I have to apologize. After reading and reworking this a few times, I have found it still falls utterly short of it’s intended goal. Maybe though, the message from Him will not be lost in translation.
The Bible has a lot to say about faith. Apropos, we live in a time where it takes faith, at first, to even believe the Bible is to be taken seriously. I promise, as time marches on, The Bible becomes one of the only things taken seriously; but, you are reading a GTS post: you are most likely way beyond that at this point. These articles are directed to strengthen, nourish, encourage and love already strong believers. Feeding the flock if you will.
Many verses are written about faith and when put into context, and studied with a believing heart the verses will shape you into a person you will love even more and is more suitable to be in the presence of God The Father, proving Yeshua’s work to have been good.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1
Years ago, I found it much easier to be in a relationship with somebody I could believe is real. It is very difficult if not impossible to love a fairy tale character with the kind of love expected for God. It took a long time for the confession of the mouth to sink into the fleshly mind. You know, it never will sink into the fleshly mind. How do you feel about this? The comment section is severely underused on my blog, and maybe that is a good thing, who knows.
In John Ch. 1, John writes that the Word is God. We won’t ever be able to prove God wrong. A way that my faith has increased so much further than I would have thought possible is through reading Scripture with a mind that knows all of it is the truth. I hope it has and will strengthen you too. The Scriptures are like threads, and our minds are like the eye of a needle. A single thread in the Spiritual does not do much good. Multi-threaded strands, threaded into the same eye are what build faith. Understanding this is the starting point because you can change the way you think about the world around you and how you react to it based on bending your brain, breaking the flesh to support the idea that things in the Bible support each other. You will allow Him to redefine the terms of your existence.
This, because the flesh subtly fights with itself and over-time destroys itself. The holiness of The Scriptures are at peace with one another. This is contrary to the mind of the flesh, which acts similarly, but instead of it being the eye of a needle that is being threaded, it is more like a cavernous honey comb. The armor we are given has a belt which is known for holding things together: the belt is truth. If you are deceived in anyway, you are vulnerable to the enemy’s schemes.
“For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded, life and peace.” Romans 8:6
So, when your carnal mind is telling you that Scriptures are being contradictory, should you continue to trust that notion? What will choosing to continue down the path of believing Scripture is contradicting itself lead to? What crop will it produce? The same, no, most likely worse than it always has is the answer to that question. What if you take a step in faith, and believe that everything God wrote is Him and that He does not contradict Himself? You will find a deeper relationship with God. You will also find greater responsibility and harsher consequences because He loves you. If you are not ready to handle a relationship with God in love, you will continue to be deceived, serving a false Messiah who was commissioned by The Father to be a false Messiah for the good of all those who believe. Satan is very very good at being a deceiver.
God The Father is Spirit, and the contract is quite clear: your flesh is not meant to be changed, but to die, and His Spirit in you is meant to live, not to be changed. It has been created such that there is not room for both, and the key to accessing your true self is faith, which is action. Without action faith is not.
Trying to prove Scripture wrong, or allowing deceit to rest in your life when it has been revealed is an act supported by evil.
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness” Romans 1:18
Prior to the revelation of evil in one’s life, the person was a victim nearly innocent. After a believed lie is revealed, when a person chooses to shun the holy and continue to embrace the lie, continuing to walk in what they believe is mercy, the person is still a victim but, at that point they are a victim of their own doing and they are guilty, at this point even responsible for their own guilt. They have not accepted the sacrifice made for them. Before they were guilty in God’s eyes, but it was not guilt they could be held fully responsible for yet. This is called “suppressing the truth in unrighteousness” and often times the decision to suppress the truth happens in less than a second.
“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and Spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
If a person can break through that gut reaction to the truth it almost always results in a several seconds of revelation. You know, the eyes glaze over, look up and away, while the person enjoys a mix of emotions and the holy gears of the Spiritual mind symphonically and synchronically turn. Often feelings of humility in realizing they had been a little off in their view of reality, possibly a bit of shame before the one who corrected them, but mostly the enriching and purely good feelings that come with several pieces of the mysteries of God falling together as the mind is washed of a lie and the truth that is indeed worth fighting for is revealed are the results. All that, and only in the first few seconds of revelation, if a person is ready.
“And like the light of the morning when the sun rises, a morning without clouds…” 2 Samuel 23:4
That is earned, and generally bought with sacrifice, with humility.
“.., Because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” Romans 1:19-21
It is being deep within a cave or vein of the earth, moving away the earth’s rubble and finding a gem that is both beautiful and strong. It is worth all the effort. The key to all of that is faith. Faith is the thing that breaks through the shear moment that victims often cannot get through, that brings them to suppress the truth in unrighteousness. I say again, according to Scripture, that kind of victim is not innocent and is worthy of death. Death does not happen right away, but slowly, over-time, death (what people call life when they say “life-happens” in response to hearing a tragedy) continues to walk, talk, work, and play. It is the outward result of an inwardly darkened heart. They are at fault for their heart was darkened more: they chose to suppress the truth in unrighteousness. It is our responsibility to allow a person to choose to do so if they wish, but it is our responsibility to never stop fishing. We, as a family, are responsible also for the continuing in seeking wholeness, “perfection” as the English translations put it: Teleios (the Greek tongue) as it was penned by His saint. Remember, Yeshua used nets, not hooks, unless He was paying taxes.
With God being The Word, if a person successfully proves Him wrong, then he builds himself to greater than His status. He allows people to believe they are greater than Him. Heck, He even allows people to believe He is a figment of the collective conscience’s imagination. This does not change the fact that somebody who believes that line of thinking, regardless of how sweet they are or the good they seem to do, is an evil person. They have refused to sacrifice their flesh to make room for the Spirit.
“Now the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, saying, ‘If a person sins unintentionally against any of the commandments of YHVH in anything which ought not to be done, and does any of them, if the anointed priest sins, bringing guilt on the people, then let him offer to the Lord for his sin which he has sinned a young bull without blemish as a sin offering.” Leviticus 4:1-3
The above verses from Leviticus are being used contextually. The purpose of the sacrifices (both animal and Divine) were used to make several points. Here is one of those points: I repeat, the righteous man must make a sacrifice every time a sin is pointed out if we are to move forward in righteousness. If we do not sacrifice, the path will be blocked and we are hopeless to find it. The above sacrifice is not made until the unintentional sin is made known to the sinner.
Wickedness is unwilling to sacrifice for the truth. The ungodly, seeming to do good, but always reaping a harvest that is not pleasing to God, they trust in their own works, and will not be obedient to faith. Proving the Scriptures wrong is an act that comes from a prideful place. God wants us to be humble in everything that we do: healing, learning, filling others with grace, and helping one another to sharpen our faith to a fine point that can pierce through even the darkest of darkened hearts. If we cast a mountain into the sea with faith we must be humble about it.
“Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.” Romans 1:22-25
Reading something in The Bible, with a heart of pride, that sounds like it is contradicting itself: such as the two different accounts of money that was found at the same threshing floor, the carnal mind gleefully and immediately jumps to the conclusion that The Bible is defunct, with or without it’s owner’s knowledge that that is what it is doing. If It is defunct, there might not be a Yeshua to need to serve. That would put us in a position where we are greater than Him: we exist, He does not. If we are greater than Him than the difficulties in walking the hard road are not necessary, we can do it ourselves, our works will suffice, the future is too far away and not worth investing in: all lines of thinking that shield the evil mind from the revelation of glory. No need to humble ourselves. When our minds see a contradiction in the Bible, know that it is an opportunity for you to communicate with your Creator, instead of an opportunity to dig the spear in deeper forcing Him to subtly slip the sheet over your eyes with His left hand.
“Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.” Romans 8:7
“If you love Me, keep My commandments.” John 14:15
The goal is to find out how Scripture (or God’s character) is not contradictory, through reading and studying the Scriptures. Would the good employee not find his coworkers’ and his boss’ words to be defensible? Would the good son do this for his dad and continue in doing so if it is found that dad is both right and loving? How much more, beyond this even, is required then in serving The Almighty? Keep The Messiah and those seemingly contradictory Scriptures on the forefront of your mind, all day, until God answers. He will thread the needle. Saul became Paul didn’t he?
That more or less marks the end of part one of this article. If you have learned things and are encouraged, I know it is difficult sometimes to stop something you are enjoying, but consider making a cup of tea, or even giving yourself a few days to meditate on what was learned. Especially consider doing so in prayer so that any misunderstandings or misinformations that could have found their way into your mind are meted out and replaced with purity. There is a second page you are welcome to enjoy when you are ready. Also, this is not a walk done alone, share this article with your friends and family and enjoy being built together instead of alone. It is not good for man to be alone.