripture is the word of God and not something fabricated by man. "1 Thess. 2:13 When ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God." Delusion and condemnation comes when you reject absolute truth. "2 Thess. 2:10-12 They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth."

Believing in Jesus, but not the Word is foolish; they're one and the same. "John 1:1-2, 14 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us." Accepting His Word would be wise, since it is His Word that will do the judging. "John 12:47-48 If anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, already has his judge--the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day."

Anyone, who wants to do so, can prove with certainty the authenticity of the bible. "John 7:16-17 Jesus said "My message is not my own; it comes from God who sent me. Anyone who wants to do the will of God will know whether my teaching is from God or is merely my own." With knowledge comes certainty, with doubt comes confusion. Opinion and doubt can coexist; but when knowledge enters, doubt leaves.

Merle Hexum

Perham

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