Walk into any bookstore, or visit any online book retailer, and you will find countless numbers of books written from a Christian perspective about the Bible, God, and on daily Christian Living. I used to think that if something was labeled as Christian, it must be a good thing. But through the years, I have come to realize that this isn’t always necessarily so.
In ancient times, the men of Athens, Greece used to gather together and spend their spare time talking or hearing about the latest philosophical and intellectual fad or idea. Things haven’t changed so much since then. Sometimes, many of books written today are just the newest fad and don’t offer much spiritual truth to us. I like to call this the junk food version of the Bible.
There were a group people in the Bible known as the Bereans who lived in Macedonia. When Paul came to preach to them in the City of Berea, we learn that they listened intently to what Paul was saying but, unlike those from Athens, they did not embrace every new religious fad and worship any new god that came along. The Word tells us that they checked every day what Paul was saying and examined it against the Scriptures to make sure it aligned with The Word of Truth. God’s Word was their plumb line against all other teachings.
This practice of the ancient Bereans is a model for us Christians to follow in our quest for truth and revelation. Do not take everything at face value, especially something that claims to be Christian and from God. Remember, the enemy’s best disguise is being the angel of light. Pray for wisdom and discernment and build upon the foundation of the Word of Truth.
God, Your Word says to love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. I want to study your Word and ponder on spiritual truths that help grow my faith in You. Help me love You with all my mind.
Acts 17: 11 – “… they eagerly welcomed the message, checking the Scriptures every day to see if the things Paul was saying were true.”
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